The Captain began his address by confirming what everyone knew: that it was '
another beautiful day at sea'. The trick was not simply to repeat exactly the same
thing but to re-establish the same idea —another great day at sea —through
Author: Geoff Dyer
Publisher: Canongate Books
'We were on one of the technologically most advanced places on earth but the guys in grease-smeared brown sweat shirts and floatcoats, draped with heavy brown chains, looked like they were ready to face the burning oil poured on them from the walls of an impregnable castle. The combination of medieval (chains) and sci-fi (cranials and dark visors) didn't quite cover it though; there was also an element of the biker gang about them. All things considered, theirs was one of the toughest, roughest looks going. No wonder they stood there, lounging with the grace of heavy gun-slingers about to sway into the saloon.' In November 2011, Geoff Dyer fulfilled a childhood dream: spending time on an aircraft carrier. Geoff 's stay on the USS George Bush - on active service in the Arabian Gulf - proved even more intense, memorable - and frequently hilarious - than he could ever have hoped. The warship become a microcosm for a stocktaking of modern Western life: Religion, drugs, chauvinism, farting, gyms, steaks, prayer, parental death, relationships and how to have a beach party with 5000 people on a giant floating hunk of steel. Piercingly perceptive and gloriously funny, this is a unique book about work, war and entering other worlds.
... one of the great post-war American writers, both as a novelist and as one of the
key inventors of the New Journalism. ... is the author of many books including But
Beautiful, The Ongoing Moment and, most recently, Another Great Day at Sea, ...
Author: Norman Mailer
Publisher: Penguin UK
Mailer's superb account, written as it was happening, of the first attempt to land men on the moon 'Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.' A Fire on the Moon tells the scarcely credible story of the Apollo 11 mission. It is suffused with Mailer's obsession both with the astronauts themselves and with his own anxieties and terrors about the extremity of what they were trying to achieve. Mailer is both admiring and appalled and the result is a book which is both a gripping narrative and a brilliant depiction of the now-forgotten technical issues and uncertainties around the mission. A Fire on the Moon is also a matchless portrait of an America caught in a morass of introspection and misery, torn apart by the war in Vietnam. But for one, extraordinary week in the summer of 1969 all eyes were on the fates of three men in a rocket, travelling a quarter of a million miles away from Earth. With an introduction by Geoff Dyer.
'Lovely souvenir of a lovely day,' she explained and kissed the photo before
turning to hug Jon. ... It was another great day as both Vivian and Jon were swept
away by the dolphins with Jon clinging on for dear life at one point ... The next
day was another full day at sea, so they both enjoyed another relaxing day by the
Author: David Higgins
John Cornwall started life as your original thin, asthmatic eight stone weakling who meets his first love only to see her snatched away from him by a brutal murderer. This sparks a unique skill in him that will change his life forever. As he slowly develops this new found skill he is able to use it to track down and seek revenge for the murder of his girlfriend. However, the use of this skill does not go unnoticed and soon a Chief Forensic Officer begins investigating only to discover that there is more to John than meets the eye. All the time John is also being secretly observed and evaluated. John joins the Ministry of Defence and becomes embroiled in a major conspiracy which threatens his very life and belief in what is right and wrong, while his own private life suffers even more tragedy when the beautiful Vivian enters his life. John will need all his new found skill and more to help him just survive, but at what cost? This book marks the first of a series of John Cornwall adventures.
"I shall not be needing the lap robe, Plunkett, on such a pleasant day at sea." He
was ... "Very good, Lord Peter," said my human– Plunkett. I nearly ... Beyond Lord
Peter's - I chanced another look. fine profile I saw all the – The Law of the Sea —
Author: Richard Peck
The adorable tale of a family of mice stowaways on an adventurous ship's journey In the beloved tradition of The Borrowers, The Tale of Despereaux, and The Cricket in Times Square, here is an irresistible adventure story about the tiny creatures who secretly live among us humans, as only Newbery Medal winner Richard Peck could imagine it. Set on a grand cruise ship to England in 1887, this beautifully illustrated tale of a charming family of mice is full of laughs, near misses, and surprises. Multiple-award-winning author Richard Peck at his best and most playful!
Numbers of immense icebergs were passed on that day , one large one looked
exactly like the pictures we see of the Coliseum at Rome ; another like the great
fort at Sheerness , and while we were gazing at it , one of the natives of that port ...
Author: Philip F. Rehbock
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
When HMS Challenger sailed from Portsmouth in 1872, a young assistant ship's steward, Joseph Matkin, was among the crew. Throughout the three-and-a-half-year voyage, Matkin maintained a journal from which he composed the many letters he sent home to his family in England. In his letters he commented on oceanographic operations, reported on shipboard events of special concern to the crew, and discussed at length the history, geography, and peoples of the many exotic and remote ports at which the ship called on its famous circumnavigation of the globe. The Challenger expedition established the foundations of oceanography and is second only to Darwin's voyage aboard the Beagle for its contributions to nineteenth-century science. The massive quantity of specimens and information acquired was written up in the fity-volume series of Challenger Reports, and personal accounts were published by officers and scientists. No ocean voyage had ever been so well documented. Yet no account of the seaman's life "below decks" was known to exist until the early 1980s, when two substantial collections of Matkin's letters surfaced. The letters are unique in their perspective and fascinating for their depth and literacy. Matkin, the son of a printer, was well aware of the significance of the voyage and strove to present a learned account in a proper style. His letters convey a wealth of detail about shipboard logistics, the crew's attitudes toward scientific operations, and officer-scientist-crew relations. Unwittingly, Matkin also illuminates himself and the middle-class society of which he was a part. Matkin's letters, published here for the first time, bring freshness and immediacy to this great Victorian scientific enterprise. Philip F. Rehbock has edited and annotated the letters, providing a particularly readable work of travel literature for anyone interested in oceanography, voyaging, maritime social history, and naval affairs.
The first Day at Sea, she was Sea-sick, which I believe was of great service to her
. ... In another Letter dated Kingston, St. Vincent's, he observes: We left
Barbadoes at the time I mentioned in my last, 8: arrived here on Saturday
Author: John A. Vickers
Publisher: Abingdon Press
For forty years on either side of the death of John Wesley in 1791, Thomas Coke was a key figure in the development of Methodism on both sides of the Atlantic. His surviving correspondence is the most personal evidence he has left us of a man who “wore his heart on his sleeve.” Coke's letters also give us contemporary insight into some of the events which began the transformation of an evangelical movement into a worldwide communion of Churches. This critical edition gives a comparison to earlier editions, as well as references to names and locations for historical study.
'39' Kill Devil Hill, North Carolina Thursday, 17December1903 The nor'easter
ended as quickly as it had arrived, ... Low pools of vapor hovered over the
marshy lowlands around the bay as the small fleet headed for the mouth of the
inlet at Albemarle Sound for another day at sea. ... Today, the boats would have
to waste time finding the schools again, before they could bring in another good
catch. As ...
Author: Richard Dickeson
Set against the colorful backdrop of events that gave rise to a fledgling century of technology, this vibrant novel of romance and adventure introduces a stunning new figure to begin the journey of future generations: Blackie Devlin... Street-wise alumni of turn-of-the-century Hell's Kitchen, Blackie Devlin rose from the tenements to acquire fame and fortune as the owner of one of the hottest dance halls in the infamous Tenderloin. But something was missing...the Excitement and Adventure once found on the streets. He pursues a new dream as an aviator and nears the zenith--but his past threatens to catch up with him and destroy everything...his fame, his fortune, and his life--including the women who love him...
Thomas's education in sailing on the Shannon began that first day at sea.
Willingham was a senior seaman with some twenty years sea expe- rience. He
taught Thomas ... Even when the ship was at sail in good trim, there was much to
be learned. Willingham walked ... The other senior hand on board was a large
man named Johnson, who was in charge of the second watch on the ship.
Johnson was a ...
Author: Calvin J. Boal
The author has created a character from the early 1700s—Thomas Doty, who lives on a family farm outside of Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania. He meets a weathered sea captain who is down on his luck and short of hands aboard his sloop, the Shannon. Intrigued by adventure, Thomas goes to sea, but ends up shipwrecked and seized by a band of surly cutthroat pirates. Now, amid the designs of some sordid brigands well-acquainted with wanton cruelty, Thomas wonders if his courage and cunning can release him from his captors’ wily schemes. His escape from them only hurls him into challenges fraught with unforeseen circumstances as he journeys homeward and beyond, discovering the distant frontier of western Pennsylvania and the Ohio country teeming with Mingo, Delaware, Shawnee, and Seneca Indians intent on preserving their culture from the ever-encroaching whites. As Thomas negotiates with death on the one hand and life on the other, survival forces him onward. He encounters English and French traders and finds friends, love, and a mortal enemy as he endures life within the turmoil of the French and Indian War, Pontiac’s Rebellion, and the siege of Fort Pitt.
At least one Naval aviator recalled, after checking into sickbay with a persistent
cough, “Cat fever was the immediate diagnosis. That was a ... 2 March 1946 (
entry date entered but deemed to be in error) Spending another day in the sic/
ebay. Author's note: ... Wednesday 6 March 1946 just another day in sic/ebay and
Author: D. Charles Gossman
A surprise attack on American soil and a holy war waged under the guise of an ancient religion-A nation of zealots indoctrinated to hate Western Civilization and a culture ignoring reason in favor of mindless violence-A cabal of militarists conditioned to elect suicide as a battle strategy and celebrate death for divine reward! Headlines from today's war on terrorism? No-these were the themes of America's war with twentieth-century Japan. Joining the Navy to face these fearsome enemies, seventeen-year-old Charlie misses the action in World War II by mere days. Then, directed to occupy the former foe's homeland instead, he remains behind when the war's heroes have all returned to a welcoming nation. Working and enduring through the months, Charlie records his daily thoughts while growing to respect the Japanese people-and does his best to find adventure along the way!
Very late, that first day at sea, the weather and the waters calmed down a great
deal, and the tiny crew could relax a little. The night also stayed calm. On that
second day at sea, it was clearer skies and tranquil waters, and the elf relaxed on
Author: AARON JONES
Publisher: Author House
From the Wolds of the West, across the Seas of Lorth, came the long elf, Gyral. In wild and unfrequented realms he sought for truth and enlightenment of the mysteries of his world, a treacherous world infested with strange and evil life-forms, ferocious predators, riddled with countless perils. But for Gyral, curiosity was far more powerful than the fears that confronted him. Curiosity was his addiction; knowledge was his quest. He had heard of the great immortal city, the citadel of mystery and foreboding. It was the fabulous infamous city all outsiders feared to enter. Yet the bold wayfarer became obsessed by its existence; thus he sought to find it. On his far journeys, he would confront all evil obstacles, encounter the wizards of science, the wondrous characters, wild and weird communities. He visited the inns and taverns, braved the deep forests, and he relished the damsels. But he knew he must one day find and behold the phenomenon, thence brazenly enter into the citadel of Bilbabalbabul.
day. at. sea. The sun filtering through a gap in the curtains woke us both up.
Sheila glanced at the timetelling machine besideher bed and got up, slipping
intoatrendy ... Looking at the big blue C! After Sheila had been First day at sea ...
Author: Sheila Collins
Publisher: Andrews UK Limited
Truffles, the celebrity tabby cat of mature years (it would be far too impolite to state her exact age here), puts pen to paper once again to share her unique and delightfully amusing observations of the human world around her, this time embarking on a totally new adventure on the ocean waves, finding her sea paws as she sets sail on a luxury (as befits a superior and sophisticated feline) ship with cruise aficionado Sheila, her long-term carer and provider of every possible need. New sights, sounds, smells, tastes and experiences face Truffles at every turn, from the tiresome car journey and undignified customs procedures to the mystifying and sometimes frightening onboard facilities and activities. Allowed to leave her stateroom to peruse all the non-eating areas - on a lead with matching collar, of course, and wearing a purrfectly preened catsuit - Truffles revels in being the centre of attention, maintaining an outward air of decorum at all times, even when her nine lives are tested to the core. A fantastic insight into the mind of a cat and the puzzles and mysteries created by events and practices that we all take for granted without question, and also a tantalising taster for those humans that haven’t yet been tempted by the cruising lifestyle. One thing’s for sure: Truffles can highly recommend it (oh, and Sheila, too)!
45 Again second only to Great Britain as a maritime power, the U.S. presence
decidedly advanced the chances for ... the three-watch, eight-hour day-at-sea
and sixday week-in-port system was thus enshrined as an international norm and
Author: Leon Fink
Publisher: UNC Press Books
As the main artery of international commerce, merchant shipping was the world's first globalized industry, often serving as a vanguard for issues touching on labor recruiting, the employment relationship, and regulatory enforcement that crossed national borders. In Sweatshops at Sea, historian Leon Fink examines the evolution of laws and labor relations governing ordinary seamen over the past two centuries. The merchant marine offers an ideal setting for examining the changing regulatory regimes applied to workers by the United States, Great Britain, and, ultimately, an organized world community. Fink explores both how political and economic ends are reflected in maritime labor regulations and how agents of reform--including governments, trade unions, and global standard-setting authorities--grappled with the problems of applying land-based, national principles and regulations of labor discipline and management to the sea-going labor force. With the rise of powerful nation-states in a global marketplace in the nineteenth century, recruitment and regulation of a mercantile labor force emerged as a high priority and as a vexing problem for Western powers. The history of exploitation, reform, and the evolving international governance of sea labor offers a compelling precedent in an age of more universal globalization of production and services.
Each has assured me , in one form of words or another , of his conviction , that
the solution of these difficulties is to be ... reached in good health September 20th
, to hear on landing that Conant had been taken ill on the second day at sea , and
Author: Johns Hopkins University
Includes University catalogues, President's report, Financial report, etc.
It may be a fleet of great power, able to defeat any enemy within range of its
weapons and thus temporarily control an area ... Nelson encouraged
independent thought among his subordinates, and that day, at least, it paid off for
him—and for ...
Author: Craig L. Symonds
Publisher: Oxford University Press
From thunderous broadsides traded between wooden sailing ships on Lake Erie, to the carrier battles of World War II, to the devastating high-tech action in the Persian Gulf, here is a gripping history of five key battles that defined the evolution of naval warfare--and the course of the American nation. Acclaimed military historian Craig Symonds offers spellbinding narratives of crucial engagements, showing how each battle reveals the transformation of technology and weaponry from one war to the next; how these in turn transformed naval combat; and how each event marked a milestone in American history. - Oliver Hazard Perry's heroic victory at Lake Erie, one of the last great battles of the Age of Sail, which secured the Northwestern frontier for the United States - The brutal Civil War duel between the ironclads Monitor and Virginia, which sounded the death knell for wooden-hulled warships and doomed the Confederacy's hope of besting the Union navy - Commodore Dewey's stunning triumph at Manila Bay in 1898, where the U.S. displayed its "new navy" of steel-hulled ships firing explosive shells and wrested an empire from a fading European power - The hairsbreadth American victory at Midway, where aircraft carriers launched planes against enemies 200 miles away--and where the tide of World War II turned in the space of a few furious minutes - Operation Praying Mantis in the Persian Gulf, where computers, ship-fired missiles, and "smart bombs" not only changed the nature of warfare at sea, but also marked a new era, and a new responsibility, for the United States. Symonds records these encounters in detail so vivid that readers can hear the wind in the rigging and feel the pounding of the guns. Yet he places every battle in a wide perspective, revealing their significance to America's development as it grew from a new Republic on the edge of a threatening frontier to a global superpower. Decision at Sea is a powerful and illuminating look at pivotal moments in the history of the Navy and of the United States. It is also a compelling study of the unchanging demands of leadership at sea, where commanders must make rapid decisions in the heat of battle with lives--and the fate of nations--hanging in the balance.
Just as we assume the responsibility for maintaining the boat while at sea, we
must apply the same effort to looking after ourselves. ... Falling down the
companionway or being flung across the saloon is never good, and can inflict
serious injuries. ... with Shorthanded Crews pensate when the other needs a
break, and help each olher without question, the difficult times pass as just
another day at sea.
Author: Ed Mapes
Publisher: Sheridan House, Inc.
This practical guide to offshore sailing will appeal to all those sailors who have honed their skills as day sailors, racers and coastal sailors and who are now planning to go further and become bluewater sailors. Who doesn't dream of sailing to the Caribbean or the San Juan Islands, making landfall in Bermuda or Tahiti, crossing the Atlantic and exploring the Med, or even circumnavigating the globe? Ed Mapes, a USCG certified Master Mariner, sailing instructor and delivery skipper, has distilled his years of sailing and sail training experience in this book. From his many seminars at boat shows and training cruises he knows not only what the basics are but also what questions are most frequently asked. Here, he takes us from practical and psychological preparation to equipping your boat, navigation skills, heavy weather and eventually landfall. In addition, he covers dozens of other topics such as the safety and education of children aboard, how to deal with medical problems and what to expect when the Coast Guard boards your vessel.By taking you further offshore with skill and confidence this book will get you closer to the bluewater cruise of a lifetime.