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Whither O Ship: Adventures in a Tramp Steamer

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Title:Whither O Ship: Adventures in a Tramp Steamer
Price:GBP£8.00 (about USD$10.10)
Book ID:B009-2688
Publisher:Peter Owen, London, 1989
Edition:First Edition
Binding:Hardcover (Original Cloth)
Condition:Near Fine Condition
Dust Jacket:Very Good
Peter Owen, 1989, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Near Fine Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good, First Edition

pictorial endpapers; Just after the Second World War the author, as a Merchant Navy cadet, sailed round the world in a tramp steamer, the SS Rembrandt. The world was then a very different place, and some of the countries he visited no longer exist politically. Moreover in those days Britain still had the world's largest mercantile fleet. Whither 0 Ship is a true story, which celebrates the passing of a proud and ancient British tradition. The story centres on the exploits and adventures of a young man who gains his experience of life in a truly tough and testing environment. He is almost thrown overboard by cargo thieves before he sets sail; is shot at in Palestine; stoned by dissident youths, first in Algeria and later in Jamaica; becomes lost in the Bush in Queensland and, going absent without leave, makes an amazing cross-country trek in New Zealand; and is abandoned by his ship in the Fiji Islands. His account of his harrowing ordeal climbing the mainmast in a hurricane should be read by anyone who intends crossing oceans in a small craft. Whither 0 Ship is full of romance, comedy, drama and pathos, but it is at the same time a journey of self-discovery as the author comes to realize the truth of the old adage, 'Whatever is in a man, the sea will bring it out.' Size: Octavo (standard book size). 197 pages. Dust Jacket is fully intact, no tears or chips, but carries signs of wear to top and bottom edges, corners etc. Dust Jacket un-clipped. White titles spine. blue cloth. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: Ships & the Sea; Travel & Places; Tramp Steamers; Merchant Navy; Biography & Autobiography. ISBN: 0720607434. ISBN/EAN: 9780720607437. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 2688.
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