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Notes By the Way in a Sailor's Life is a fascinating and enlightening memoir written by Arthur E. Knights. Drawing upon his extensive maritime experience, Knights takes readers on an extraordinary journey through his life as a sailor, recounting vivid tales of adventure and reflection.

The book provides a raw and unfiltered account of Knights' experiences at sea, transporting readers to a world of unpredictable voyages and encounters. Knights writes with a genuine and engaging voice, sharing both the triumphs and challenges he faced throughout his career. His storytelling abilities bring to life the often harsh and unforgiving realities of life on a ship, from battling fierce storms to managing diverse teams of crew members.

One of the most striking aspects of Notes By the Way in a Sailor's Life is Knights' ability to seamlessly weave together historical contexts with personal anecdotes. As the reader delves deeper into the book, they gain insight into the significant historical events Knights witnessed during his time at sea. From the World Wars to his encounters with various cultures around the globe, he effortlessly connects his personal experiences to broader global narratives.

Knights' writing is captivating, filled with rich descriptions that allow readers to visualize every detail of life aboard a ship. Whether he is describing the mesmerizing beauty of the vast ocean or the camaraderie among sailors, his prose never fails to create a sense of immersion. Furthermore, his reflections on the solitude and introspection that come with life at sea add a layer of depth to the narrative, making this memoir more than just a collection of thrilling tales.

This memoir is not solely a book for sea enthusiasts or history buffs; it holds relevance for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the human experience. Knights' introspective approach leads readers to contemplate universal themes such as resilience, friendship, and the pursuit of purpose. Through his stories, we witness the transformative power of the sea, shaping the lives of those who dare to venture into its depths.

While this memoir offers an incredible glimpse into the life of a sailor, it could have benefited from a more structured narrative. Although Knights skillfully captures the essence of his experiences, the book sometimes darts between episodes without a clear chronological order, leaving the reader momentarily disoriented. However, this minor issue does not detract from the overall enjoyment of the book.

Notes By the Way in a Sailor's Life is a stirring and captivating memoir that transports readers on a journey across oceans and through history. Arthur E. Knights' engaging storytelling, coupled with his profound reflections, makes for an enthralling read. This memoir is a captivating exploration of the sailor's life and a testament to the enduring spirit of those who choose to embrace the open sea.

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Notes by the Way in A Sailor's Life


Captain Arthur E. Knights


In 1898 I was in Hongkong on a business affair which gave me much leisure, when Murray Bain, editor of the China Mail, whom I had long known, asked why I did not send him a letter occasionally. This led to my venturing to give him "Some Notes by the Way in A Sailor's Life."

These Notes, I considered, could only be of interest locally. But some of my friends have urged me to overcome my diffidence and put them in pamphlet form, which I now do for distribution among my friends, trusting that they will treat leniently the literary efforts of one who is a sailor and not a cleric.



A Quick Passage A Record Long Passage A Voyage of Misfortune Beginning of the German Navy An Incident in Hongkong Harbour A Singular Meeting A Little Railway Experience A Good Record in Life Saving Presentation of a Telescope by the British Government The Ship "Bombay" Is There a Fatality Attaching to Men or Inanimate Things? Chinese Politeness A Brazilian Slaver Mary Ann Gander. Hard Times Memory For Voices An Incident of the Great Taiping Rebellion Conclusion

A Quick Passage.

To the editor of the "China Mail."

Dear Sir: I have just read with much pleasure the report of the quick passage made by the sailing ship "Muskoka" from Cardiff to this port in ninety two days... Continue reading book >>

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