An Autobiography
by Billy ‘Scratch’ Hitchen
At the age of just 14, author, Billy ‘Scratch’ Hitchen, ran away to sea - by 19 he had sailed around the world five times!

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An Autobiography
by Billy ‘Scratch’ Hitchen
At the age of just 14, author, Billy ‘Scratch’ Hitchen, ran away to sea - by 19 he had sailed around the world five times!

An Autobiography
by Billy ‘Scratch’ Hitchen

At the age of just 14, author, Billy ‘Scratch’ Hitchen, ran away to sea. Remarkably, by the age of 19 he had sailed around the world five times! This autobiography, takes us on his journeys around the globe. From the mountainous seas off Cape Horn, to the Indian Ocean and the Pacific, from the most southerly tip of New Zealand to the North Atlantic and Canada, from oil drilling and exploration in Argentina to the construction of oil pipelines in the swamps and jungles of West Africa. Surviving storms and groundings, collisions and a near fatal accident, finally he swallowed the anchor and came ashore more than 40 years after running away to sea. His stories, told in an easy-to-read, charismatic way, are a unique and vivid record of recent maritime history and an inspiring tale of one man’s courage and determination. 393 pages, illustrated with black and white photographs. Very highly recommended.

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