down to the sea in ships book
I have been to sea. I loved this book. As the ships cross seas of history and incident, seafarers unfold the stories of their lives, and a beautiful and terrifying portrait of the oceans and their human subjects emerges. Not sure i'd recommend to a friend. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In all weathers, at threat from pirates, and endlessly exploited by the shipping companies. This item: Down to the Sea: An Epic Story of Naval Disaster and Heroism in World War II by Bruce Henderson Paperback $16.38. Anxious to embark upon a life on the sea, Jed aligns himself with Joy's first mate, Dan Lunceford (Richard Widmark). Superb descriptive prose that vividly brings to life the day-to-day lives - & inequalities! Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published This book was hard work and I only finished it because it was my book club choice. This was the question for which Horatio Clare sought an answer when he signed on for two voyages on container ships. Even perishable goods are not exempt -- the insanity of transporting fish across the Atlantic: "It is evidently cheaper to catch all the fish in the East and bring them to the West Coast than it is to catch them in the West, or even to catch half the fish in each place and leave the rest to swim. I enjoyed this account of travelling on container ships -- it's a mixture of poetry, travelogue, history, and most of all an account of globalisation from the sharp end -- the men (they are, almost exclusively) who transport goods from one side of the world to the other. This full-blooded saga of the 19th century whaling industry stars Lionel Barrymore as tough old salt Captain Bering Joy and Dean Stockwell as his grandson Jed. Coates's book on the Rhine had some similar descriptions of ports with cranes, containers, and workers, but Clare tells a story with style. It does, however, suffer from its excessive length. Civilization would halt. What does it take to make a man? I urge you to read it. He traveled on one of their flagships around the world (which is the first half of the book). A book about how life on the oceans has changed, and how it hasn't, which inspires an urge to run away to sea at the same time as reminding you what a bloody awful idea that would be. Very glad I did. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published I was recommended this book on a podcast as a way of getting some insight into the lives of modern seamen. The prolific and beloved author John Grisham, known for his courtroom thrillers, is back this month with a new pageturner, A Time for Mercy,... With wonder and humor, Sturges and Laroche celebrate the beauty of theamazing vessels that have sailed through time, down to the sea, including a canoe, Viking drakar, whaling boat, steamboats, schooners, cruise ship, sailboats and more. He then reserves his greatest descriptive powers to attempt a portrayal of all the moods of the sea. Born in London, he and his brother Alexander grew up on a hill farm in the Black Mountains of south Wales. Hero Found: The Greatest POW Escape of the Vietnam War by Bruce Henderson Paperback $10.99. In Stock. What story here? I loved the account and even gave it to my mum, someone who is not at all a technical person, and despite her not getting the appeal of life aboard ship, she loved the book. A world most never see or consider but without which we would flounder. It's an intriguing ethnography of the tribal bands who populate the high seas, bringing those endless containers of the stuff we seem to need "getting and spending, we lay waste our powers". Part of the problem is that a lot of what you see in and from a container ship is (perhaps) rather dull and ugly. Be the first to ask a question about Down to the Sea in Ships. He also exposes the injustice of the flag of convenience system, and the way Filipino seafarers are systematically exploited even by "responsible" companies. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. It's an intriguing ethnography of the tribal bands who populate the high seas, bringing those endless containers of the stuff. Ships from and sold by But he has interesting things to say about the policies of shipping companies, and the anecdotes told to him by seasoned crew members are great. So much of the stuff that surrounds us and on which we depend is moved around the world by a constant flow of international shipping, almost all of it in containerised form. Start by marking “Down to the Sea in Ships: Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men” as Want to Read: Error rating book. I read this cover to cover. Just struggled a bit with the writing style. I really liked this book too, and I was surprised that I did. by Vintage Digital. To see what your friends thought of this book, Down to the Sea in Ships: Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men.


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