AND GOD CAUGHT AN EEL by Ethel F. Blaisdell


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With a backward look at One Foot in Heaven and a forward look at the screen version of Moby Dick, in the offing, one can better assess the market possibilities of this blend of regionalism, whaling yarns and religion. Now 90 and for 44 years Methodist chaplain of the Seaman's Bethel in New Bedford (the Whaleman's Chapel of Moby Dick), the Rev. Charles Thurber is claimed by his biographer to be the last living link with the old whaling days of New England. The present flourishing state of the Mariners' Home, the Bethel and the Whaling Museum are monuments to a life spent in the service of God and the sea. From childhood, Charles Thurber grudged hours spent away from the docks; he earned enough selling junk and cleaning drugstores to buy his first sailboat; at 12 he was quartermaster on a barge running from Taunton to Narragansett Bay, and at 16 was promoted to an engine room. He was 22 and married before he had ""the call"" to be a preacher. The term at the Methodist Academy was an unhappy one, he stayed only long enough to quality for a small, poor parish, the first of a succession that he came through with flying colors. But once in a Parish with no problems, he was evidently lured to the sea again, and had seven prosperous years before the chaplaincy of the Seaman's Bethel offered him the ultimate in satisfaction. All his previous experiences would be foundation for what was to be his life work. This has a chance for an off the beaten track market in various categories.

Pub Date: Oct. 18th, 1954
Publisher: Coward McCann