Harbor of Refuge: Being the Recreation of Four Seasons on an Offshore Lighthouse from the Authentic Journal of S. P. Jones, S. N.

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In this salty, maritime classic, Stephen Jones describes a youthful year spent at a lighthouse. The passage of four seasons brings hilarious, touching, somber, and terrifying adventures. The tower and its assorted keepers, each in his way, are assaulted by vessels run amok, by boozy and lascivious fishermen, by birds, fogs, fantasies, and the looming specter of a storm. First published in 1981, it is reissued with a new introduction by the author.

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6 x 9 trim. 32 illus. LC 00-107771

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"Harbor of Refuge Light enjoyed random supervision, decrepit equipment, uncertain supplies, a cracked foundation, and a history that inspired no confidence in the young seaman . . . There must have been dull stretches at the light, but Mr. Jones has considerately dropped them overboard. He has retained fine descriptions, zanily disjointed conversations, mechanical crises, and wrecks. His account of the great March gale is superb in its eerie mix of practical action and suppressed terror. His report on the sea gulls in the water tank is outrageously, roaringly, paralyzingly funny." -- Atlantic

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