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Life as a commercial mariner

January 27, 2020 at 12:00 am

“Tales from a Tugboat Captain: An Inside Glimpse of what it’s Like to Live Where You Work” Thomas Teague; Self-published, 2019; 135 pp. $24.95. Reviewed by Bob Muggleston For Points East OK, so a minor disclaimer: I’m a total sucker for books written by professional mariners. Being on the recreationalRead More

Creating a photo logbook

January 27, 2020 at 12:00 am

Guest Perspective: Marilyn Brigham My father, a lifelong sailor and cruiser, suffered a major stroke in his early 80’s. During his recuperation, it was difficult to discern how much he understood about what had happened to him, and what we told him each day. Part of this was that he’dRead More

The ship Endeavour

January 27, 2020 at 12:00 am

Endeavour: The Ship and the Attitude that Changed the World” by Peter Moore. Penguin Random House UK, 2018; 420 pp. Reviewed by Sandy Marsters For Points East You’re right, that’s not the way we spell “endeavor” on this side of the Atlantic. Well, sometimes we do, like when we’re namingRead More

Lit picks, and venturing out

January 27, 2020 at 12:00 am

The first trip to the Isles of Shoals in the new year was a combination supply run for the Star Island caretakers and a reconnaissance mission for upcoming building projects. We loaded a dozen small bags of groceries and a few bottles of wine – enough to get through theRead More

A grim reality

November 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

“The Outlaw Ocean” by Ian Urbana; Alfred A. Knopf, 2019; 544 pp.; $16.53. Book review by Sandy Marsters A decade ago, on a voyage from the Chesapeake to St. Thomas, on a very dark night, the watch spotted the lights of a ship. It was not a crossing situation, butRead More

The essence of Doug

November 18, 2019 at 12:00 am

“BoatSense: Lessons and Yarns from a Marine Writer’s Life Afloat” by Doug Logan; Seapoint Books, 2019; 120 pp.; $19.95. Book review by Charlie Doane What a charming book this is! A slim volume, but with a surprising variety of material in it. There’s a good deal of standard-issue practical adviceRead More

The Pacific riddle: How did they get there?“ Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia”

September 23, 2019 at 12:00 am

by Christina Thompson; HarperCollins, 2019; 324 pp., $12.80 Book review by Sandy Marsters For Points East Ask any third-grade class how humans arrived on the far-flung islands of Polynesia and you’ll probably get some of the same answers that grown-ups offered until fairly recently: God put them there; they walkedRead More

Not your run-of-the-mill Hollywood saga

August 26, 2019 at 12:00 am

“Maiden” directed by Alex Holmes. Perf. Tracy Edwards, Jeni Mundy, and Mikaela Von Koskull. New Black Films 2019. In theaters now. Movie review by Molly Mulhern For Points East You may have heard that the movie “Maiden” is recently out in wide release in the U.S. Not your usual HollywoodRead More

In search of the (rare) great ocean-sailing flick

July 29, 2019 at 12:00 am

Review by Charlie Doane For Points East “The Mercy” directed by James Marsh. Perf. Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, and Ken Stott. StudioCanal 2017. YouTube, Google Play, Vudu and Amazon Prime. Decent films about ocean sailing are, alas, few and far between, so it’s worth noting there are atRead More

A window into Maine’s conservation movement“Sailor for the Wild: On Maine, Conservation and Boats”

June 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm

By Ben Emory; Seapoint Books, 2018; 224 pp.; $19.95. Reviewed by Fiona Gordon Natural Resources Council of Maine Ben Emory provides a detailed account of how his formative years spent summering on the coast of Maine framed his personal and professional lifelong commitment to conserving land and, through that, wildlifeRead More