BOOK REVIEW | The Propeller Keeps Turning

While still only in manuscript form, I found this book to be delightfully fascinating. It is available in electronic format direct from its author.

What a life! From an unsettled and not very motivated Irish schoolboy to a globally operating master mariner, harbour master of a large and busy port and maritime academic, he’s been just about everywhere and seen nearly everything in the maritime world.

However, Captain Gavin hasn’t just been everywhere and seen everything. He has written about his experiences in an engaging, self-deprecating, and fascinating way. His book is a pleasure to read. He also shows clearly that, even in 2023, a maritime career can be very rewarding for a bright and adventurous youngster.

His adventures and experiences built the man. Some were both memorable and important. He, as retired senior leaders often do, may appear somewhat world-weary and cynical, but his comments are all based on solid practical experience. A careful reading of his book would enable a younger reader to skip a lot of the author’s actual experience gathering.

Master mariner autobiographies that used to be plentiful are rather thin on the ground these days. This one, relating so many recent experiences and offering contemporary opinions, is particularly valuable and enjoyable.

Author: Liam Gavin

Available from Captain Liam Gavin, Sydney, Australia.

Email: [email protected]

Neil Baird

Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Baird Maritime and Work Boat World magazine, Neil has travelled the length and breadth of this planet in over 40 years in the business. He knows the global work boat industry better than anyone.