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.