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I think I'll go to sea by [Jackson, Bob]
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  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006Z0KVX0
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An excellent book, this is how it was when we had a Merchant Navy it brought back so many memories when the "Red Duster" could be found worldwide, thanks to the stories written by Mr Jackson. Highly recommended, anyone who has seatime in should read this book, one of the best books I have read in a long time!
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I bought this book for my father's birthday as he was a Master in the Merchant Navy at the same time as the author. I thought I'd read it before giving it to Dad - taking care not to crease or bend any of the pages of course !! It is one of the best books I have ever read. Funny, informative and well written. Indeed it could have been my Dad (or any of his friends) regaling such stories as I have heard the same/similar stories throughout my childhood. As I spent a great part of my childhood on bulk carriers (iron ore, grain etc) - it brought back a lot of memories - even the same ports that Bob Jackson visited. Like Bob, my father spent his 1st 2 years in the MN (aged 17 and 18) in Australia and NZ. He also puts into perspective what wives and children go through with their husband/father being away for so long as well (in an era without mobile phones, internet etc)

I would love him to write a further book - perhaps as his time as Master. I did think that the author had written more books, but on further inspection they were written by a chap with a very similar name. Go on Bob - write another.

Wonderful !!
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One of the best and most enjoyable books that I have read, about the Merchant Navy, for many years. Very well written, humorously delivered and I would imagine very factual and as it was. Certainly a book that I would most highly recommend for anyone interested in the sea.
A sequel relating Bob Jackson's experiences as a master would be very welcome indeed and I would certainly put in an advance order.
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If you ever read only one book about the merchant navy then read this. Bob writes from pure and simple knowledge with little jargon and an easy to follow style. An outstanding book and I can't wait to read his next!!!
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A very good book how it was at sea in 1957 when we had a Merchant Navy with a large number of shipping lines to take your pick from
unlike today, the ship may be flying the Red Duster but not with British crew onboard. We saw the best times at sea when we had weeks in port
in all corners of the world, unlike today when you may have a 48 hour stay miles from any town.
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I joined the MN in 1972 - almost at the end of an era. By the time I came ashore in 1982 the British Merchant Fleet was in terminal decline - mostly the fault of the unions, but changes in tax treatment and the growth of flags of convenience also paid a big part.

I enjoyed this book - I recognised a lot of the characters and the situations. I recommend it to anybody who has been to sea, as I am sure it will generate a few chuckles. The writing style is light, and possibly a bit repetitive - but I guess much less repetitive than sitting at anchor watch off Lagos or Dubai! I notice that Bob has written another book (presumably on a similar theme) - I think I will get a copy of that as well.
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Although I spent my life in the Royal Navy I found Bob Jackman's book excellent read. Very well written without the normal plethora of errors often found in such work due to lack of proof readers. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who has ever spent time at sea and for those who have never set foot in a ship a damn good entertaining and often humourous read.
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As a former seaman I think B Jackson give a very true insight into a life at as you follow him from ship to ship,taking his exams etc. Only surprise I have about this and other sea books,no on gives much detail of storms at sea that they must surely have encountered. Over all very enjoyable
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