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Steady As She Goes [Kindle Edition]

John Molloy
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Book Description

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2498 KB
  • Print Length: 500 pages
  • 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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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,871 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 Great Reading!! October 19, 2014
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Even though this was a very long book, it was enjoyable reading. The travels of John from one port to another aboard a cargo ship were very interesting since something always different was happening. The Japanese girl that he fell in love with also held interest as she followed him from port to port. It has a very surprise ending!!!
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