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Steady As She Goes [Kindle Edition]

John Molloy
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Steady As She Goes –

Sign on for an unforgettable voyage round the oceans of the world; from the frozen Arctic to the tropical coast of Java. A true-life story of coming of age in the 1950s Irish merchant navy, with adventure, romance and heartbreak.

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About the Author

I am a retired merchant Navy officer and Master Mariner. I spent my sea career with Irish Shipping Ltd. sailing on their foreign going cargo ships. I also served with Irish Lights servicing the lighthouses around the coast of Ireland. I retired after getting married to Anne and we have four children, but took up seagoing again in the year 2000 and sailed with Irish Lights and some container ships on the North sea route. Since that last and final trip to sea I have finally retired and took up writing and painting as hobby. I live in Waterford in Ireland and enjoy fishing and bathing in the Atlantic waters not far from my home. I look out across the vast ocean and dream a young mans dream.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2490 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0954997808
  • Publisher: John Molloy Publishing (May 12, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KB2A3UO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,618 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deckhand October 17, 2013
By john
There are many ingredients necessary to make an adventure. For example take one young and enthusiastic Irishman, a thirst to visit far away places, a love of the sea and a capacity to observe life and the adventure can begin. John Molloy in 496 well written pages takes the reader around the world on a journey to great ports, out of the way places, through freezing Atlantic waters to the sometimes placid waters of the Pacific Islands. As his journey through youth begins, so does his understanding of the culture of his ship board life and the traits, good or bad of his companions. He brings an insight into the often mysterious habits of the people in countries half a world away from his homeland of Ireland. Side by side with his skills as a seaman, he shows through his exciting writing that he has further skills which give his book an authority which surely will stand as a record of life at sea in a time of great change for seafarers, ashore and afloat. A gripping book, illustrated with b/w photographs. Don't miss it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Exciting Adventures September 25, 2014
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An unforgettable voyage filled with adventure, romance, heartbreak, and true. John Molloy was signed up for Ireland's Merchant Navy as a deck apprentice in 1957. His adventures titillate, excite and inspire readers, or dreamers, as he recounts four years of real life adventures, and his coming of age maturity as he grows from boy into manhood. "The ways of the sea are strange," as John quickly discovered, hauling lobster pots and taking turns with the oars.
A fellow sailor, John O'Sullivan heard the three screams of the fabled Banshee. He told his friends, then they learned that John's father had died at the exact time of his disturbed dream. Disturbing. Unnerving. This book is filled with sights, sounds, and smells of the salty landscape and ocean. Majestic harbors, suns like fiery orbs hanging over frozen soil, brightly lit streets, stores and cafes of Irish provincial towns fill these pages with haunting memories.
A shipmate died from the dreaded black jack disease transmitted by rats in the hold. Shrieking winds howled, tarpaulins ballooned and timber wedges groaned as their ship encountered a huge, sucking, monster storm. Afterwards, the sea was calm and the serene voyage continued pushing them toward Galveston. This is exciting adventure, told by the voice of experience, even down to searches of hands, and Willies, by doctors who sought signs of scabies, or worse.
There are 36 chapters of well rounded adventure to savor slowly and enjoy. World adventures from Ireland to America to Malta, to Japan, to Australia and beyond. The grizzly gory sight of a lethal weapon exploding deeply in a whale's bowels unnerved even hardened salts. Rounding the tip of Australia, the bay of tears was the jumping off place for men shipped off to war.
Excellent! Nothing surpasses first hand knowledge, except possibly, the ability to share those memories, thoughts and images with others. Thank you, John Molloy for a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars true love, with happy and sad happenings October 1, 2014
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The three-year story of a young Irish seaman, training to become an officer for cargo shipping company. Very well written about life aboard ship as well as sailors pastime in various ports around the world. Tells about people, places, weather events, history, true love, with happy and sad happenings. Very descriptive, but not trashy. This old Oklahoman learned where port side, starboard, bow, and stern, is. Took me a long time to read this book and sometimes I thought it a little repetitive, but I read every word.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true love story December 9, 2014
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John Molloy has managed to write a fascinating book, full of descriptive detail about life in the Irish merchant marine and the world of the late 1950’s. Extremely well written and edited, I found his level of detail totally engrossing. Starting out as a young 18 year apprentice we see him grow through storms, exotic ports and romance.

In love: with the sea, his comrades and the love of his life; this is a true love story in every sense of the word
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tale of love and adventure May 18, 2015
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This was a wonderful story of first love, and included descriptive narratives about people, places, and events. The ending was abrupt, shocking, and very sad, as well as the loss of the ships wonderful mascot. I wonder if the author ever found out the details, or was able to reclaim the letter, and have it translated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read December 15, 2014
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This was a good read. It provided a unique insight to a lifestyle I knew little or nothing about (life of a merchant mariner). There is also a touching love story involved with true heartfelt emotions that come through well with the author's writing.

There are definitely some editing shortcomings but I did not feel this detracted (much) from the story. I only wish the book included photos. A memoir like this is made much better with some photos of the locations, people, etc. It would have been great to see the actual boats the author was on. I found myself wanting to better visualize what the ships were like. This is particularly frustrating because the author writes about taking photos so he could have used some from his own collection. It would have had 5 stars if it included photos. Update: I got a hardcopy of the book which does include photos. Apparently the publisher did not include photos only for the digital edition. Raised review to 5 stars.

In the end, the story was a good read and I recommend it. The author has a great way of bringing out the small events and making them important -- the events that ultimately comprise any life. The final lines of the book illustrate the importance of appreciating the moments that comprise each of our lives.
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