Introduction: How It Used to Be Map Greenhorn Moving Up Steering by the Stars Never Forget the Woodrush Wrong Side of the Buoy Me? A Tugboat Captain? Are You Trying to Kill Us? Across the Border November 10, 1975 Aboard the Heimbecker My First Ship as Captain The Longest Trip New Captain, Old Ship, November Gales A Short Toot Silent Night Shore Leaves S.S. Judith M. Pierson Beating the Storm Make Love to That North Shore Becoming a Willowglen-er Relief Captain Full Astern The Anchor The Cadet First in Port, Twice in a Year Time to Let Go the Anchor Glossary Nautical Directions Ask the Captain Captain Metz's Ships Ranks Aboard Great Lakes Vessels About the Author
After only ten years driving truck, Captain Richard Metz was drawn to the Great Lakes. He had always enjoyed watching the boats and ships moving seemingly effortlessly on the water going places he could only dream. With very little encouragement, Capt. Metz decided to try for a job working on the Great Lakes ships. He started working on the boats in 1964 as a deckhand. He knew right away that life aboard a laker was what he wanted to do all the rest of his life. He worked his way through the ranks to become a Great Lakes Sea Captain in 1980. Captain Metz enjoyed every minute of his career and continues to enjoy remembering and writing about his life on the lakes, even today. In 2003, Capt. Metz wrote his first book, Sea Stories. That book talked about his experiences in a clear and conversational manner offering his fascinating insight into the world of Great Lakes shipping. Capt. Metz's second book, Life Aboard a Laker from 1964 to 1999, followed in this same vein, detailing the start of his career through his different positions on lakers, his studies, and what his choice of career meant to him. This book expands on Capt. Metz's previous work, and includes additional stories, full-color photos, and a question-and-answer session with Capt. Metz.