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Time Zones, Containers and Three Square Meals a Day [Kindle Edition]

Maria Staal
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Book Description

Deadly pirate attacks and a near collision with an oil tanker are just two of the dangers faced by the crews of today's container ships. 'Time Zones, Containers and Three Square Meals a Day', is the story of life on the high seas, where real adventures still exist.

The author recounts her adventures on the container ship ‘MV Serenity River’ in this entertaining narrative travelogue. An unusual trip in a world that is usually hidden from view, and where working and living can become a struggle just because of the constant changing of the clocks. However, lifelong friendships are forged and dolphins play around the ship to the entertainment of everyone on board.
But what happens when a hurricane force wind suddenly comes up in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and starts tossing the ship about like mad?

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Book Description

Deadly pirate attacks and a near collision with an oil tanker are just two of the dangers faced by the crews of today's container ships. 'Time Zones, Containers and Three Square Meals a Day', is the story of life on the high seas, where real adventures still exist. The author recounts her adventures on the container ship ‘MV Serenity River’ in this entertaining narrative travelogue. An unusual trip in a world that is usually hidden from view, and where working and living can become a struggle just because of the constant changing of the clocks. However, lifelong friendships are forged and dolphins play around the ship to the entertainment of everyone on board. But what happens when a hurricane force wind suddenly comes up in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and starts tossing the ship about like mad?

About the Author

Maria Staal was born in the Netherlands (1969). She studied construction engineering and specialised in architectural history. While living in York, United Kingdom, she wrote her first book 'Romans, Vikings, Churches and Chocolate', in which she highlights the fact that even in the modern streetscape, York's ancient history is still visible. Her second book 'From dissenters to fire engines' was also written in York and focuses on the city's nineteenth century churches. Back in the Netherlands, Maria wrote about her adventures working on container ships in her book 'Time Zones, Containers and Three Square Meals a Day' and it's sequel 'More Stories of Time Zones and Containers'. 'Time Zones' is Maria's first book that is now also available in Dutch under the title 'Tussen containers en tijdzones'.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: FTK Publishing (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H1TDVU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,494 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Maria Staal was born in the Netherlands (1969). She studied construction engineering and specialised in architectural history. While living in York, United Kingdom, she wrote her first book 'Romans, Vikings, Churches and Chocolate', in which she highlights the fact that even in the modern streetscape, York's ancient history is still visible. Her second book 'From dissenters to fire engines' was also written in York and focuses on the city's nineteenth century churches.
Back in the Netherlands, Maria wrote about her adventures working on container ships in her book 'Time Zones, Containers and Three Square Meals a Day' and its sequel 'More Stories of Time Zones and Containers'.
'Time Zones' is Maria's first book that is now also available in Dutch under the title 'Tussen containers en tijdzones'.
Maria is currently working on a new three-part fictional series set in her 'home away from home' York.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Climb Aboard ! 9 Jun. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a fascinating and detailed look at travel aboard a working cargo freighter. The characters are witty, outlandish and fun at times, and the writer makes it easy to imagine being right there day after day. This book lets you smell the coastal air and feel the ship rock beneath your feet. I don't think I've ever read a story quite like it, and I'm sure many readers will relate to and enjoy this very unique style and perspective. You can slip on board the next commercial freighter or simply buy this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious and highly unusual travalogue 9 Jun. 2011
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An unusual travelogue which focuses more on the time aboard ship than the places visited. Readers will enjoy the hilarious anecdotes about the crew members and life on board, and get a real feel for the life of a working cargo freighter, something which I imagine isn't readily documented elsewhere by an independent witness. The author uses a very honest style, not exaggerating events to provide more drama, giving a diarized feel to the work which will appeal to readers who enjoy a more journalistic approach to auto-biographical works. A fascinating read, and a must for all hardcore travellers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By BigAl
Format:Kindle Edition
Strange as it may seem if you've never heard of it, many container ship companies (think of those big boxes you'll sometimes see on top of a flat railroad car) also have room for a limited number of passengers. Among other things, traveling this way is a non-airplane alternative when, due to seasonal or route considerations, a conventional cruise ship or other form of transportation wouldn't be an option. Hired to write a guidebook for passengers of a set of ships that traveled the same route, the author took the trip as research, writing as she went. This book is about what that experience was like.

I enjoy travel narratives of all kinds. This was one of the more unique I've read, mainly because the method of travel was so unconventional. The ports of call were often not the normal tourist haunts. Everything about Staal's experience was much different than the typical travel narrative. Although the author is a native of the Netherlands, she has lived for an extended period in the UK. I never felt that language was an issue; however, I did mark down by one star for exceeding my somewhat strict threshold for typos and grammar errors.

**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As it really happens 8 Aug. 2013
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I really enjoyed this kindle book as it brought back memories of trips as a passenger on Container ships. Though the names are fictional the events ring true
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 3 July 2013
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An alternative travel book. Good read, well written. If you're looking or a different type of travel story, then this one is for you.
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Try as I might I cannot recommend this appallingly written book. The English is sub 10 year old essay writing.

It's repetitive ,wallows in a lack of self confidence and ill informed miss information.
Compared to the Rose George 'Deep Sea and Foreign Going' this is a sadly lost opportunity.

Container ships deliver about 90% of everything- and I mean everything- we eat or use --and that includes you wherever you live - consume.
Their world is secretive (understandably so considering they are terrorist targets not only for PFR but also KFR. Their crews-mostly from 'the third world' in many cases are usually badly exploited despite the efforts or some major container line owners.
So what saddens me is the lost opportunity - where many great writer would give anything to access the opportunity given to Miss Staal..and she completely wastes it.
As both Miss George and Miss Staal are vegetarians at least this proves that being a vegetarian is not cause of bad writing and amateur reportage.
Check out the Rose George book.
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