The descriptive data in this book, first published in 1989, were obtained from participant observation and interviews with merchant seaman current and retired. In addition there is reprinted a complete set of the laws relating to American seaman between 1918-1970. Together they provide a comprehensive understanding of the historical events surrounding the American merchant seaman, the creation of maritime policy, and the policy itself.

chapter 1|16 pages

An Historical View of U.S. Maritime Policy

chapter 2|14 pages

Conflict within the Industry

chapter 3|18 pages

The Marginal Lifestyle of the Seaman

chapter 4|12 pages

The Stigmatized Occupation

chapter 5|10 pages

Sea Daddy: A Look at a Vanishing Breed

chapter 6|12 pages

The Changing Marine Engineer