Salty Tales is the diary of my first sea voyage as a Fisheries Observer; 111 days on a Portuguese stern trawler during a stormy North Atlantic winter.

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Salty Tales

The trip began one October night in 2001, when I transferred from a fishery patrol ship to a rusty old trawler more than 200 miles out at sea, somewhere on Newfoundland’s Grand Banks.

My predecessor had left a note in  my cabin which read:

“Careful of the ship’s nurse – he is a bit too touchy feely if you catch my drift. Don’t believe the figures the Captain gives you – he’s making them up, and go careful around the crew – one of them was killed 2 weeks ago when he got caught in the winch was cut into 3 pieces. His brothers and cousins are onboard, and they are pretty cut up about it! Have a good trip!”

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Book

If salty tales are your thing, and you’d like to understand a little more about the life of trawlermen and fisheries observers, and get a glimpse at some of the incredible creatures of the deep, then I invite you to read the book.

Join me on my first trip at sea. Don’t worry, you can do it from the comfort of your armchair.

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Testimonials

“Just discovered this blog last night & having read from day 1 I must say how much I have enjoyed it. Having spent the early years of my life on trawlers in the Atlantic I can identify with what you describe so easily. Looking forward to the rest of your story!” – tommuintir

“A brilliant idea- that we can read your diary. Who wouldn’t wan’t to read someone’s diary for starters? It’s brilliantly written- A great build up with the anticipation of a big event and the emotions described so well. As always, your delivery of humour is just brilliant. I really can’t wait to read the next bit.” – Vikki Sutherns

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