London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) July 18, 2008 -- Degraded, downtrodden and misunderstood for having a speech impediment, John Newbury was humiliated by his school teacher and then told by the Navy Doctor that there would be no place for him in the Navy. Determined to prove them wrong, Newbury set sail from Toxteth Dock on the Maltasian on what was to be the beginning of a lifetime at sea.
Making and losing friends, witnessing incredible scenes and travelling across the face of the globe, Newbury was able to work his way up from his starting point as an apprentice to become Captain of several cable-laying ships. Each port that he visited carries its own unique and delightful story and Newbury is not reticent with the details of even the most gruesome of shipping accidents. Even the small details are recalled with Newbury as attentive to detail when describing the purchase of a new pair of trousers from an East London shop as he is when describing having his photograph taken with footballers in St.Helena. His pure honesty and the wonderful descriptions of his experiences make this a powerful and enjoyable book.
The reader gains a real sense of life at sea and this is testament to the memory and story-telling capabilities of Captain Newbury. At times the book is similar to his own personal diary and it is a privilege to be privy to some of his most private experiences and thoughts.
Intelligent, informative and captivating, 'The Apprentice Who Stuttered' never ceases to entertain and should be considered as one of the very best accounts of life at sea in the twentieth century.