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The Captain The Book Centers Around The Specialized Ocean Tugboat Trade In Harinxma, Then A Young Tugboat Officer, Escapes To Britain The Kwel Company Has Managed To Get Away Much Of Its Fleet And Personnel, One Jump Ahead Of The Advancing Germans, And Sets Up To Continue Operations From London Harinxma Gets His First Command, At An Earlier Age And Under Much Difficult Conditions Than He Would Otherwise Have Had, Specifically Acting As A Rescue Boat For The Often Suicidal Allied Convoys To Murmansk Griping adventure on the high seas during WWII The maturation of a young man into the captain of a Dutch deep sea tug pressed into service on the Murmansk run by the British Action, adventure, and coming of age during a time of brutal events. Worse Things Happen at SeaA ripping yarn, a wizard adventure Only Patrick O Brian holds a candle to Jan de Hartog in authentic tales of the sea It s the combination of human relations and the relations with the ship itself that does it for me Men under stress act in interesting ways And all men on a ship, not just in time of war, are stressed They live or did when Captain was writtenor less in conditions of deprivation of sleep, of palatable food, of basic comforts like showers an Worse Things Happen at SeaA ripping yarn, a wizard adventure Only Patrick O Brian holds a candle to Jan de Hartog in authentic tales of the sea It s the combination of human relations and the relations with the ship itself that does it for me Men under stress act in interesting ways And all men on a ship, not just in time of war, are stressed They live or did when Captain was writtenor less in conditions of deprivation of sleep, of palatable food, of basic comforts like showers and silence, and perhaps most importantly, female influence Working ships like ocean going tugs, icebreakers, and most military vessels were traditionally designed and built with accommodation for the crew as a last consideration Crammed between fuel tanks or below decks equipment into spaces lacking ventilation, hygiene, and well space, it is no exaggeration to say that they were treated worse than animals in a zoo And the conditions only get worse at sea bobbing like a cork, shuddering and sliding with every wave, pounding over and through ice, wet through with no chance of completely drying out, continuously cold with nothing but cold food and cold, undrinkable coffee The smell of diesel fumes is one that no one really gets accustomed to If it really gets rough, everyone is sick, even the old salts In wartime convoys, people die.And yet men perform their duties They get up for watch at 3 30 in the morning, stand in the rain or snow and dark for four hours, do their daylight chores and drills, chip paint and paint rust, go back on afternoon watch, then do it again and again For months on end None of it very edifying, except at the pen of a master like de Hartog who recognises the stamina, the grit necessary to persevere And somehow it is the ship, which they simultaneously distrust and love, that allows them to transcend the objective misery of their existence The ship is a god like object of faith that mediates their relationships Its operating, its maintenance, its survival is shared as an existential fact something that needs no discussion, no explanation or theory It just is.De Hartog insistently makes the point that the idea of the ship is very different for military and civilian crews, especially on Dutch ocean going tugs This difference goes beyond spit and polish versus slovenly make do and mend De Hartog s portrayal of the culture of high seas towing and salvage is clearly based on the old Dutch sleepdienst company L Smit Co Smit became known as the vulture of the seas, as well as theromantic Hollands Glorie, because it made its money by being the first on scene anywhere in the world to claim salvage rights for vessels in distress Smit s fleet of huge tugs were strategically placed to offer assistance as soon as everyone was off the stricken vessel in order to establish salvage, but not a moment before.Life on Smit tugs wasn t governed by military discipline but by mutual confidence in competence and respect for the ship But the relationships arethan that of camaraderies among heavy equipment operators De Hartog plays on the tension between the naval commander of the convoy and the tug captain to great effect Both their motivations and their methods of command are fundamentally incompatible Warships are machines run on fear of the consequences of disobedience Tugs are organic entities powered by a sort of hive mind which is as delicate as lace The former operates by rote procedure, the latter by experiential skills The convoy commander wants to get as many ships as possible to Murmansk The tug captain wants to get a single ship through the war, his.No glorification of war No romanticising of life at sea No sympathy for loneliness and discomfort Just a stirring tale of quiet persistence Years ago when my mother moved out of her last house, she cleverly unloaded a considerable collection of books on me They caused a little family friction at times since one contingent would like to dispose of all we are unlikely to read and another thinks we should keep all we might sometime read Guess which side I m on.There are some that truly generate no interest But then there are surprises, books which don t hold much promise but turn out great The latest one we discovered is The Captai Years ago when my mother moved out of her last house, she cleverly unloaded a considerable collection of books on me They caused a little family friction at times since one contingent would like to dispose of all we are unlikely to read and another thinks we should keep all we might sometime read Guess which side I m on.There are some that truly generate no interest But then there are surprises, books which don t hold much promise but turn out great The latest one we discovered is The Captain It s an incredible chronicle of a converted tugboat used to rescue sailors from sunken convoy ships in the North Atlantic in World War II.More important, it is the story of a man s growth from innocence to fear to terror to cowardice to finally conscience and understanding of the inhumanity of the wanton, mass destruction of human life in modern warfare The Captain presents a convincing argument for conscientious objection to war.I find it hard to take a position that pacifism is the only answer under all circumstances Would I willingly submit to Nazi rule or live under Idi Amin, Hussein or any of the other tyrannical dictators who thought nothing of killing innocent people No But for me, the need must be a direct threat on what we hold dear, not some politician s concept of a vague threat to our politics or economy Those struggles call for constructive, not destructive, action De Hartog might ask, are we any better than those butchers when we send our citizens out to be killed This is a book well worth reading I have always thought of this book as one of my most favorite book After rereading it for the first time since the 60 s I got a fresh perspective on why this particular book struck such a strong cord with me The story of the young Dutch tug boat Captain on an extremely hazardous trip, acting as a rescue ship for a convoy en route to Murmamsk while under almost constant attack form German air and U Boats His description of the war action is vivid and compelling and coupled with the struggles I have always thought of this book as one of my most favorite book After rereading it for the first time since the 60 s I got a fresh perspective on why this particular book struck such a strong cord with me The story of the young Dutch tug boat Captain on an extremely hazardous trip, acting as a rescue ship for a convoy en route to Murmamsk while under almost constant attack form German air and U Boats His description of the war action is vivid and compelling and coupled with the struggles that he faces as Captain in gaining the confidence in and authority over his small crew and then coping with the progressive and debilitating fear that he had to deal with makes this book a masterpiece Jan de Hartog dramatically illustrates the horrors of war and the impact on those seeing humanity at its worst

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