by Gordon Gray

On a blustery, West Highland summer’s day in the early 1950s, a black-hulled mail steamer ploughed its way northwards from Mallaig up through the Sound of Sleat between the mainland of Scotland and the isle of Skye.

The spray from its bow wave flew high up her sides and dark smoke was tugged from her bright red funnel by the wind. a small boy, aged about two or three, wearing a green knitted top and blue dungarees, sat on the warm deck peering through the rails, his face smiling widely with excitement.

The gentle roll of the wooden deck, the smoke blowing from the funnel, the sea splashing past in the wake, the seagulls wheeling overhead squawking furiously and the mixture of strange smells all filled him with excitement and enthralled him. in one small boy a love of ships and the sea had been born.

The author joined the royal Navy and also worked in the deep sea trawling industry.

Over the past few years he has undertaken expedition voyages to both Polar regions in ships as diverse as icebreakers, ex-Russian research vessels and cruise liners.


This is a very interesting book, well written, and I would highly recommend this book to our readers.

Published by:

Amberley Publications
The Hill


Paperback: 234mm x 156mm, 288 pp illustrated

Price: £17.99



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