Not so much about ships, more about the eccentrics and oddballs that used to grace the British Merchant Navy. Twenty five years of roaming around the oceans of the world have given the author an insight into the qualities needed to deal with natures most demanding mistress without getting too wet. More
Taken away from the bosom of his family in 1972, by chance, and not a little alcohol, the author is introduced to life on board a tramping coaster and thrown into a world of wonderful characters that would otherwise be ensconced in a institution more suited to the certifiable. A way of life that is unfathomable for men unlucky to be stuck ashore with families and work. From huge deep sea bulk carriers in exotic ports to tramping coasters around the coast of Britain and Ireland the seamen sailing them are distinguishable from landlubbers by memories that can only surface when in the company of like minded souls. Then the laughter begins. This book may go some way to explain why.
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After 50 odd years of wandering around the globe in a state of drunken debauchery, I have now settled down in South Wales sans the debauchery and writing humorous articles and books in a nostalgic sense of 'did that happen to me'.