This for the Villiers' audience....The autobiography for the youth and apprenticeship of an English lad on a salling vessel of the Merchant Marine. Devoted to his elderly father, Adams escapes the unsympathetic upbringing of relatives by going to sea, makes seven trips around the Horn, then learns at San Francisco that he must give up the sea. The title may suggest off-color memoirs but that is misleading. The material is wholesome, enthusiastic, filled with the love of the sea, its men and its ships. Good reading -- often moving -- of a youngster who had to fight his fears, but who sailed a straight course only to have success snatched from his grasp. We liked it!