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It has indeed been a GREAT couple of years or so for the release of books on Flynn.
Two EXCELLENT books in particular have come out more recently, which are RARE glimpses into, literally, the "interiors" of Flynn's two most beloved possessions: the Mulholland Drive home (Errol Flynn Slept Here by Robert Matzen and Mike Mazzone) and his boat (Master of Errol Flynn's Yacht Zaca Captain Patrick C. Cother by Bonny Cother).
As Ms. Cother's book has been less spoken about I will say a few words here.
The title of the book would suggest it is some sort of biography about the author's father, Captain Patrick C. Cother- but that is not altogether accurate. True, that this whole book is based upon a collection of HIS various saved records in his time as Captain. More accurately, however, Mr. Cother was not only the Captain of the Zaca, but even more importantly, the CHRONICLER of events in and around the Zaca. And the subject of this "biography", more accurately, is the re-created story of the Zaca and, as it turns out, late in her day- as witnessed through her father. This will be made more clear.
First of all, it is interesting to note, there have been only two other books, that I know of, ever published about the Zaca and its doings and that was back in 1933 and 1938: Cruise of the Zaca by Templeton Crocker, and Zaca Venture by William Bebe, respectively. And we finally (and happily) now have a third.
So with that said, we pick up with some more of that story ... and join Bonny as she opens up a chest of her late father's most precious items- in particular, the photographic as well as paper records of her father's 18 month tenure as Captain of the Zaca (1956-7).Read more ›