Tales from the Wheelhouse

Adventures Aboard the Denali

by Gary Gorss



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/27/2003

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 138
ISBN : 9781553950615

About the Book

A humorous short story about an adventure undertaken in Alaska on board a 200-foot processing ship where, among the endless hours of work and no sleep, two deckhands still found time to play tricks on some unsuspecting crew, making their summer on board the Denali a job they would never forget.

Climb aboard via the Jacob's ladder and watch from the sidelines as mischievous pranks unfold to the chagrin of unsuspecting crewmembers. From the tales of the chain-locker beast, to a search for the elusive mail buoy, Tales from the Wheelhouse: Adventures Aboard the Denali will provide a delightful and hilarious look at the long hours of hard work and the many pranks that were pulled while living aboard a ship such as that.

"You are confined to a two hundred by seventy foot, four-story area with only your shipmates to keep you company.... and that can be an ugly picture sometimes."

Living and working aboard ship was grueling, but the greatest part of the entire time that they were captive on board, Gary and the other deckhand (the Wookie) each now had an accomplice to work things out easier. The more schemes and tricks one or the other could come up with.... the better.

About the Author

Gary Gorss was born and raised in Los Angeles where he first started fishing out of Santa Monica at age twelve. In 1970 he moved to Neah Bay, Washington where he lived with his aunt and uncle. All through high school he continued to work as a deckhand on charter and commercial boats. At the age of fourteen Gary bought and fished a small commercial troller and fished off the coast of Washington for several years.

He has been a licensed captain since 1980 having worked and fished in Washington and Alaska. At present, he and his wife Serena live in Port Angeles, Washington where he still captains a charter boat each year out of Neah Bay for halibut.