I picked up this old book at a used book store the other day. It was written by a WWII era Marine and the title was Sea stories and Fairy Tales.
Author is Chuck Beveridge and Illustrator Gene Packwood. ISBN 0965468801
I could not put it down, the illustrations are a hoot. You remember cartoons like sad sack...well, maybe not. It is 1940 era art. You would
recognize it if you saw it. Any way, I thought I would start an off topic thread and see if there were any good sea stories out there.
Abebooks is always cheaper
Now, there is a very specific format to the beginning to a Sea Story or Fairy tale and in fact that is how you can tell the difference. Quoting from
the referenced book.
A fairy tale always begins with "once upon a time". A sea story begins with "Now, this is no s#!t" or "You ain't gunnabelieve this s#!t" or "Now
this s#!t really happened"
Now that tells you the basic difference but to that I would add that a fairy tale has an ironic and unbelievable happy ending. For example in the
book, one fairy tale involves a Marine leaving the ship when liberty was secured (because they were sailing the next day). He missed ships movement
( a serious offense), went to mast, was given a very minor punishment and spent the rest of the war in Maui awaiting the return of the ship and his
Not sure if I can come up with any really good sea stories but I will tell the couple that I have.
Now, this is no s#!t, right out of ET A school, running a trouble call at NAVCOMSTA Stockton, complaint is shredder not working. So the first step
in the logical trouble shooting is to confirm there is something wrong with the gear, so I plug it in right there in crypto. The lights go out, al
the gear goes offline. The Chief types on the order wire, what was the previous rate of the ET that plugged in that shredder?
Ok, not great. The book is better, go get the book.
In any case post your sea stories and fairy tales here...
edit on 5-5-2012 by kawika because: corectolated spel'n err
5-5-2012 by kawika because: corectolated spel'n err
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