During the late 1950s, I attended a 12-week training course in seamanship at the Sea Training Camp situated in Sharpness, Gloucester. Having earned the first of my seafarer’s tickets, I then became one of the thousands of British seamen serving in the British Merchant Navy.
In the late 1970s, the then STAR newspaper described Michael Walsh as ‘Britain’s most dangerous man’. Unless one can identify with the mindset of a far-left journalist it is impossible to figure out why such an extreme expression.
On the night of the 19th December 1981, in horrendous storm conditions, the small bulk carrier Union Star suffered engine failure east of the Wolf Rock.
At the onset of the internet, a pundit remarked that future society would be divided between the computer literate and those who failed to keep up. What was the outcome of that prediction?
On November 14, 1854, during a severe storm off the coast of Balaklava, the British frigate Prince did not have time to gain a safe haven in the bay, crashed on the rocks and sank to the sea bed. Of the 150 people on board, only six survived.
The tributes I have received during the 53-years of political struggle, Mike Kampf as my wife calls it, are invariably respectful and complimentary and are a great source of pride for me.
Since childhood, we know that dolphins are among the smartest creatures on the planet. There are many examples of dolphins saving the lives of distressed humans floundering in the seas and near beaches.
Why live one life when by purchasing and reading books and novels you can live as many lives as you wish? You can accompany explorers, share the fields of conflict with the servicemen of many nationalities. You can fall in love with beautiful women and travel, solve crimes and be a part of any unfolding drama. Dilemma: With millions of titles available our problem as book buyers is to discover a novel that will turn us into a Paige Turner.
The Audacity of Peter Tordenskjold: The Naval Captain Who Asked His Enemy For Ammo in The Middle of a Battle
On November 12, 1720 Peter Tordenskjold died in a sword duel. It will not sound familiar to most people, but he was one of the great national heroes of Denmark and Norway—countries that were once united, a daring sailor who would be the equivalent of what Nelson is to the British, Ruyter to the Dutch, Jones to the Americans or Bazán to the Spanish. Remembered in several popular songs and honored with several statues, streets, books, films and even a festival, a corvette of the Danish navy and a ship of the Norwegian navy are named after him. He is also cited in the Danish royal anthem.
When in 1959 Michael Walsh was offered a deck boy’s job on the MV Britannic it never entered his head that he had been chosen by fate to be the final link in an ocean-going epic.