The story of a Hollander, escaped from the Nazis, who becomes captain of a Dutch tug assigned to convoy duty on the perilous Murmansk run. Dangers of the sea are complicated for the captain by an emotional involvement with the widow of his liaison officer and also by a challenge that confronts him as he is revolted by the needless slaughter of war.
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Review: The CaptainUser Review - Bob G. Bernstein - Goodreads
Jan de Hartog walked the walk and talked the talk. His fictionalized story of a young captain taking over as master of a salvage/escort tug on the Murmansk run during WWII is the perfect blend of drama, angst, horror, tragedy and seafaring lore. I highly recommend this book and its sequels. Read full review
Review: The CaptainUser Review - Liam - Goodreads
Really, really good. Well worth the read if only for the descriptions-- which were not overheavy, but very real and nice-- and if not that, then for the emotions. What a story. I loved it. The only caution I would give is for language and content. There is a lot of gore, as well. Read full review