The tramp steamers went anywhere and everywhere. As the workhorses of the sea, they were cheaper than other cargo boats, so conditions were also cheap, dangerous and unpleasant.
The events and people in this publication are drawn from real life. The stories are about real people, real ships, real shipping companies and real situations. It is meant to be an amusing set of sea stories, offering a small glimpse into the constant hardships for seamen on the old tramp steamers as they ploughed the oceans of the world for so many years.
Henry, now in his nineties told many of his stories to his son whilst he was a youngster. This work is putting some of these stories of the life at sea into permanent memory. Henry was at sea for 5 years a total of 1,827 days so what is contained herein is just a small insight, but a completely different view from the many other books that romanticise the life at sea.