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The Voyage of the Rose City

Free read The Voyage of the Rose City ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub A gripping beautifully told story of a young man’s coming of age at sea When John Moynihan decided to ship out in the Merchant Marine during the summer of his junior year at Wesleyan University his father Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan was not enthusiastic As a young man before joining the US Navy Pat Moynihan had worked the New York City docks and knew what his son would encounter However John’s mother Elizabeth an avid sailor found the idea of an adventure at sea exciting and set out to help him get his Seaman’s Papers When John was sworn in he was given one piece of advice to not tell the crew that his father was a United States senatorThe job ticket read “. Written by the son of Senator Patrick Moynihan this book was submitted as an assignment to Paul Horgan s writing class promptly forgotten and then resurrected by his mother after his untimely death at forty four from a reaction to Tylenol John had signed on an as ordinary seaman on a tanker for a voyage that became much longer than he had anticipated His father who had served in the Navy thought it was a bad idea his mother thought the contrary having a naive and glamorous view of the sea perhaps much as I do Whenever I took those blasted career tests they always came out librarian or ship captain Then again they were pathetically easy to manipulate I guess the reality was I wanted to sit around and give orders while readingJohn worked on a supertanker The bow was a uarter mile from the stern and to walk from one end to the other took about 5 minutes at a brisk pace They never walked briskly since the five minutes were like an additional break And always carry something like a wrench to make it like work he was advised Obtaining the job through connections his father had with the Seafarers Union he was not popular with the crew who saw him as taking up a job someone else needed That most of them spent their time trying not to work was beside the point As an ordinary seaman he had to be taught everything until he can make a contribution His description of his first turn at the wheel is lyrical The first sensation was the immediate contact with the shudders and tremors of the ship Between the grinding vibrations of the all powerful engine room and the pounding of the sea at her unyielding steel sides the ship was an animate mover She pushed her way through the ocean raising her bow with every swell and hurtling back down with a deafening crescendo I could feel the movement the huge screw in the back working to propel her forward The horizon became less of a definition between sea and sky than a tangible object that could be sought reached left behindThe union the officers the company are all to be derided Contrary to Coast Guard rules they have to repair a crack in the superstructure by welding and John is the only one in his ignorance willing to stand in the empty tanks with a fire extinguisher in case sparks start a fire I hadn t realized it but when a tanker is light the danger of igniting volatile fumes is at its greatest Our captain it suddenly occurred to me was not only violating Coast Guard law by welding on deck he was sending us down into vapor filled tanks with an open flame It also came out that the radar on the bridge had gone out the first full day at sea and instead of stopping off in South Africa to have it repaired we were going to wait until we got to Japan It didn t matter that we d be going through the Straits of Malacca in typhoon season Business is business and the insurance will pay off anything that might go wrong I did take out my silent revenge on Texaco and the Seven Sisters by pissing in the tank hoping that somewhere six months later some stockholder s Cadillac wouldn t start as a result The tanks had been washed out first a task that must be done between each loading Again on the high seas the rules were routinely ignored It is not difficult to tell whether a tanker is cleaning its tanks Having washed buffeted and generally rinsed out the tanks we could see the dirty water discharged from the side of the ship through the manifold For hundreds of miles we left an oily slick on the surface of the ocean without thinking twice about it Anywhere in the Atlantic Indian or Pacific Oceans the residue of tankers can be seen At one point we followed the course of another tanker that had left a trail of pollution across several latitudesThe yearning to avoid work was understandable The peculiarities of their contracts made it difficult for seaman to reach retirement age since they needed twenty years of duty to make their pensions twenty years of sea time which meant actually they needed forty to forty five years of working before ualifyingMonyihan does have his lyrical moments In between the monotany it would get so bad that scrapping paint was to be looked forward to he did learn to appreciate the sea In the absolute still of the morning watch in the rapt hour before the dawn when the only light was the dull glow of the electric compass and the useless pulsings of the broken radar in the foaming seas of another hemisphere and on another side of the planet I relished the thought that all those fuckers back there at the university were scratching one another s eyes out with the same old bullshit There was none of that here None you could get away with anyway This was life and death with every turn of the compass It was real It was a strangely comforting thought On the seventh the clouds began to gather Monsoon seasonThe book goes off the rails somewhat after the ship arrives in Japan and it becomes a uasi journal eg bummed around Nara went to a bar looked for a place to sleep had a beer etcNote I believe the Rose City was delivered to the Navy and became the hospital ship Comfort in 1987 Here s a picture of her engine room It looks like something from a space ship

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Free read The Voyage of the Rose City ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ven came to value the drunken camaraderie among men whose only real family was one another A talented artist John drew what he saw and kept a journal on the ship that he turned into his senior thesis when he returned to Wesleyan the following yearA few years after John died in his early forties the result of a reaction to acetaminophen his mother printed a limited edition of his journal illustrated with drawings from his notebooks Encouraged by the interest in his account of the voyage she agreed to publish the book widely An honestly written story of a boy’s coming into manhood at sea The Voyage of the Rose City is a taut thrilling tale of the adventure of a lifetime. The account of a round the world voyage on an oil supertanker written by a young man whose father at the time was a US Senator John became bored with college and decided to drop out for a year and join the Merchant Marine using his father s extensive connections to score a lowly berth as a crewman When word on board gets out of his family links he s subjected to much abuse and is threatened with violence A very good book for fans of Melville and nautical adventures The author is made wiser by his experience and unfortunately died at a young age this is his only book Genetics printed a limited edition of his journal illustrated with drawings from his notebooks Encouraged by the interest in his account of the voyage she agreed to Elvásik A Veres Csillag publish the book widely An honestly written story of a boy’s coming into manhood at sea The Voyage of the Rose City is a taut thrilling tale of the adventure of a lifetime. The account of a round the world voyage on an oil supertanker written by a young man whose father at the time was a US Senator John became bored with college and decided to drop out for a year and join the Merchant Marine using his father s extensive connections to score a lowly berth as a crewman When word on board gets out of his family links he s subjected to much abuse and is threatened with violence A very good book for fans of Melville and nautical adventures The author is made wiser by his experience and unfortunately died at a young age this is his only book

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Free read The Voyage of the Rose City ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Forty five days from Camden New Jersey to the Mediterranean on the Rose City” a supertanker As the ship sailed the orders changed and forty five days became four months across the euator around Africa across the Indian Ocean and up to Japan a far perilous voyage than John or his mother had imagined The physical labor was grueling and outdated machinery aboard the ship including broken radar jeopardized the lives of the crew They passed through the Straits of Malacca three times with hazardous sailing conditions and threats of pirates But it was also the trip of a lifetime John reveled in the natural world around him listened avidly to the tales of the old timers and e. This review aims to do John Moynihan the honor of considering The Voyage of the Rose City on its merits rather than dwell on the fact it is written by famous a US Senator s son who left the world too soon Rose City refers to the merchant tanker ship the author took a character building job on back in 1980 A well heeled boy with a developed intellect and soft hands he comes in for a good deal of disdain from the hard bitten types that make up the Rose City s crewMoynihan s narrative drags when he gets into the nuts and bolts of industrial labor on a big tanker Yes he s diving for pearls those of us with regular lives are unfamiliar with but the detail is too heavy Of course another seafaring text Moby Dick is guilty of the same crime where facts about whales and the industry that harvests them are concerned So there you have itHe also frontloads his portraits of the crew so that you either have a great memory or have to mark the descriptions and return to them when a character surfaces with little than a name clipped to his ear But lots of great novelists have used that techniue as well So there you have it Rose City isn t so much a story as a literary documentary about life on a merchant vessel The only narratives that exist are of the small bore type and focus on Moynihan s evolving relationship with individual crew members These have mostly satisfying results as he slowly begins to blend in with those different than himself becoming less different through the seafaring life but they are not very deepA lot has happened since 1980 that both add and detract from the value of the text Now of course it is a timepiece describing a bygone world A book about work which is rare these days much as we are all saddled with the obligationAs you read the idea of the cell phone keeps popping into one s mind as these modern men endure the pain of separation from loved ones that today would have made their lives much easierThe western literary canon offers many a diary of life at sea and Moynihan s is a worthy addition to that canon for those who revel in adventure and for those that dream of doing what this one writer did


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  1. says: John Moynihan ✓ 9 Free read Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ John Moynihan The Voyage of the Rose City (Free)

    The Voyage of the Rose City (Free) Written by the son of Senator Patrick Moynihan this book was submitted as an assignment to Paul Horgan’s writing class promptly forgotten and then resurrected by his mother after his untimely death at forty four from a reaction to Tylenol John had signed on an as ordinary seaman on a tanker for a voyage that

  2. says: Summary The Voyage of the Rose City The Voyage of the Rose City (Free) John Moynihan ✓ 9 Free read

    The Voyage of the Rose City (Free) An engaging and worthwhile story If only he were alive now I think he'd be churning out great books comics andor animation I am not an objective reader; I had the privilege of knowing John pretty well through college and a few years afterward I miss him terriblyThe arc was great foolish privileged college boy gets than he bargains for when he wants to see the world and get away from school life Ultimately he does get what he wants and a

  3. says: The Voyage of the Rose City (Free) John Moynihan ✓ 9 Free read

    Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ John Moynihan John Moynihan ✓ 9 Free read Summary The Voyage of the Rose City This book was an entertaining and easy read As the daughter of a Merchant Marine engineer I was interested to see what a typical voyage was like from a mate's perspective Many of the anecdotes were familiar to me and I really enjoyed at least the first half of the book Unfortunately the author lost me when he detailed his decent into debauchery with the boys upon whom the old timers rightly resented for thei

  4. says: The Voyage of the Rose City (Free) John Moynihan ✓ 9 Free read Summary The Voyage of the Rose City

    The Voyage of the Rose City (Free) Given the critical fuss made over this especially by the NYT's Dwight Garner who rated it as one of the 10 notable books of 2011 I found this book to be a major disappointment on a number of levelsFirst Moynihan through his dad's connections as a US senator finagles a position on a US merchant ship He knows he got on board by pulling strings and essentially running his own scam and he's hopeful he can keep how he got t

  5. says: Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ John Moynihan The Voyage of the Rose City (Free) John Moynihan ✓ 9 Free read

    The Voyage of the Rose City (Free) This review aims to do John Moynihan the honor of considering “The Voyage of the Rose City” on its merits rather than dwell on the fact it is written by famous a US Senator's son who left the world too soon“Rose City” refers t

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    The Voyage of the Rose City (Free) Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ John Moynihan John Moynihan ✓ 9 Free read nice adventure in the modern merchant marine Taken from Moynihan's journals and i assume he wrote them up into book form Ship left new jersey east bound and finished in Seattle after filling up twice with millions and millions of g

  7. says: The Voyage of the Rose City (Free) John Moynihan ✓ 9 Free read Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ John Moynihan

    John Moynihan ✓ 9 Free read Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ John Moynihan Summary The Voyage of the Rose City An interesting travel account by a young man the son of Senator Patrick Moynihan who joins a merchant marine crew to experie

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    The Voyage of the Rose City (Free) Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ John Moynihan Summary The Voyage of the Rose City A sweet and very poignant little bookPassively I thought a lot about the semester I took off from Wesleyan and different as it was and I never would want to have spent it aboard the Rose City I felt a kinship for a 19 or 20 year old moved by all the new things he saw and the strange and in Moynihan's case sometimes disturbing new

  9. says: Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ John Moynihan The Voyage of the Rose City (Free)

    Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ John Moynihan The Voyage of the Rose City (Free) The account of a round the world voyage on an oil supertanker written by a young man whose father at the time was a US Senator John became bored with college and decided to drop out for a year and join the Merchant Marine using his father's extensive connections to score a lowly berth as a crewman When word on board gets out of his family links he's subjected to much abuse and is threatened with violence A v

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    Summary The Voyage of the Rose City John Moynihan ✓ 9 Free read Summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ John Moynihan Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan's son 20 takes a year off college to work incognito on a super tanker going around the world It gets interesting when they hit ports; especially insights on Africa Japan and Indonesia Street level observations make the pages fly Author deceased I'm impressed that his mother did not bowdlerize the parts about the pot the drunkenness the whore houses we all have our faults Impressed she ha

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  • Hardcover
  • 256
  • The Voyage of the Rose City
  • John Moynihan
  • English
  • 05 September 2020
  • 9780812982435