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5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent read., 31 Jan. 2012
I thoroughly enjoyed this novelette. I had never read anything about sailing ships in the 19thcentury before but this storyline about a collier brigantine - not exactly thetypical sailing ship, pirate, swashbuckling theme - was a refreshing change. The book is very well written and gentlyintroduces Dick Raine, Master Mariner and captain of "The William Thrift" andhis crew entering harbour at Seaham in 1881. The reader experiences the wild,hard life of sailors coasting coals along the coast of County Durham to Londonand the east coast towns of England. Harbour life and daily life on shore inthe town are vividly described. Thestoryline then leaps forward 18 months to a tragic event that was toemotionally scar Dick Raine for the rest of his life...... but it doesn't endthere....Events unfold which makes Dick Raine despair at the cruelty ofhis fellow man.
The novelette is presented with anumber of excellent photographs which help to illustrate and bring to life thecharacters, the ship and the harbour life.