Thursday, May 8, 2014


Farley Mowat died this week at age 92. We all read and enjoyed his tale of tribulations in The Boat That Wouldn't Float. We were going through our own phase of boating at the time and found his observations about lunatics who boat to be right on the money. His biography claims that he was controversial and that some people didn't care for his books. A lot of people are like that. I, on the other hand, never read any of his non-maritime books. I neither knew nor cared about controversial, I just didn't get around to it.

If you're interested in standout maritime stories about life aboard a salvage ship after the War, you can't do any better than these two books. I reread them for many years.

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