At 87, Cogill offers a memoir of her childhood, telling of her first eight years spent aboard her father's lumber schooner; he was a roughshod captain who plied the seas from the American Northwest to South America. In this charming evocation of a seagoing Victorian family, the author and her sister make ``mud'' pies with flour from the galley; they sit in the ship's carpentry shop and collect wood curls. On birthdays, the Japanese cook bakes the children's favorite mince pie. The captain was an exacting disciplinarian with the crew, a softie with his daughters; the author's mother educated them and, when necessary, reined them in. In an epilogue, Burgess ends her lighthearted story on a somber note with her father's death in 1938 from what was likely murder. Photos not seen by PW. (Jan.)
A memoir of life at sea through the eyes of an 87-year-old woman who spent her first eight years on her father's sailing ship. While revealing interesting details of daily ship routine, the rambling style leaves the reader adrift with an open-ended finish that raises more questions than it answers. Although similar to Joe Soucheray's Waterline: Of Fathers, Sons, and Boats ( LJ 9/15/89) in that both use a relationship with a father, this does not have the same impact. Not a necessary purchase.-- Harold N. Boyer, Marple P.L., Broomall, Pa.