Eight Bells and Top Masts

Eight Bells and Top Masts : Diaries from a Tramp Steamer

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The time is the late 1950s. It is the end of an era. The end of the trade in which an old converted coal-burning ship with a Chinese crew and a handful of British officers would tramp from port to port, picking up cargo where it could, never knowing where it, and they, would be heading next. Chrisopher Lee, author of the BBC radio series "This Sceptred Isle", worked on these ships as a boy, growing up quickly as he tramped around the world. He worked with rough, strange and fascinating men and faithfully recorded all he saw and heard in diaries that form the basis of this record.show more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 139 x 223mm
  • Headline Publishing Group
  • Headline Book Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0747274924
  • 9780747274926
  • 2,190,220

About Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee was born on the banks of the Thames and learned the trade of a sailor aboard a Thames sailing barge. A historian by training, he sailed the world on tramp ships before embarking on a career as writer.show more

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