Graham Danton commenced his seafaring career in 1946 on the training ship HMS Worcester, afterwards serving with the Port Line to Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Africa, West Indies and the Fiji Islands. He obtained the Extra Master Mariner's Certificate in 1957, gaining the year's highest marks in the examination. For this he was awarded a Royal Society of Arts Silver Medal and also the Griffiths Award by the Merchant Navy and Airline Officers' Association. For many years he was Senior Lecturer in Seamanship, Cargo Carriage and Ship Maintenance at Plymouth Polytechnic, since renamed Plymouth University. Though retired, he is now a newspaper columnist and broadcasts for BBC radio.
'This book is intended primarily for candidates for Board of Trade certificates of competency but such is the detail that while being equally suitable for the beginner, it is also a reference work for experienced seamen, and the layout and style of text make it suitable for correspondence course work where practical experience can be allied to the theoretical approach. All facets of seamanship from the anchor to damage control are dealt with and the chapters on practical ship handling, stranding and beaching, towing, emergencies and the safety of navigation are particularly noteworthy. This book is an excellent and responsible contribution to the nautical field and must have a tremendous appeal to all grades of seamen.' Seafarer