Looking for A Ship

Looking for A Ship

Book - 1991
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On one of the last American merchant ships, second mate Andy Chase and author board the S.S. Stella Lykes, captained by Paul McHenry Washburn. The 42-day journey down the Pacific coast of South America stops for freight at Cartagena, Balboa, Lima, and Guayaquil, notorious for pirates. The crew exchange tales of disaster, stupidity, greed, generosity, and courage.
Publisher: New York : Noonday Press, 1991, c1990
ISBN: 9780374523190
Characteristics: 241 p. ; 21 cm
Call Number: 910.45 MCP


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Apr 11, 2018

McPhee is an excellent writer and has written an excellent book. It is a non-fiction historical narrative about life aboard a U.S. merchant ship in the waning days of both the merchant marine and the S.S. Stella Lykes, the cargo ship on which he travelled down the west coast of South America. Both his characters and scenic descriptions are exceptional. The narrative ends in a peculiar way, apparently in the middle of the return journey to the U.S. The ship had become “dead in the water.” He explains why, but what happened then?

Nov 29, 2017

I read this author´s non fiction book about the geology of the northeastern USA: ¨In Suspect Terrain.¨ Very good writing, if a little dated in the discussion of the new theory of plate tectonics.

ser_library Jan 22, 2014

McPhee's writing is direct, accessible, packed with facts and well organized; one learns much.


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