Dagny Rocks

Rhea grows up in the hippie days of the 70's aboard a hand-built, ocean-going tugboat. Later she joins Icelander Petur on his big sailing ketch. With an ever-changing crew, Dagny voyages nearly non-stop happily surviving mechanical failures, ripped sails, a keel conversion, irate port captains, multiple mast-removals, and two Newfoundland winters. More

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About Rhea D. Smith

Rhea Smith, born 1965 in Fort Meyers, Florida, was raised aboard mullet boats, handmade tugboats, freighters and barges back when she was a kid. As she grew, she tried to get an education, but it didn’t stick. So she went off on adventures, working in commercial shipping & salvage before giving it all up for the good life — sailing! She has moved around all her life, and has not settled down yet.

She started working on the book in 2010, and is very proud to become an author. She hopes you will enjoy voyaging with her in Dagny Rocks.

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Alicia reviewed on on March 5, 2014
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Dagny Rocks is a fun series of stories about the adventures that occur on an enormous sailboat. The main characters travel from the North Sea to the Caribbean Sea, along with an interesting series of crew members. The tribulations one faces in the many ports Dagny dropped anchor were written in such a way that, even though one might lose one’s mind at the time, were laugh-out-loud funny. Hindsight works that way, I suppose. Encounters with oddly interesting people always make for good storytelling. The author seamlessly incorporates her personal experiences, growing up traversing oceans on a tugboat with her family, into the mix. The rhythm of the book is a continuous flow, almost like a cadence, that draws you in and makes it hard to stop reading merely because the chapter ends. Imageries of the lush, beautiful, while varied, islands of the Caribbean, and even the crazy bustle of the native culture easily lend cause to want to visit. A nice, easy, pleasant read. I highly recommend it.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
tugboatlegendelsbeth reviewed on on March 3, 2014
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I enjoyed Dagny Rocks very much. Rhea Smith, my daughter went to sea at the age of four on the 65 foot tug ELSBETH. We worked the U.S. Coast, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Coastal South America. It was no accident that she joined up with Petur, a skillful Icelantic sea captian to cruse the watery part of the world in a 72 foot sail boat. Rhea is a very good writer, blessed with a sense of humor, and a vast knowledge of the sea. It warms my heart to see my young tug schooled student present her first book, DAGNY ROCKS to the public. Bon Voyage!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
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