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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752464531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752464534
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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About the Author

James Greene was born in Fleetwood in 1938. He left school at 15 and joined Boston Deep Sea Fishing Co. as a deckhand learner, moving to Grimsby in 1953. At the age of 22 he achieved his lifelong ambition and passed his skipper's ticket. When the fishing industry collapsed he became master of a supply vessel until a heart attack ended his sea career. When he was working as a tour guide at the Grimsby Heritage Centre many people suggested he should record his experiences, which is why he penned this book.


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Review of Rough Seas written for fishing industry trade magazine Fishing News.

Fishing the hard way: Rough Seas tells it like it was

I've read plenty of seafaring tales, probably more than my fair share over the years. There are a good few books of fishermen's memoirs to be found, some good, some terrible, and every shade between. I'd heard about Jim Greene's book Rough Seas some time ago from Ernie Suddaby, who had been skipper of the Hull trawler Gaul and on a trip ashore when that ship vanished in 1974 in mysterious circumstances - and who wrote his own fascinating book of memoirs, Fishing Explorer, some years ago.
Let's make it plain that this isn't what you might call an entirely impartial review. I sailed with Jim Greene a long time ago in the Liliane J, an old-fashioned beam trawler with no deck machinery and a hotchpotch crew made up of bolshy youngsters and old sweats who had learned their trade the hard way on distant water sidewinders. Jim was in the wheelhouse as mate or skipper and while he didn't say a lot, the man's skill and experience were unmistakeable.
But his book is a revelation. I had no idea that his experience went back to sailing with his father, a respected skipper himself, at the tender age of eight on Fleetwood trawlers fishing the hake grounds off the west coast. It was obvious from an early age that Jim was going to be a seaman and while still in his teens was already an experienced fisherman who had seen plenty of bad weather, big bags of fish, a good few crises on the deck and knew as well as anyone how to run a sidewinder's deck.
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James Greene has written a very interesting book about his life as a deep sea trawlerman. The book is very well written and Greene gives a good view of the hardships these men had to endure on board the deep sea trawlers. I can recommend this book to anyone who is interested in trawling.

Jan de Reus
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this was a fine book, telling about life on the deep water trawlers,
the authors life and vessels fished.
this did what it said on the tin.....
i was at the side trawling in 1965. so it was interesting to read about it.
when your at it you dont have much if any free time, and if you have you usually drop into your bunk for zzzsssssss.
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What these men went through to catch fish is hard to comprehend. Nowadays the owners would never get away with the way they treated these men. Virtually no rights and sacked without reason. Any owners who are left should hang their heads in shame.
Well written factual essay of a hard life on deep sea trawlers.
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Loved this book, makes you realise the hardiness of these men, and what they had to endure to bring a wage home, a truly great read, todays youth has no idea of what hard work it was.
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Excellentt book that gives the ordinary person in the High Street an insight into how hard life at sea can be, just to put fish on your table. A quality book worth the money
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I bought this book could not put in down, Worked on modern trawlers, These storys of fish weather were tremendoues, written well fantastic book thoughout.
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a good book with lots of true stories and pictures. as a fisherman out of grimsby in the sixtes it is told just as it happened
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