A Commodore of Errors

A Commodore of Errors

by John Jacobsen
     
 

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Commodore Thomas Dickey, the pompous second in command at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, desperately wants the top job, presently occupied by the skirt chasing Admiral Johnson. Dickey goes into cahoots with Mogie Mogelefsky, the imperious, bullying mayor of neighboring Great Neck to oust Johnson. When they succeed in exposing him in yet another

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Commodore Thomas Dickey, the pompous second in command at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, desperately wants the top job, presently occupied by the skirt chasing Admiral Johnson. Dickey goes into cahoots with Mogie Mogelefsky, the imperious, bullying mayor of neighboring Great Neck to oust Johnson. When they succeed in exposing him in yet another peccadillo, Mogie suddenly reneges on their deal. Mogie is tired of dealing with the WASPs at the Academy and declares he wants a Jew instead.

The Commodore is quick to point out that the Academy’s by-laws require the Superintendent to have sea-going experience and that, unfortunately, it will be next to impossible to find a Jewish captain. Enter Mrs. Tannenbaume. Her sonny boy is captain of a ship, coincidentally! But Mrs. Tannenbaume has spent her entire life proclaiming it’s Tannenbaume with an E, and that she’s not Jewish. Oy.

Although the Commodore secretly plans to expose Captain Tannenbaume as a Gentile in the end, Mrs. Tannenbaume joins her son’s ship in Singapore to teach him and his new bride, a nineteen year-old Thai bar girl, to be the perfect Jewish couple. The crew on the M. V. God is Able have never seen the likes of Mrs. Tannenbaume before and they sit back and watch as she “takes the conn” from her son and everyone else who stands in her way.

A Commodore of Errors is a bawdy, sea-going romp full of lively oddballs and convoluted plot twists in the P. G. Wodehouse vein.

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“A dash of Catch-22, a smidgen of The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, and a pinch of HMS Pinafore spice up this wildly original comic concoction that you’ll savor from start to finish.” —Steven D. Price, editor of 1001 Funniest Things Ever Said

“A ribald, and rollicking debut—does for the Merchant Marine what the Keystone Kops did for the police department.” —Laurence Shames, author of Florida Straits and Tropical Depression

"Jacobsen has written the sea (and land) story that all mariners have inside of them—based in fact, embellished with every telling, and ultimately delivering a message." —Captain Carolyn J. Kurtz, master mariner and harbor pilot

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611453386
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
10/05/2011
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

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Meet the Author

Captain John Jacobsen, a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, spent fifteen years plying the world’s oceans as a ship’s officer on cargo and passenger vessels. Today,
Jacobsen is a harbor pilot in the Port of Miami and the chairman of the Biscayne Bay Pilots. His notes and diaries over the years inform his writing. He lives in Miami, Florida.

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