To Boldly Go: Where So Many Have Gone Before

Pneuma Springs Publishing
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After a working life at sea of some thirty-five years one might think it would be time to swallow the anchor, as the saying goes, and retire to a peaceful existence on shore. However, for the author - Ron Palmer such an existence by nature was not to be. To misquote a saying; you can take a sailor away from the sea, but you can't take the sea from a sailor, and the pull to return to the water is forever strong. 'I want to go down to the sea again to the lonely sea and the sky,' as John Masefield wrote in his poem Sea Fever. This book relates the further experiences of a nautical nature for the author after retiring as a captain of VLCCs (Very Large Crude Carriers.) I'm loath to say that these adventures are to be the finality of the emotional pull to seafaring, but who knows, something might crop up to take me away again. After all if one doesn't have a dream then there isn't much left in life to live for, and I certainly dream the dream. A must read for those who lean towards a sedentary life style, the armchair adventurer and for those who have a dream. An urge to get up and go will take hold of the adventurous. A most enjoyable read for all ages. Book reviews online: PublishedBestsellers website.
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About the author

The author spent his working life at sea. After attending Nautical College for two years he was apprenticed to a shipping company in 1950 for a period of four years, then during the following ten years comprised of sea-time and exams for each stage of navigation officer to achieve the rank of captain of tankers. The author retired in 1985 to Pender Island BC. During the early years of retirement were spent in the construction industry until the call of the sea reasserted itself. During the next three years he built the boat which he used on his attempted world circumnavigation. This resulted in my first attempt at writing ‘Building a Foam Cored Boat’.
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Publisher
Pneuma Springs Publishing
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Published on
May 30, 2011
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Pages
296
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ISBN
9781907728150
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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