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Down To The Sea In Ships: Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men [Kindle Edition]

Horatio Clare
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"Stupendous and extraordinarily exciting... What Clare demonstrates, even beyond his undoubted gifts as writer, is his basic humanity. I read his wonderful book with gratitude for his insight - but also with increased admiration for the men to whom we owe almost everything in our comfortable and secure lives" (Philip Hoare Times Higher Education)

"Rich and dense, full of old sea-dog stories, with barely a word wasted, it's a triumph of quiet artistry" (Marcus Berkmann Daily Mail)

"This is a warm and lyrical book about a tough trade in tough times" (Sara Wheeler Observer)

"Wonderful... Clare's writing is fluid, light and eminently readable, but perhaps his greatest asset is his empathy" (Philip Hoare Sunday Telegraph)

"A lyrical, heartfelt but eye-opening chronicle... Both romantic and realistic, written from the heart but crafted with a seafarer's "passionate precision", [Clare's] book will steer you into the new year on a course that may deepen your grasp both of that world, and of ourselves" (Boyd Tonkin Independent)

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Acclaimed nature writer Horatio Clare travels the great oceans on cargo ships, and witnesses the collision of two temperaments: man and the sea

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An. essay on the sea and on all of our journeys 31 Mar 2014
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Read it for the pleasure of the prose and the hidden world it reveals. A round the world story of (mainly) men meeting themselves in the revealing wash of oceans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Really interesting insight into an essential part of our world that we never think of, but we should. If we want a sustainable and fair supply chain for the goods we use every day, it needs to take into account the people who transport them to us. Based on this book, the shipping industry in many cases is exploitative, dangerous, racist and cruel. We need more visibility on shipping. This book is a good starting place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I found this story both revealing and informative. Clare develops a deep sense of the real life aboard the modern cargo ship, supplemented by some of the travails of the modern seafarer, whether it is lack of internet access or discriminatory pay and conditions for the crews.

The book tells the tale of the author's voyages on two ships. About two thirds of the book is taken up with the first voyage. Somewhat like Monserrat's "The Cruel Sea" (quoted from in Clare's tale), the story of the second ship seems to not fit so well - or maybe I felt an affinity with the first crew, and just couldn't warm to the second crew's story quite as much!

But that's a minor quibble! I looked forward to reading this book whenever I could and passed many pleasant hours on board with the sights, sounds and smells of the Maersk vessels. Anyone who ever wondered what life as a modern deep sea merchant seaman might be like will be fascinated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new Perspective 25 Jun 2014
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My only experience of sea going is by North Sea and Channel ferries; having said that I found this book both fascinating and illuminating .Horatio Clare writes well,I enjoyed the narratives of past voyages, a help to novices in appreciating the courage and endeavour of past ages. I think that Clare was highly empathetic concerning the lot of the Indonesian seamen, having known nothing of this in the past I am now acutely aware of their plight and feel that action should be taken at an international level to improve their lot however, I am not optimistic given the complexities of the world wide industry. Ending on a more positive note, this is a book well worth reading, elements of adventure ,maritime history, human life in all its variety and the geography of the oceans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I enjoyed every word of this excellent book. Clare's description are detailed, lucid and visual, without ever being overblown or seeming contrived.
It helps if you are fascinated by the sea and it's traffic, but you could just enjoy this work as a great piece of writing. I loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and reality at its best 15 April 2014
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This is a snapshot of modern shipping coupled with a journey around the world - wonderful writing and historical references thrown in to make a great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Down to the Sea in Ships 16 Mar 2014
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Mr Clare writes brilliantly, evoking the many moods of the sea with insightful comment on his shipmates. For this reader more technical information on the ships would have been welcome, but this does not detract from a very satisfying read overall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ins and outs 2 Mar 2014
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Interesting and sort of compulsive but very readable. Highlights the attitudes of shipping companies to personnel and crews, and of governments to the world of commerce.
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Published 5 days ago by Jill Phipps
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good reading. Horatio undertook an exciting and at times ...
Very good reading. Horatio undertook an exciting and at times scary journey. Thrown in were some interesting historical naval facts.
Published 13 days ago by Jason McGee
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a non-book …
… and I suspect the author knows it. He persuaded Maersk to let him sail on two of their container vessels - one to the Far East the other to Canada - and write about his... Read more
Published 1 month ago by G. Gilpin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great picture of life on modern merchant ships
Enjoyed this immensely, well written and brought modern merchant shipping to life. Would recommend to anyone with an interest in the maritime world.
Published 1 month ago by Ken Kirk
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly recommended
Stodgy start when he tries to be a bit too literary but after that the book comes alive. You can almost smell what is going on. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephen Younger
5.0 out of 5 stars Down to the sea in ships
Excellent read and very accurate in describing life at sea and the unique life led by seafarers and the problems they face in doing a job which keeps the world going round
Published 2 months ago by Susan Taylor
2.0 out of 5 stars Lost At Sea
I've read and really enjoyed Horatio Clare's "dry land" works, but this time I'm afraid I was rather lost at sea. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Roger Risborough
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