An exciting sailing narrative evoking a vivid picture of Bob Robert's time in the Thames sailing barge Cambria. In this book he introduces some of the colourful characters that he met over the years in those trading days. Then he became part owner of the Whitstable fishing vessel Quartette and made passage to Rio de Janeiro encountering various adventures on the voyage. Quartette was sold in Port of Spain and Bob, out of funds, was employed as mate in a rum schooner. He returned to continue carrying cargoes be barge with the rigours of the 'big freeze' in 1963.