Through salt-sprayed eyes
THE SPELL OF THE SEA
Britain has always had a maritime culture. Throughout the early part of this 20th Century, we had the largest fleet of merchant ships in the world. Over 50% of world trade was handled by ships flying the Red Ensign. Indeed when one reflects upon our maritime heritage we remember that we are a nation of seafarers.
Furthermore, we are an island race and have the longest coastline in Europe. From most parts of Britain the sea can be reached within the hour. It seems entirely appropriate, therefore, that I should feel the call of the sea.
Thus commences Robert’s personal biography of his exploits and experiences as a Merchant Navy Radio Officer during World War II.