Book Review-‘Trading by the Wind: Sea diaries 1919–1923’ by G. Wicksteed, edited by B. Tyler

By Frank Scott, published December 2020


Godfrey Wicksteed (1899–1997) came from a prominent dissenting family with Quaker connections, so it is no surprise that he became a conscientious objector in the First World War, though taking the option of enlisting in what was still the Merchant Service was not common. There his service was as deck boy and ordinary seaman with Union Castle. Post-war he took the tough option of electing to qualify for a full sail certificate (three years sail sea time), rather than going for the simpler sail endorsement (one year), thus effectively throwing away his time in steam…

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