“On The Hard Wind” an autobiography by Russ Hofvendahl. When he was 15, the late 1930’s in San Francisco, he got the wild hair to skip school, and hire onto a merchant ship and visit ports around the world for a better education. He lied about his age, hired on without taking the time to discover the ship or its itinerary. Turns out it had no ports of call…S.F. 5 months at sea, back to S.F. It turned out to be the last of the old wooden large 4 mast sailing fishing vessels going to the Bering Sea to fish for Cod. He left a boy and returned a man….to say the least….he kept a diary and learned a hard life from hard people plus the experience of the last of the large 1890’s sailing ships.