Fair Seafarer: A Honeymoon Adventure with the Merchant Marine
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Fair Seafarer

A Honeymoon Adventure with the Merchant Marine

By Nancy Allen

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Format: Paperback, 236 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 26 September 2001
In this lively memoir, the author recounts how she married the Chief Mate of an 845-foot containership and went to sea with him. "To call this simply a maritime adventure, captivating as it is, would do injustice to Allen's superb account of the Merchant Marine, its changing history, its men and, increasingly, its women . . . Continually engrossing, informative, and fun."--"Publishers Weekly." 19 photos. Map.

About the Author

Nancy Allen, who lives in Ft. Pierce, Florida, married the chief Mate of an 845 foot containship and went to sea with him. She has been a Contributing Editor of Motor Boating and Sailing magazine and a Field Editor of Motor Boat Magazine.


The romance of the sea had long lured Allen, a seasoned sailor and editor at Motor Boating & Sailing. So when she saw a magazine ad for a nonsmoking lady to help outfit a cutter and cruise the Bahamas, it seemed like a good way for "a dating-virgin three decades off the market" to get on with life. Shortly after meeting the skipper, who was a merchant seaman six months each year, "I'd not only changed my residence, bank, and dentist‘but my name." Spunky, with a humorous quip for nearly every situation, the 53-year-old Allen spends the next six years as the Chief Mate's spouse aboard the M/V Endurance, spending about three months each year visiting exotic foreign ports. But, to call this simply a maritime adventure, captivating as it is, would do injustice to Allen's superb account of the Merchant Marine, its changing history, its men and, increasingly, its women. Her new husband warns her "this would be no row in the pond," that a modern container ship such as the Endurance "has one goal: to get boxes from here to there." The steady flow of ships leaving goods at one port, picking up containers for another, runs a strict schedule, with a small crew working overtime to make up for ever-dwindling manpower. Her account ennobles the efficiency of the modern merchant ships and reveals a very human side of their crew. But whether she is comparing the old clipper ships to today's current behemoths, describing the teeming human traffic during her brief shoretime in Asia or helping her Chief Mate with paperwork, Allen is continually engrossing, informative and fun. (Oct.)

Allen, an experienced small-boat sailor and past contributing editor of Master Boating and Sailing, answered a personals ad to help outfit and sail a sailboat. She married the placer of the ad, the chief mate on a 845' container ship. This work is the journal of her month-long honeymoon aboard his ship on a round-trip voyage from California to east Asia. Journal entries are in italics, while flashbacks and explanations are in Roman type, which makes for difficult reading. In contrast to most journals, emotions are not analyzed here. The writing style is informative and extremely factual: Allen includes a lot of details about the day-to-day routine of the modern merchant marines, discussing different weather conditions, food, and the experiences of women. Of interest mainly to readers fascinated by the sea.‘Alison Hopkins, Queens Borough P.L., N.Y.

EAN: 9781882593507
ISBN: 1882593502
Publisher: Bridge Works Publishing Company
Dimensions: 20.3 x 14.5 x 1.8 centimeters (0.32 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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