These incredible memoirs began in 1899 by 15-year-old Gaither Stevens soon after he joined the Navy as an Apprentice Boy. It was a different world and a different Navy. His extraordinary experiences were captured in a typed manuscript kept safe and unpublished until now. In these writings, you’ll find adventures of a lifetime highlighting encounters with a grizzly bear, bar fights, a train robbery, murder, boxing, fiestas, abduction as a sex slave, turtle races, wild shipmates, an Eskimo prostitute, and other savory scenes. Gaither’s chronicles of fellow “blue-jackets” and places he visited are wonderous, humorous, and heart-warming. This wild rollercoaster reveals life in a nearly forgotten time that produced some of the Navy’s finest men.
About the Author
Terrie Biggs has been writing creative non-fiction for years. Terrie resides in La Grande, Oregon, with her husband Dan. Their children are adults. She has a lifetime passion for kitchen design, and owns her own business. This book is her grandfather's memoir which she edited and presented his unpublished manuscript.