Down to the Sea in Ships

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Chatto & Windus, 2014 - Container ships - 278 pages
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"For millennia, the seaways have carried our goods, cultures and ideas, the terrors of war and the bounties of peace and they have never been busier than they are today. But though our normality depends on shipping, it is a world which passes largely unconsidered, unseen and unrecorded. Out of sight, in every lonely corner of every sea, through every night, every day, and every imaginable weather, tiny crews of seafarers work the giant ships which keep landed life afloat. These ordinary men (and they are mostly men) live extraordinary lives, subject to pressures we know families, relationships, dreams and fears and to dangers and difficulties we can only imagine, from hurricanes and pirates to years of confinement in hazardous, if not hellish, environments. Horatio Clare joins two container ships, travelling in the company of their crews and captains. Together they experience unforgettable journeys: the first, from East to West (Felixstowe to Los Angeles, via Suez) is rich with Mediterranean history, torn with typhoon nights and gilded with an unearthly Pacific peace; the second northerly passage, from Antwerp to Montreal, reeks of diesel, wuthers with gales and goes to froz

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User Review  - summonedbyfells - LibraryThing

Horatio Clare is a gifted travel writer who specialises in never taking the easy option. This is an engrossing and sympathetic account of the trade of mercantile seamanship. Regular diversions to ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

"Horatio Clare is the bestselling author of two memoirs, Running for the Hills (Somerset Maugham Award) and Truant; the travel book A Single Swallow which follows the birds' migration from South Africa to the UK and a novella, The Prince's Pen, the retelling of a Mabinogion tale. An award-winning journalist, occasional teacher, former radio producer, sporadic broadcaster and Fellow in creative writing at the University of Liverpool, Horatio writes regularly on nature and travel for the Daily Telegraph, the Financial Times and various international publications. He and his family are currently based in Yorkshire."

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