A great read and a reminder to many of us how lucky we were to serve in the great British shipping companies of that time."/>
by Stuart Edmond
A great read and a reminder to many of us how lucky we were to serve in the great British shipping companies of that time.
by Stuart Edmond
The author, as a young man, had dreamed of a life at sea and he was to realise this ambition. He was accepted for a place on the Cadet Course at Leith Nautical College, (1952/53), later joining the famous Ben Line as a cadet and then officer. This is his story and a fine one it is too – of his ships and voyages, cargoes carried, work routines in port and at sea, shipmates, studying for Certificates and life when on leave. He describes a way of life at sea on general cargo liners, which has now gone – when ships carried large crews, time in port was generous and with little restriction on shore leave other than perhaps in countries such as Communist China. Like many of us, he faced the choice after marriage of continuing life at sea or changing course and career to pursue a more orthodox life ashore, but with much more family time. A career ashore was his choice and a very good and successful one it turned out to be. In my own time deep sea, with Blue Funnel and Glen Line, Ben Line was very much our ‘red hot’ competition on our Far East runs, but we really had a great respect for this fine Scottish company. This well written book brought back to me, many memories of how life at sea was in the 1950s / 1960s. A great read and a reminder to many of us how lucky we were to serve in the great British shipping companies of that time. 220 pages, 39 photographs. Highly recommended.