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Harold Augustin Calahan (November 7, 1889 – November 25, 1965) or H. A. Calahan was a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy and an author on sailing.[1][2]

He was born in Brooklyn and attended Columbia University for his B.S., Master</ref> He died of a heart attack in 1965 in Port Chester, New York and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on November 30, 1965.[1]

He is known for writing the novel Back to Treasure Island (1935), a sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. He strongly argued that Stevenson had in mind to write such a story.

Author[edit | edit source]

  • Learning to Sail (1932)
  • Learning to Race (1934)
  • Back to Treasure Island (1935)
  • Yachtsman's Omnibus: Learning to Sail, Learning to Race, Learning to Cruise (1935)
  • Wind and Tide in Yacht Racing (1936)
  • Ships's Husband: A Guide yo Yachtsmen in the Care of Their Craft (1937)
  • Gadgets and Wrinkles: A Compendium of Man's Ingenuity at Sea (1938)
  • So You're Going to Buy a Boat (1939)
  • Rigging (1940)
  • What makes a war end? (1944)
  • Learning to Cruise (1945)
  • Geography for grown-ups (1946)
  • Sailing technique (1950)
  • The Heavens As a Guide: The Sky and the Sailor; A History of Celestial Navigation' (1952)[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Harold Augustin Calahan, 76, Yachtsman and Author, Dead", New York Times, November 27, 1965.
  2. The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Volume 50 (New York: James T. White & Co., 1968).
  3. C. B. Palmer, rev. of The Heavens As a Guide, New York Times Book Review, November 23, 1952, p. 50: "The pronouncements of H. A. Calahan in his books on nautical matters -- they number a dozen or so -- are not always accepted as gospel among sailors, but it's doubtful that he ever wrote a word that hasn't been read with interest."

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