Oriental Endeavour

By David Creamer

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A tale of two tugboats brimming with adventure, mishap and intrigue A rare and true-life seafaring adventure story with a difference!

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Whittles Publishing

Whittles Publishing has been established for some years but recently has expanded significantly, becoming a well-known technical publisher on a global stage. They publish quality, well-produced and attractive books and specialise in the following subjects: geomatics, civil and structural engineering and applied science. They are also developing new lists in specific disciplines including architecture and landscape, manufacturing and materials technology, fuel and energy science and geotechnics. They also publish non-technical books within the following areas: maritime, pharology, military history, nature and exploration.

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As a sequel to the successful Rats, Rust and Two Old Ladies, the story of Oriental Endeavour begins when the author delivers a tugboat from Avonmouth to Buchanan in war-torn Liberia. Four years later, he is asked to command one of two tugboats for delivery from West Africa to Singapore and, despite being renamed, he soon realises this is the same boat. Along with its sister, Oriental Tug No. 2 has been terribly neglected whilst in Liberia and requires extensive repairs at Las Palmas. The 11-day trip becomes particularly memorable due to a funnel fire, the discovery of a stowaway, a wheelhouse that is no longer water-tight and bad weather. En route to Malta they are battered by a violent storm and Roland, the unfriendly rat, is sighted. After a short stay in fly-infested Djibouti, they successfully avoid Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden and attempt their first crossing of the Indian Ocean which is thwarted by further machinery failure and partial flooding of some cabins. After 13 weeks they arrive in a muddy backwater creek in Singapore where the owner mysteriously declines to show his face.

Before sailing from Buchanan the ships were visited by employees of timber companies involved in gun-running and the illegal stripping of Liberia's hardwood forests. Were blood diamonds from Sierra Leone concealed on board? Ex-President Charles Taylor of Liberia is on trial at the Hague - will the truth ever be known?

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Whittles Publishing
Publication Date 6 Dec 2011
SKU 9781849950343-grouped
Number of Pages 192

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'A fantastic tale of two tugboats which is crammed full of adventure, accidents and excitement. ... A first-rate story that is a real page-turner from start to finish. A great sequel to Creamer's previous book, Rats, Rust and Two Old Ladies'. Sea Breezes 'A fascinating tale of accident, adventure and intrigue at sea. ...sufficient material for a Hollywood epic? You read, you decide! It really is a fascinating account'. Ned Middleton '...His latest work has the same mix of humour and unlikely encounters that has made his sea-going life a rich tapestry of adventure and unforgettable experiences. ...every dilemma guaranteed to trigger a sharp intake of breath and a smile'. Yachting Life '...an equally enjoyable and well-written tale of two tugboats. ... This is a rollicking tale of the sea, penned with a great deal of warmth and humour, and engagingly entertaining'. Nautilus Telegraph 'This is a very entertaining read, well written, and I would highly recommend the book to our readers'. SHIPPING - Today & Yesterday 'Another lively and readable book from the author of Rats, Rust and Two Old Ladies. ... The scene is set for another adventure which will amuse and delight the reader, even though we realise it was not nearly so amusing at the time. ... This is an another entertaining book by a very capable author, and is highly recommended.' International Tugmasters Association

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