All Sail Set:

A Romance of the Flying Cloud

Who can love the spread of canvas and the bend of the oak and not thrill to the names of the great clippers built by Donald McKay? Great Republic, Sovereign of the Seas, Lightening, Star of the Empire, and Westward Ho — these names ring from an era when the windships were the queens of the ocean and sail was king. But the most famous, the one that most securely captured the hearts and imaginations of the entire nation, was McKay’s masterpiece, the Flying Cloud.

Here is the story of Enoch Thacher, a boy whose father lost his fortune at sea, who McKay takes on during the lofting, building, and rigging of the Cloud, and who finally ships out on her for her maiden, record-breaking trip around the Horn. Accompanied by Sperry’s wonderfully vigorous drawings, this realistic and riveting narrative will keep even landlubbers pegged to their seats.

Praise for All Sail Set

A magical book. The romance is irresistible.
—Fort Worth Star Telegram

Armstrong Sperry, younger brother to Paul of the Sperry Top-Sider, was a beloved author and illustrator of children’s literature. As a child, he was fascinated by adventure novels such as Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island, which led him to embark on a year-long tour of the South Pacific that would inspire much of his work. He won the 1941 Newbery Medal for Call It Courage, a novel about a young boy on the island of Hikueru in Polynesia, and wrote or illustrated dozens of other books for young people. After many adventures, he moved with his family to Hanover, New Hampshire, where he lived until his death in 1976.

William McFee was one of the twentieth century’s most beloved authors of sea stories. He spent a large portion of his own life at sea, including its first moments; he was born on his father’s three-masted ship Erin’s Isle. While working as an engineer on ships owned by the United Fruit Company, he wrote dozens of books about seafaring adventures. He also wrote book reviews for The New York Times, including Zelda Fitzgerald’s favorite unfavorable review for her novel Save Me the Waltz.