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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Random House
Publication date September 1, 1990
Binding Cassette/Spoken Word
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780394589183
ISBN-10 0394589181
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $15.95
Other format details audio
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Summaries and Reviews
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This is an extraordinary tale of life aboard what may be one of the last American merchant ships. As the story begins, Andy Chase, who holds a license as a second mate is looking for a ship. In less than ten years, the United States Merchant Marine has shrunk from more than two thousand ships to fewer than four hundred, and Chase faces the scarcity of jobs from which all American merchant mariners have been suffering.

With John McPhee along, Chase finds a job as a second mate aboard the S.S. Stella Lykes, captained by the extraordinary Paul McHenry Washburn. The journey takes them on a forty-two day run down the Pacific coast of South America, with stops to unload and pick up freight at such ports as Cartagena, Valparaiso, Balboa, Lima, and Guayaquil―an area notorious for pirates. As the crew make their ocean voyage, they tell sea stories of other runs and other ships, tales of disaster, stupidity, greed, generosity, and courage. Through the journey itself and the tales told emerge the history and character of a fascinating calling.



Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780374190774 Book cover for 9781560541028
 
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (February 1, 1991)
9781560541028 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $19.95
About: Recounts a voyage of one of the last great American merchant ships, the 'Stella Lykes,' revealing a wealth of maritime lore as crew members tell stories of their careers on the ocean
from Farrar Straus & Giroux (September 1, 1990)
9780374190774 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.00 lbs | List price $18.95
About: Recounts a voyage of one of the last great American merchant ships, the 'Stella Lykes,' revealing a wealth of maritime lore as crew members tell stories of their careers on the ocean
Paperback
Book cover for 9780374523190
 
Reprint edition from Farrar Straus & Giroux (September 1, 1991)
9780374523190 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $17.00
About: Recounts a voyage of one of the last great American merchant ships, the 'Stella Lykes,' revealing a wealth of maritime lore as crew members tell stories of their careers on the ocean
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780394589183
 
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from Random House (September 1, 1990)
9780394589183 | details & prices | List price $15.95
About: This is an extraordinary tale of life aboard what may be one of the last American merchant ships.

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