Seaworthy: A Swordboat Captain Returns to the Sea

Seaworthy: A Swordboat Captain Returns to the Sea

by Linda Greenlaw

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The bestselling author's sequel to The Hungry Ocean--a fast-paced account of her return to swordfishing

Linda Greenlaw hadn't been bluewater fishing for ten years- not since the events chronicled in the books The Perfect Storm and The Hungry Ocean-but when her lobster traps aren't paying off, her truck is on its last gasp, and the bills are piling up, she decides to take a friend up on his offer and captain a boat for a season of swordfishing. A decade older, and with family responsibilities, she's a different person heading out to sea, but any reluctance is quickly tempered by the magnetic lure of adventure. And the adventures begin almost immediately: The ship turns out to be rusty and ancient, and even with a crew of four Greenlaw is faced with technical challenges. There are the expected complexities of longline fishing and the nuances of reading the weather. Her greatest challenge, however, comes when the boat's lines inadvertently drift into Canadian waters and Greenlaw is thrown in jail.

Capturing the moment-by-moment details of her journey, Greenlaw tells a story about human nature and the nature around us, about learning what can be controlled and when to let fate step in. Seaworthy is a compelling narrative about a person setting her own terms and finding her true self between land and water.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101434710
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 285,438
File size: 710 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Linda Greenlaw, America’s only female swordfish boat captain, was featured in the book and film The Perfect Storm. She has written three New York Times bestselling nonfiction books about life as a commercial fisherman as well as a cookbook and two mysteries. She lives on Isle au Haut, off the coast of Maine.






Isle au Haut, Maine

Place of Birth:

Stamford, Connecticut


B.A., Colby College, 1983

What People are Saying About This

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Praise for The Hungry Ocean

"Anyone who loves the sea will love this book."
-Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm

"A beautiful book...A story of triumph, of a woman not only making it but succeeding at the highest level in one of the most male-dominated and most dangerous professions."
-Douglas Whynott, The New York Times Book Review

Praise for The Lobster Chronicles

"These true, interwoven stories of island life and lobstering are as engaging and uncommon as [Greenlaw's] adventures at sea."
-Boston Magazine

"Captivating reading: satisfying as a Maine lobster dinner."

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Seaworthy: A Swordboat Captain Returns to the Sea 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
SAHARATEA More than 1 year ago
"Darkness waded in cautiously and headed west. Hesitating waist-deep, then plunging into the murky chill, the diving night splashed light onto the opposite horizon, which swam like spawning salmon up the riverlike sky. The sun hated as if it were a baby chick, pecking from within the shell until fully risen, yellow and warm, and as unsure as I was...after all, the sun starts anew every day. This could well be my last chance...and I would make the most of it." Linda Greenlaw's latest book, Seaworthy, is the story of a female Swordboat captain. I saw the title and thought, "a woman captaining a boat" and "swordfish"? How interesting could that be? But her picture on the cover looks like a capable outgoing woman with an engaging smile and, being a capable outgoing woman with an engaging smile myself, I decided to check this out . It had been ten years since Linda's last swordfishing endeavor, and she was eager to immerse herself in life at sea reliving good memories, but also apprehensive that her body might not be up to the strenuous effort involved. She picked her crew of four (to whom the book is dedicated) and found herself aboard a rusty bucket called the Seahawk. Whenever anything broke down, which occurred almost daily, the crew called it the S***hawk behind her back. "How many times did I hear Tim say, 'It's fixed. I think we're okay now'? His words soon became known as the kiss of death, in the few moments that we relaxed, we sat and waited for the next thing to break, leak, or malfunction...I didn't have the energy to fly off the handle." "Fortunately, when things are incredibly bad at sea, humor reigns. I was thankful and relieved to hear the men joking appeared I had a crew full of class clowns. They kept working and laughing." This is an engrossing account of that trip which found her towed into Sambro, Nova Scotia for engine work before they even reached the fishing area. Soon after, having set out her first thirty-mile set of 800 hooks, she was arrested, handcuffed, and then taken before a judge in St John, Newfoundland for inadvertantly fishing Canadian waters. In retrospect, Linda realizes that there is a difference in her thinkings as a young person and now as one who is older; there are things we can fight and change and other things we just have to suck up and endure. "...I steered the Seahawk through the sheer-faced cliffs that protect the port...I stared down Newfoundland. Not blinking was, for me, a small yet palpable victory in a sea of seeming random defeats." I enjoyed Linda's descriptions of the fishing; putting out beepers and lines, and not pulling the thirty-mile line toward them but rather moving the boat forward slowly to keep pace with the men hauling in the lines. The reader is right there with her as she checks the weather, the water temperature (swordfish like it cold), and the ocean currents that converge for the best fishing. Reading this felt like I was on a vacation to a place I had never visited before. Greenlaw's name may be familiar, as she also wrote The Hungry Ocean and The Lobster Chronicles.
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mazeway on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Almost unreadable. I found it badly written and the tale largely uninteresting. I enjoy a sea-farin' tale of adventure, but this just was not good. She mentions her age and the size of her shipmates so often it could have been a drinking game. The story itself is so un-engaging that had it not been a book club book, I'd have discarded it after 3 chapters. I wanted to like it, but it just annoyed me.
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Although I enjoyed reading this book, I thought Ms Greenlaw very over the top in her attempt to create a warrior man/woman against the beast experience. She is a commercial long line Captain of a fishing boat. She harvests majestic fish for human consumption. She takes the time to make note that harpooning fish is the really exciting part of commercial long lining. Her attempt to correlate monogamous creatures following there mates that have been hooked with suicide was ridiculous. I can fully appreciate that there exist a large portion of our society that really digs sport hunting and fishing. But tales of commercial Harvesting..Hey I'm the knucklehead that bought the book.
HollowellTheForgottenRoom More than 1 year ago
It's fascinating to relive the TV moments from "Swords" through the eyes of Captain Linda Greenlaw. In her latest memoir, she tells of the endless string of sharks, the green wave that almost sent a man overboard, and her time in jail for accidentally fishing in Canadian waters. Greenlaw and her able crew make the most of a boat that is cursed with shoddy equipment and mechanical failures. While she doesn't win the swordfishing competition, this time, she hits home with her eloquent memoir. No one can spin a maritime tale as brilliantly as Greenlaw, a Colby College English major and lifetime fisherman, and her passion, courage, and determination are apparent in every word.
gwazdos More than 1 year ago
6-7-2010 I have read all of the books Linda Greenlaw has written. Not being a person of in depth knowledge of the profession of Sword fishing etc i still read on. My suggestion that would have made the book even better would be to have included pictures of the vessel, pictures of taking fish on board etc. A lot of the terminology and language used would not of been understandable to the average reader, but understandable to a person more closley related to the proffesion of fishing and working with people related to fishing. i guess what i am attempting to say is that pictures would have made a lot of the language more understandable to the average reader, make sense I hope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry but $18.99 for a Nook book?? Never going to spend that on a Nook book - a hardbound maybe but a digital book? Are they retarded?