I wrote about this painting some time ago after having been sent a copy by one of my friends and mentioned that I didn’t know who the artist was. I was therefore delighted to be contacted by him and discover that his name is Ian Boyd. He said ‘It was painted by me a long time ago now when I lived in the UK and was commissioned regularly by all you Tuggee guys to paint pictures of the Thames tugs amongst other ships etc.’ So, thank you, Ian, for the picture that has been hanging in my house!
Just heard (28/11/2018) that the hull of the Cervia is now so so thin that a hole the size of a football has developed. She is now sitting on the bottom in Ramsgate harbour, but fortunately hasn’t actually sunk because of the shallowness of the water. Attempts are now being made to carry out repairs and re-float her. It’s very sad for the volunteers who have given so much of their time carrying out restoration work.
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‘Paid to Live the Dream: A Seafarer’s Tale of Life Afloat’ contains a series of Anthony Edwards’ fascinating accounts as he leaves his family behind for the more colorful and riveting life of a seafarer. Born in Gravesend, England, Edwards had a difficult childhood. When he stumbles upon an opportunity to leave everything behind, he takes the opportunity gladly. He starts off as a cook in a loyal and amiable crew and later becomes a skipper. More adventure is in store when he and his wife, Jill, navigate from Belgium through the French canals en route the Med on a less than perfect yacht. On the “Passing Fancy,” Edwards and Jill witness various fascinating and disturbing moments from different charters. Still, the adventure continues and soon enough they are back at sea, this time on a fancier yacht.
From the coast of England to the exotic locales of Gibraltar, Peniche, Majorca, Sorrento, and Fiumicino, Paid to Live the Dream is a mix of thrilling moments and fascinating culture. Anthony Edwards delivers the accounts through various hilarious and dangerous moments while presenting the history of different places. He talks about the people he encountered, explaining his opinion of them and theirs of him. The book also captures England’s culture during the time between 1958 and 1971. It is this wonderful blend that makes Anthony Edwards’ story not only absorbing but unforgettable. His ability to risk it all for everything he had only dreamt about is beyond inspirational. Paid to Live the Dream is definitely captivating and, on top of that, enlightening.”
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I am now well into the next book, which continues on from where Paid to Live the Dream leaves off.
Also, I am splitting off the first part of Paid to Live the Dream as an optional choice for people who are particularly interested in the tugs and the river Thames, as well as life in 1960’s Gravesend.
It will probably be called The tugs, the Thames – and me (decision time anytime soon!)
The original idea for this book was to write about one particular substandard and disaster-prone motor yacht called the ‘Passing Fancy’ that I joined in Belgium and delivered to Cannes via the Belgium and French canals. The mishaps that we endured are almost unbelievable for a brand new vessel. It all began on the first day we left the safety of the port when both rudders snapped off in the North Sea leaving me with no steerage. I then spent the summer season cruising the Western Mediterranean with charterers. One of my crew members was almost shot. Another was an oversexed female who had a miscarriage in her cabin. I found myself adrift in a boat with no power and my only survival tactic was to make it to the base of a cliff and scale the heights to a lighthouse at night. We suffered the second worst sea passage I’d had in my 20 plus years as a mariner. One group of six charterers opened my eyes wider than they’d ever been opened before. I was no prude but their antics were singularly deviant whilst we were anchored offshore of a nudist colony and there was much more.
As I was writing this book, it was suggested to me that I include a resumé of my errant childhood on a council estate and my years working on Thames steam tugs. I joined Ship Towage Ltd when I was 15 years old in my native Gravesend as cook progressing to junior deckhand aboard the Atlantic Cock and then as senior deckhand on the company’s latest diesel tug, Moorcock. I have tried to capture the essence of life aboard with the tough, hard working tugmen, the ever present potential dangers, the long hours working through the days and nights in the open air, what those days were like for a young boy in that hard environment and the joys of living through the swinging sixties and the “make love not war” attitude.