Seaspray and Whisky - Tale of a Turbulent voyage
"There would not be many ships afloat where the captain performed in dockside taverns, the chief engineer never entered the engine room, the second mate never entered the saloon, the chief steward was perpetually stewed, and the cooks made the galley a mealtime battleground. And a rough neck crew of proven rowdiness..."
Author Norman Freeman, a shy and reticent radio operator, finds himself the sparks on a down-at-heel cargo vessel journeying from Liverpool to New York, New Orleans and Houston in midwinter during the 1960s.
Given the crew, it was perhaps unfortunate that a considerable part of the cargo was whisky, and predictable that when they reached Houston some 960 bottles were missing.
This is an amusing, entertaining and sometimes pognant memoir of an extraordinary journey, told with honesty and sympathy - it is a hugely good read and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
236 page, unillustrated paperback