Lee reflects on the dying but once mighty British Empire, which was built in large measure on the British shipping industry and mastery of the British Navy from the Battle of Trafalgar to the end of the Second World War. Aboard her was a young lad from the Kent marshes. Within United Kingdom About this Item: Headline. I got the book when it first came out and enjoyed it very much. What it was like in the 50's Just finished reading this excellent account of tramping in the fifties, it explained a lot about the relevance of the demise of Empire and the changing of shipping to the new order i. But from acceptance to publication was another year.
This is indeed how it was in the British Merchant Navy in the late 50's ; the author has done a superb job in this partly fictionalised biography of apprenticeship at sea on a tramp vessel. I wish the choice of an apprentice on a tramp steamer was available to me at 17! Another bright spot of this book is the cast of characters on the tramp with Christopher Lee: the cocky and cantankerous Ainslie, an apprentice like Lee, who shares his bunk room and berates Lee at any chance; the Mate, first mate, worldly, read, stern, yet kind; the Chief Engineer, a strange breed, always alone tapping away on the Morse machine; the first Captain, mysterious and not often seen; the second Captain, along with his wife, who takes frequent trips to villas and hotels when the ship is at anchor. Firm binding with no hinge weakness and their is no leaning or rolling to spine. It used to be ours; now its theirs. Faithfully, in old school notebooks, the lad recorded what he saw, felt and did; moments of magic and moments of fear. A good book for those with a light interest in merchant shipping in the fifties, or in nautical history in general.
Leaving his career in journalism for academia, Lee was the first Quatercentenary Fellow in Contemporary History and Gomes Lecturer in ,. The author should have been out of place in this world with his bright observations, but he wasn't and we benefit from that. Many local references are made with British coloquial phrases - If you understand Monty Python, well, you will be able to follow it. I will post the result of Constable's deliberations. During his apprenticeship visits many countries that most people will never see. Even if you never hankered to run away to sea you should enjoy this well told tale of ocean wandering and, of course, of a young lad maturing. He simply wanted to go to sea.
? The commentary refers to the person writing the diary as 'the lad'. Most of the book is written in diary style epistolary form, and that is where it shines. Most of the others are Chinese who do the dirty work below, the cooking, the scrubbing. Within United Kingdom About this Item: Headline Book Publishing, 2001. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. Within United Kingdom About this Item: Headline Book Publishing, London, 2001.
I even flipped through a copy of some book by a fellow named Jonathan Franzen. I know when I look back at myself 35 years ago I'm not the same person, but actually I am. Established in 2004, we have over 500,000 books in stock. His study of the British monarchy and its future was published in spring 2014 and his book on Royal Ceremony and Regalia is to be published early 2015. Like a boxer, or a cop, or a fireman.
He is currently researching the history of ideas at Birkbeck College in the University of London. The commentary refers to the person writing the diary as 'the lad'. He remained innocent; when the rest of the crew were buying girls in Madras with bars of pink Sunlight soap, Lee visited the Flying Angels, Anglican chaplains stationed in every port 'to stop us bagging off', or having sex. Christopher Lee was recruited into the Royal Navy's Joint Intelligence Reserve Branch and in the 1970s completed a study of the Order of Battle of the Soviet Northern Fleet and its command structure. This is a virtual tour of a crumbling British Empire, and also a reflection on America's growth. The romance of the Tramp Steamer. This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering.
Great reading by Christopher Lee. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. He went on to research the history of ideas at in the. Shortly before he died, he asked me to do the sequel. A too short snippet about a boy becoming a man- in spite of himself! This is indeed how it was in the British Merchant Navy in the late 50's ; the author has done a superb job in this partly fictionalised biography of apprenticeship at sea on a tramp vessel.
The Lad, the author growing up, on his first job chose to work on a tramp steamer as the era of the tramp steamer was ending. Lee is the originator and writer of the trilogy This Sceptred Isle, which recounts the from the to the death of , the 20th century and the. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. A good book to start with if you want to delve into the history of steamships and the merchant marine up to the mid twentieth century. In the late 1950s, an old tramp ship set sail from Amsterdam for the Far East.
Lee watches with the mind of a boy who learned in school that The Empire was the great civilizing force in the world. It is built around his scribbled notes in school text-books, his memories and crafted with creative humour. Firm binding with no hinge weakness and their is no leaning or rolling to spine. As a Kentish lad Lee worked the Thames barges around the estuaries and coastal towns in which we both grew up … Whitstable, Sheerness and up to the London docks. After getting through a chapter while the check-out girl gazed on me with all mounting annoyance, I had neither found any tales of the travails of prison life, or penal fortitude.