Forty Years at Sea

A Voyage with my father

Author(s): FORSTER, William A
ISBN13/Barcode: 9780955938214

his book is both a personal journey of discovery and the story of ships and shipping in Britain during the last century, revealed through the life of a typical marine engineer.

The author changed his mind about going to sea when his father told him that “I shall throw you out of the house if you do” but on leaving school he worked his passage to the West Indies on his father’s ship and in his early twenties while travelling the world worked as a deck boy and a junior officer on merchant ships in the East Indies and Pacific and was shipwrecked crewing a schooner in the China Sea.

In retirement he set out to discover who his father really was by “following the paper trail which even the most ordinary person who has been in the services or the Merchant Navy leaves behind.” His search uncovered a life which began with an apprenticeship as a fitter at a shipyard on the Tyne interrupted by service in the RAF as an 18 year old Observer Gunner on anti-submarine patrol in Orkney. In 1921 he went to sea as a marine engineer on oil tankers, an Antarctic whaler, tramp steamers, cargo liners and a Royal Fleet Auxilliary tanker.

Wartime service in the Royal Navy on a destroyer was followed by a regular run across the Atlantic to the Caribbean sugar estates of Tate and Lyle until retirement to the seaside resort of Exmouth in Devon after forty years at sea.


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ISBN13/Barcode 9780955938214
ISBN10 095593821X
Author FORSTER, William A
Binding Paperback
Date Published 30 Nov 2021
Frequency No
Report Date 2021/11/30
Pages 0
Publisher Holywell House Publishing

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