Mr. Armstrong who has handled a similar theme (No Time For Tankers, 1958, 120, J-256) has written another realistic tale about a lad who goes to sea, this time as a galley boy. Rod Bastable, a 16-year-old orphan, joins up with a steamer crew just to have a job and to escape the hardships and loneliness of his life in England. Rod's initial boredom, his struggles, his friendship with a former classmate who is on board training to be an officer, compose an exciting, finely organized plot. String, a crew mate, ruled by jealousy, attempts to frame Rod in connection with a theft, and is almost successful. The crashing angry sea--the sudden storms, the dangerous fog, the periodic calms-- is painted in sharp detail by a man who seems to know it well.