This is an extraordinary tale of life on the high seas aboard one of the last American merchant ships, the S.S. Stella Lykes, on a forty-two-day journey from Charleston down the Pacific coast of South America. As the crew of the Stella Lykes makes their ocean voyage, they tell stories of other runs and other ships, tales of disaster, stupidity, greed, generosity, and courage.
Looking for a Ship
Andy was worried about the Ben Sawyer Bridge. He thought of it stuck open, and saw in his mind's eye an unending line of stifled cars, his own among them. If his neurons seemed hyperactive, they had some reason...
Praise for Looking for a Ship
“The usual--that is to say, terrific--McPhee treatment, in which the author surrenders to his subject and conquers it: in this case, the merchant marine of the United States.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Remarkably adroit and compelling...the sea seems to be his natural home.” —William Warner, The Washington Post Book World
“McPhee makes Captain Paul McHenry Washburn one of the most memorable men of sea literature.” —Stephen Jones, Chicago Tribune
“Looking for a Ship is not a treatise on the decline of the American merchant marine, any more than Moby-Dick was meant to be a Journal off Commerce report on the whaling industry...Style is what McPhee is loaded down to the Plimsoll marks in: felicitous phrases, keen observation, the knack of unloading a cargo of information without hitting the reader on the head with a jumbo boom.” —Richard F. Shepard, The New York Times