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Rough Seas: The Life Of A Deep-Sea Trawlerman Paperback – 1 Jun 2012
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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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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.Read more ›
Jan de Reus
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.
Well written factual essay of a hard life on deep sea trawlers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very good book about the Fishing industry before the Brussels bunch gave it to all to the EUPublished 4 months ago by Vernon M. Head
Gave it as present to retired fishing trawler captain he said it was brilliant (enough said).Published 18 months ago by sean frain
Loved every page being an ex fishermen i i have been there and if you pardon the pun read the book.Published on 3 Jan. 2015 by jimofnewark
Well written history of a Deep-sea trawlerman, interesting and informative. Recommended reading.Published on 6 Dec. 2014 by Michael Cooper