The Captain's Log

Front Cover, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 250 pages
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Cruise ships can be compared to small floating cities, and unlike their counterparts ashore, they actually move around. This makes them unique, as one day a ship can be found in Manhattan, and a few weeks later she could be in the South China Sea. This book is about 'normal' everyday people who sail on these ships, who just like their counterparts ashore do have their faults, their hopes and at times achieve their share of greatness.The captain sits at the top of the ships pyramid and if he listens well, hears most of what happens on board his ship. Shifting through the enormous pile of material, I decided to use almost exclusively stories which were funny to (almost) all involved.Every chapter you will read, truly happened. The characters, truly existed, although I did change names and ships around a bit. This book is a picture of my life and undoubtedly that of many others who have spend a considerable time at sea.

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Captain Mateboer was the Captain on the cruise ship we sailed last summer. He and hubbie managed to trade a few sea stories, and he signed our copy of his adventures. The book is written as a series ... Read full review

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We had such a wonderful time --cruising in Europe and reading this book. It became a family effort. You didnt dare lay down this book, one of the children would get it before you were finished. We told the stories at dinner time, laughed just thinking about some of the events in the log, and loved the romance with his bride as well. Told everyone else as well, what a great book to read on a cruise. We were able to better appreciate and understand the inner workings of a ship; docking and guideboats into new harbors. Made the best part of our trip more fantastic to the children. (As a Registered Nurse, I have always wanted to secretly join the staff medical team since then.) We got to meet one of the other officers; the Chaplain who lived not to far from us and came on a part-time basis. Sounded wonderful. I especially love the rich widow stories--we have never thought of cruising the same, after that. The book made it for us! 


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