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A voyage in the Sunbeam : a family sailing around the world for eleven… (1878)

by Annie Brassey

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Republication of her earlier work, 1887, Around the world in the yacht 'Sunbeam'. ( )
  keylawk | Sep 12, 2006 |
Mrs. Brassey entirely shares her husband's tastes and interests, and evidently is cut out for a traveler, and thus it came about that on July 1, 1876, they started in their magnificent steam yacht, the Sunbeam, for a tour of the world.… No reader of this book can fail to be pleased with it, and with the exquisite drawings by which Mr. Bingham has illustrated the singularly felicitous descriptions.
added by Muscogulus | editNew York Times (Jul 7, 1878)
 

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Annie, Lady Brassey was a very popular Victorian author. She travelled with her husband, Thomas and their four children aboard their yacht, the Sunbeam. Their eleven month sailing trip around the world in 1876-7 was inmortalized in Anna's book "A Voyage in the Sunbeam". The book ran through many English editions and was translated into many other languages. During her travels, lady Brassey collected many objects of the different cultures they visited. Her large collection of ethnographic and natural history objects were originally shown in a museum at her London house but they were moved eventually to Hastings Museum in 1919. Annie Brassey spent the last ten years of her life mainly at sea. She died suddenly of malaria on the way home from India and Australia in 1887 and was buried at sea at the age of 48.
Between 1874 and 1887 the exceptionally wealthy Brassey family embarked on a series of extensive cruises abroad on their private steam yacht the Sunbeam. Lady Annie Brassey's accounts of these worldwide journeys, notably her best-selling A Voyage in the ‘Sunbeam’: Our Home on the Ocean for Eleven Months (1878), made her, her family and the Sunbeam household names in Victorian Britain and beyond. With a professional crew and domestic staff, the Sunbeam enabled the Brasseys to go wherever they pleased and provided Lady Brassey with a mobile home from which to compose her travel writings and collect souvenirs from around the world.
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