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Ida was a tramp - and other reflections by…

Ida was a tramp - and other reflections

by Edwin Jay Quinby

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0682483362, Hardcover)

An entertaining seafarer's memoir with a bonus for the true rail fan and steamboat buff. Quinby describes his love of seagoing life telling of the adventures of a young man who becomes a ship's wireless operator at the begriming of the radio/wireless industry. Then of his 29,716 mile voyage on the high seas on the tramp steamer IDA to the far east. The voyage brings him to the shores of Russia during the 1917 Revolution inspiring a brilliant account of the fighting along the Trans-Siberian railroad and the refugees taken aboard Ida in Vladivostok. On the homeward voyage Ida's dramatic SOS rescue job in the stormy mid-Pacific is spellbinding. In the years between the world wars we see the inventions and the development that made the 'wireless industry' a giant. WWII find Quinby afloat training the young in electronics and weaponry in blimps, destroyers and submarines. Readers are treated throughout to descriptions of every means of transportation developed in the 20th century, and to marvelous stories about 'steam', the author's enduring passion among ships. I enjoyed this book very much, Cdr. Quinby tells a great story.

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