Looking for A Ship

Looking for A Ship

Book - 1990
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Recounts a voyage of one of the last great American merchant ships, the "Stella Lykes," revealing a wealth of maritime lore as crew members tell stories of their careers on the ocean

McMillan Palgrave

This is an extraordinary tale of life on the high seas aboard one of the last American merchant ships, the S.S. Stella Lykes, on a forty-two-day journey from Charleston down the Pacific coast of South America. As the crew of the Stella Lykes makes their ocean voyage, they tell stories of other runs and other ships, tales of disaster, stupidity, greed, generosity, and courage.

Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 1990
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374190774
Branch Call Number: 910.4 McP
Characteristics: 241 p. ; 21 cm


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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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