111 Days by Ross James

111 Days by Ross James describes life on a trawler during a stormy North Atlantic winter.

The trip began one October night in 2001. In the utter darkness of the high seas, I transferred from a fishery patrol ship to a rusty old trawler more than 200 miles from land, somewhere on Newfoundland’s Grand Banks. All I had by way of a handover was a note from my predecessor warning of a recent traumatic death on board the ship and his suspicions about the vessel fishing illegally.

I was fresh out of university and this was my first ‘proper job’ – a scientific fisheries observer, whatever that meant. Leaving my home and family back in Cornwall, I had no real clue what I was getting myself into, but I was thirsty for adventure. Alone, inexperienced and out of my depth, this is my diary; 111 Days, involving decapitation, hurricanes, mutiny and a dog named Pirate.


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Ross James

Ross James grew up on the north Cornish coast and now lives in the Falkland Islands with his wife and children. Obsessed by the sea and the things that live in it, his first book, ‘111 Days – Tales of a Fisheries Observer’, is a firsthand account of life on a trawler.

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