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DISCOLOURED WATER REPORTED by [Vaughan, Alan ]
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  • Language: English
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As a former Radio and Electronics Officer I have read many books concerning Britain's Merchant Navy (when we had one worth mentioning). Many have been autobiographical and some, like this, have been fictional and I suppose like all books have varied widely in quality. I approached this book with an open mind but with the slight caution that I tend to prefer factual rather than fictional type memoirs. I need not have worried because this is a most enjoyable book. The book is quite clearly fictional but based on fact where the names have been changed to protect the innocent. Many of the anecdotes and stories will ring true for those of us who were at sea during the 1960's, the era in which this book is based. The vessel in question is loosely disguised as a ship in a company that was famous for doing long, usually 2 year, voyages but one who had a very good reputation within the industry. The company is one of the few from that era which still exists in it's present form today.
This is excellent nostalgia for ex MN personnel but I can also recommend it to the 'layman' as a good and entertaining read from an era when those of us who were there had a great time (the 60's). The profession of the Radio Officer has been overtaken by modern technology but books like this help perpetuate the memory. Highly recommended.
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A thoroughly captivating, funny and nostalgic deepsea trip through the last glorious days of the British Merchant Navy - a time when the traditions and culture of the Empire still survived on merchant ships but nowhere else as it was about to be demolished by the relentless onward march of containerisation, mammoth ships, downstaffing and "flagging out".
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Knowing very little about the life of a radio officer (first class) traveling the world world in the merchant navy, I was delighted at the ease and humour of this book. For what could be a very technical subject the author portrays the life of the radio office in a light hearted but also proud and respectful way. This is a cracking read and thoroughly recommended, a riveting and humorous story of everyday life aboard a tramp ship in the pacific, the life on board, the girl at every (well some) ports and the exotic (and not so) ports of call.

Definitely recommend this read!
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As a former MN Radio Officer I found this book excellent and one that brought back lots of memories of life at sea in the 1960s. The humour is so true to life and made me laugh as I recalled similar incidents. All the characters are well depicted and the details of wireless communication are dealt with in a manner that a non operator could understand them. As Radio Officers are no longer carried on ships it also provides a historical footnote. I thoroughly reccommend this book not just to ex seafarers but to all readers who would like to take a voyage deep sea - sign up!
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If you served in the British Merchant Navy at any time in its history, this book is for you. More than that though, it is a story about a way of life that those who love us and know us well, but have never worked on ships, can never really know or understand why it was such a wonderful life despite and because of, the hardships sometimes experienced.
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I came across this book reviewed in our local paper. It's a wonderful odyssey of life in a tramp ship in the 1960's. The other officers are brilliantly depicted, especially the Masters.
I was a deck cadet in cargo liners at about the same time, so can vouch for the Australian accuracy of description. It brought it all back!
Thanks for publishing it, Alan
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Although fictional an excellent account of life in the Merchant Navy and the interaction of the crew living a cocooned life. Extremely well written and very entertains humour. Looking forward the Alan's next book - coming soon !
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I found this great holiday reading, which caused my wife some embarrassement when I erupted into Mutley laughter with other passengers around. The author being of similar age to myself I could identify with many of his experiences. I was only sorry when it finished.
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