Captain Kenneth P. Puckett got his start on ships at age 14 working on a ferry on the Ohio River. He joined the U.S. Navy while still a teen, then in 1966 transferred to the U.S. Army to help operate its ships. In 1974, he received his bachelor's degree from State University of New York Maritime College. Captain Puckett was selected in 1980 to join the elite group of maritime pilots guiding ships on the Panama Canal. He continued in that job until his retirement in 1996. Since then, he's become a popular speaker and frequently lectures on cruise ships, including ones owned by Disney.
The history and operations of the Panama Canal during the 1980s and 1990s come to life in this vibrant memoir by retired canal pilot Kenneth P. Puckett and co-authored by longtime journalist William D. LaRue. In this autobiography, Captain Puckett shares "sea stories" and other exciting personal tales that have made him a popular maritime instructor and cruise ship lecturer.