Scuttlebutt: Tales and Experiences of a Life at Sea

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iUniverse, Apr 18, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 428 pages
For years, Robert B. Kieding has shared his nautical knowledge with the residents of Santa Barbara, California, in his weekly column in the Santa Barbara News-Press. Now, with Scuttlebutt: Tales and Experiences of a Life at Sea, he brings his wit and wisdom to people across the country and around the globe. At sea, the scuttlebutt was a cask with an opening called a scuttle, around which crewmembers would gather and chat when weather or the captains law allowed. It functioned in much the same manner as our modern-day office watercolora place to share and exchange workplace chatter and stories of dubious provenance. Eventually, the term scuttlebutt came to mean shipboard rumors or gossip. In this tradition, Scuttlebutt covers a wide range of marine-related topicseverything from boating history to sage seafaring advice to humorous personal anecdotes. Kiedings warm and engaging writing style and his obvious love of all things nautical will make this collection appeal to boaters and land lovers alike.

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Robert B. Kieding is a lifelong sailor and the author of a weekly column for the Santa Barbara News-Press. He served as the chairman of the junior rowing program for the 1984 Olympics and was the primary founder of Santa Barbara’s popular Maritime Museum. He and his son, Ken, operate Chandlery Yacht Sales, which specializes in sales of new and used boats and yachts.

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