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Book Title: Steaming to Bamboola - The World of a Tramp Freighter|
The author of the book: Christopher Buckley
Date of issue: June 1st 1983
ISBN 13: 9780312927936
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 19.62 MB
Edition: St Martins Pr
Read full description of the books Steaming to Bamboola - The World of a Tramp Freighter:Steaming to Bamboola is Christopher Buckley's first book, an entertaining account of his time spent as a Merchant Seaman. He shipped out in 1970 at the age of 18 as a deck boy aboard a Norwegian tramp steamer and ended up circling the globe. His pay was $20 a week and he has since remarked, "I've never since worked harder physically or felt richer." The book has been out of print for a while, but richly deserves to be brought back. If you can find it used and are a fan of Christopher Buckley and/or sailing travelogues, be sure to snap it up while you can.
In today's world of container shipping the days of the tramp steamer are all but gone, but they live on in this raucous account of life on the high seas. We meet rebellious deckhands, nosy room stewards, and an ornery bosun from Alabama who openly says he shot a man but did jail time for something else he refuses to reveal. There is the ex-submariner from Kentucky money who can quote Shakespeare, suspect cooks who routinely miss lifeboat drills because of bouts of the DTs, and a captain and chief engineer who have been sailing together for over a decade yet utterly despise each other. If you have ever spent time on a ship you have probably run into colorful characters like these. We endure horrible storms with them and even worse on-board entertainment. We head ashore with them in foreign ports of call, hang out with them in seedy seamen's clubs and barely roll back up the gangplank in time for the next leg of the trip bruised, battered, and barely conscious. Some may call these men misfits while ashore, but at sea they have no equal.
In one especially interesting part of the book we hear amazing stories from the past in Sailor's Snug Harbor, a home for retired mariners in Sea Level, North Carolina. Several residents of Snug Harbor have over 50 years of sea time. It is here that we encounter fascinating accounts of the man who was blown into the smokestack when his ship was torpedoed off the coast of South America in 1942, the story of the captain of the first ship sunk in WWII, and more.
At just over 200 pages, Steaming to Bamboola is a quick read with fun insight into the world of the Merchant Marine and the long gone tramp steamer. Christopher Buckley, son of William F. Buckley Jr., is a good writer and does a terrific job with this, his first book. If you have spent time on ships, are interested in life at sea, or are simply a travel junkie like me, definitely pick this one up if you can find it.
Special note: Steaming to Bamboola is a good companion volume to John McPhee's Looking For A Ship (1990), another enjoyable firsthand account of the life of merchant seamen on tramp steamers.
Read information about the authorChristopher Buckley graduated cum laude from Yale University in 1976. He shipped out in the Merchant Marine and at age 24 became managing editor of Esquire magazine. At age 29, he became chief speechwriter to the Vice President of the United States, George H.W. Bush. Since 1989 he has been founder and editor-in-chief of Forbes Life magazine.
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He is the author of twelve books, most of them national bestsellers. They include: The White House Mess, Wet Work, Thank You For Smoking, God Is My Broker, Little Green Men, No Way To Treat a First Lady, Florence of Arabia, Boomsday and Supreme Courtship.
Mr. Buckley has contributed over 60 comic essays to The New Yorker magazine. His journalism, satire and criticism has been widely published—in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New Republic, Washington Monthly, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Esquire, and other publications. He is the recipient of the 2002 Washington Irving Medal for Literary Excellence. In 2004 he was awarded the Thurber Prize for American Humor.
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