Merchant Navy Survival Guide

Merchant Navy Survival Guide

Author: Nic Gardner

Publisher: Nic Gardner

ISBN: 9780473521035

Category: Education

Page: 63

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Have you ever gazed at a ship on the horizon, or contemplated a ship leaving port, and wondered what it would be like to work on something like that? Have you ever thought about going to sea, but you didn't know where to start? Are you curious about the practical details of life at sea? This is the book for you! Learn the difference between the merchant navy and the navy, and how maritime law works. Explore the jobs that are available on merchant ships, find out what sort of training you need, and what you need to know to get started. Discover what to expect on your first ship, what to pack, and how to deal with the most common problems on board. This book has everything you need to find out whether to heed the call of the sea!

Trampships, Tankers and Polite Conversation

Trampships, Tankers and Polite Conversation

Author: John Lee

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1434305260

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 163

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When John Lee joined the Merchant Navy he had no idea of the adventures which were to come his way over the next ten years. An innocent sixteen year old from East Yorkshire, he was first apprenticed to the toughest of trampship companies before experiencing the potentially explosive delights of life on an oil tanker.Finally, as a young officer enjoying rather more civilised surroundings, he is obliged to learn the art of polite conversation as he mixes with affluent first class passengers and takes charge of a memorable rescue at sea.... The book is a fascinating insight into life in the Merchant Navy of the 1950's and 60's peppered with a wealth of characters and stories. Often hilarious, but always truthful and entertaining, life on board and in port is described in all its facets- the typhoons, icy, bone-chilling North Atlantic gales, freak waves and near disasters, awful food and the demon drink. The stories and anecdotes come thick and fast of gnarled seadogs and eccentric captains, knife fights and bandits as well as sex pests and the beguiling females who haunt the dock gates. This entertaining book is a window on a way of life now largely gone, a tribute to that unique breed of men who put their skills and mettle to the test as they crossed the wild, unforgiving oceans of the world.

Below Decks; from Pantry Boy to Steward in the British Merchant Navy, 1954-1961

Below Decks; from Pantry Boy to Steward in the British Merchant Navy, 1954-1961

Author: Peter Joseph Troy

Publisher: Fast-Print Publishing

ISBN: 9781780356723

Category: Merchant marine

Page: 261

View: 254

'Walk into any shipping office anywhere, show 'em your book and you're away. Africa, the States, Canada, up the Amazon - the world's your oyster, mate.' And Frank the Pantry-man was right. Joining the Merchant Navy was a great way for any youth to escape

The Merchant Navy

The Merchant Navy

Author: Richard Woodman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780747813484

Category: History

Page: 56

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At one time British ships carried half of the world's trade, transporting every conceivable type of freight from and to all four corners of the globe – and in times of crisis the merchant fleet has also offered military assistance. In fact, the merchant convoys and armed cruisers that defied the German blockades to supply Britain in the First World War were so pivotal that they were recognised as a second 'navy' – the Merchant Navy. This fleet again saw service in the Second World War, continuing to keep Britain provisioned even in its darkest hour. Richard Woodman here relates the Merchant Navy's colourful history and brings to life the day-to-day experiences of the seamen.

Voyage East

Voyage East

Author: Richard Woodman

Publisher: Canelo

ISBN: 9781788636216

Category: Fiction

Page: 220

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A stirring tale of life aboard ship during the last great days of the Merchant Navy New junior officer Laddie signs on to the cargo liner Antigone on a voyage to the Far East. He finds himself part of a crew who all have their own stories to tell about life at sea. Over the course of the eventful journey to Hong Kong and Singapore, he comes to know them all, from Captain ‘China Dick’ Richards and the experienced and remote Master to the vulnerable young radio officer Sparks and the deck crew. Little does Laddie know, but this voyage will be a turning point for Antigone and all who sail in her... Perfect for fans of Patrick O’Brian and Dewey Lambdin, Richard Woodman draws upon his six years of service on ships to evocatively capture life aboard.