Chasing Conrad: A tale of the sea and a glimpse into the abyss
An interesting memoir of life on general cargo ships in the 1970's sailing mainly in the far East. It reflects a bygone life working at sea before the introduction of containerisation when ships were in port for longer periods and the crews could experience the local life in depth. It was also before routine use of SatNavs when the noon sight and days run had key significance.
Hall admits to great admiration for Joseph Conrad and his works, hence the book title. He also enjoyed sailing in the inner seas of the Indonesian archipelago “Conrad country” as he calls it.
A pleasant bunkside read.