Cover image for When God was an atheist sailor : memories of a childhood at sea, 1902-1910
When God was an atheist sailor : memories of a childhood at sea, 1902-1910
Cogill, Burgess.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 1990.
Physical Description:
190 pages : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Personal Subject:
Corporate Subject:
Subject Term:
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
G540 .C6652 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

On Order

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

At 87, Cogill offers a memoir of her childhood, telling of her first eight years spent aboard her father's lumber schooner; he was a roughshod captain who plied the seas from the American Northwest to South America. In this charming evocation of a seagoing Victorian family, the author and her sister make ``mud'' pies with flour from the galley; they sit in the ship's carpentry shop and collect wood curls. On birthdays, the Japanese cook bakes the children's favorite mince pie. The captain was an exacting disciplinarian with the crew, a softie with his daughters; the author's mother educated them and, when necessary, reined them in. In an epilogue, Burgess ends her lighthearted story on a somber note with her father's death in 1938 from what was likely murder. Photos not seen by PW. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

A memoir of life at sea through the eyes of an 87-year-old woman who spent her first eight years on her father's sailing ship. While revealing interesting details of daily ship routine, the rambling style leaves the reader adrift with an open-ended finish that raises more questions than it answers. Although similar to Joe Soucheray's Waterline: Of Fathers, Sons, and Boats ( LJ 9/15/89) in that both use a relationship with a father, this does not have the same impact. Not a necessary purchase.-- Harold N. Boyer, Marple P.L., Broomall, Pa. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.