Everyone aboard the Dutch freighter, , knew Hector, the First Mat's dog. Seaworthy and intelligent, he was as much a part of the crew as any man on ship, until the day in 1922 that he got separated from his master while the freighter was docked in Vancouver. The story, which appeared in condensed version in a 1956 issue of the Readers Digest, of Hector's Odyssey from Vancouver to Japan in search of his master, is told here in rich detail. The author, not forgetting that he is a man writing about a dog, never succumbs to the temptation of endowing Hector with his own human thoughts. Consequently, against a vivid nautical background, Hector emerges fully as a dog, albeit a dog and takes his place with dignity, among the numerous canine heroes of non-fiction. Possibly the Mowst Farley Dog That Wouldn't Be) market?