Running Away to Sea: Round the World on a Tramp Freighter (Google eBook)

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Dundurn, Dec 15, 2008 - Travel - 240 pages
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At a turning point in his life, George Fetherling embarked on an adventure to sail round the world on one of the last of the tramp freighters. The four-month voyage carried him 30,000 nautical miles from Europe via the Panama Canal to the South Pacific and back by way of Singapore, Indonesia, the Indian Ocean, and Suez.

Written with dash, colour, and droll humour, Fetherling's narrative is peopled by a rich cast of characters, from the Foreign Legionnaires of French Polynesia to the raskol gangs of Papua New Guinea. The author captures the reality of life aboard a working cargo ship – the boredom, the seclusion, the differences of nationality and culture that isolation and cramped quarters seem to exaggerate. But the routine of loneliness or tranquility is punctuated by moments of near-panic – shipboard fires, furniture-smashing storms, even a brush with pirates in the Straits of Malacca.

  

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Contents

Taking Ship
7
Panama
29
Somewhere in the Pacific
59
Polynesia
75
Shipmates
97
Suva to Santo
115
Rats and Butterflies
147
Volcanoes and Raskols
169
Bandar Singapore and a Brush with Pirates
189
The Long Way Back Home
215
South Pacific Sunset
231
Authors Note
237
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About the author (2008)

George Fetherling is a poet, writer, editor, and teacher who has published more than 50 books, including the novel Jericho, the travel memoir Three Pagodas Pass, and the celebrated memoir Travels by Night. He lives in Vancouver.

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