Further precise details of the author's life on the cargo steamers, early in the century, as he progressed from 2nd engineer to Chief, developed from a larky junior into a responsible officer of the Merchant Marine. This complements Watch Belo (1940), and chronologically precedes it. There are the variety of officers, shipmates and companions, the experiences in fair and foul weather, the sea and shore adventures, the backgrounds and stories of the men, the pleasure of a happy ship; there are McFee's own beginnings as a writer, the origins of his books and characters, as he reads, observes and experiences the camaraderie of the sea. A deep dredging of memory that gives a vivid portrayal of the worthwhile little cosmos on a ship. For his special market.