The Life of a Deep Sea Trawlerman
By James Greene
I must admit that I have very mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand it is an excellent narrative, well written and easy to read. It is packed full with pictures, experiences, brushes with death, vessels, characters and anecdotes (including one about the man for who this website was originally written).
On the other hand it takes me back to a time when life was tougher, money was harder to come by but times seemed better and the seaports and fishing towns of this country were thriving and bonded communities.
It was a time before Ted Heath betrayed the fishermen of the UK by giving their livelihoods away to the EEC as the price of Britain’s membership.
Every port had its ships and its characters and many are remembered in this book. The men and their ships are all gone now together with the jobs that sustained them, and we will never see their like again. This book reminds me of the days when I used to stand on North End and watch the battered and rust streaked trawlers sail up and down the Wyre.
In all, it’s a damn good, nostalgic read and, at £12.99, well worth buying.
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