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A fascinating insight into a life that's over the horizon from our lives ashore.,
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This review is from: Down To The Sea In Ships: Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men (Hardcover)
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.