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Marinus Harinxma komt in de crisisjaren bij toeval als stuurmansleerling terecht op een sleepboot, waar hij van een naïeve jongen uitgroeit tot een cynische geweldenaar die zijn vak beheerst en de zeeën kent als zijn broekzak.Aan het begin van de Tweede Wereldoorlog wordt hij schipper op de grootste sleepboot die ooit is gebouwd. Met deze boot wordt hij ingezet op de gevaaMarinus Harinxma komt in de crisisjaren bij toeval als stuurmansleerling terecht op een sleepboot, waar hij van een naïeve jongen uitgroeit tot een cynische geweldenaar die zijn vak beheerst en de zeeën kent als zijn broekzak.Aan het begin van de Tweede Wereldoorlog wordt hij schipper op de grootste sleepboot die ooit is gebouwd. Met deze boot wordt hij ingezet op de gevaarlijke en gevreesde konvooiroute naar Moermansk.Met een onervaren bemanning moet Harinxma het hoofd bieden aan de elementen en de vijand, die beide op de loer liggen om in een onbewaakt ogenblik toe te slaan. Terwijl een van zijn officieren, Richard Tyler, zich druk maakt over de 'morele zelfmoord' die de oorlog voor hem betekent, moet Harinxma proberen zijn schip en bemanning heelhuids door de gevaren heen te loodsen. Het is het gevecht van één man, waarbij lafheid, angst en eigenbelang overwonnen moeten worden om een taak te vervullen die als heldendaad de geschiedenis in zal gaan....

Title : De Kapitein
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ISBN : 12996986
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 341 Pages
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De Kapitein Reviews

  • BlackOxford
    2019-01-22 17:43

    Worse Things Happen at SeaA ripping yarn, a wizard adventure. Only Patrick O'Brian holds a candle to Jan de Hartog in authentic tales of the sea. It's the combination of human relations and the relations with the ship itself that does it for me. Men under stress act in interesting ways. And all men on a ship, not just in time of war, are stressed. They live (or did when Captain was written) more or less in conditions of deprivation - of sleep, of palatable food, of basic comforts like showers and silence, and perhaps most importantly, female influence. Working ships like ocean-going tugs, icebreakers, and most military vessels were traditionally designed and built with accommodation for the crew as a last consideration. Crammed between fuel tanks or below-decks equipment into spaces lacking ventilation, hygiene, and ... well space, it is no exaggeration to say that they were treated worse than animals in a zoo. And the conditions only get worse at sea: bobbing like a cork, shuddering and sliding with every wave, pounding over and through ice, wet through with no chance of completely drying out, continuously cold with nothing but cold food and cold, undrinkable coffee. The smell of diesel fumes is one that no one really gets accustomed to. If it really gets rough, everyone is sick, even the old salts. In wartime convoys, people die.And yet men perform their duties. They get up for watch at 3:30 in the morning, stand in the rain or snow and dark for four hours, do their daylight chores and drills, chip paint and paint rust, go back on afternoon watch, then do it again and again. For months on end. None of it very edifying, except at the pen of a master like de Hartog who recognises the stamina, the grit necessary to persevere. And somehow it is the ship, which they simultaneously distrust and love, that allows them to transcend the objective misery of their existence. The ship is a god-like object of faith that mediates their relationships. Its operating, its maintenance, its survival is shared as an existential fact; something that needs no discussion, no explanation or theory. It just is.De Hartog insistently makes the point that the idea of the ship is very different for military and civilian crews, especially on Dutch ocean-going tugs. This difference goes beyond spit-and-polish versus slovenly make-do-and-mend. De Hartog's portrayal of the culture of high seas towing and salvage is clearly based on the old Dutch 'sleepdienst' company L. Smit & Co. Smit became known as the 'vulture of the seas,' as well as the more romantic Hollands Glorie, because it made its money by being the first on scene anywhere in the world to claim salvage rights for vessels in distress. Smit's fleet of huge tugs were strategically placed to offer assistance ... as soon as everyone was off the stricken vessel in order to establish salvage, but not a moment before.Life on Smit tugs wasn't governed by military discipline but by mutual confidence in competence and respect for the ship. But the relationships are more than that of camaraderies among heavy equipment operators. De Hartog plays on the tension between the naval commander of the convoy and the tug captain to great effect. Both their motivations and their methods of command are fundamentally incompatible. Warships are machines run on fear of the consequences of disobedience. Tugs are organic entities powered by a sort of hive-mind which is as delicate as lace. The former operates by rote procedure, the latter by experiential skills. The convoy commander wants to get as many ships as possible to Murmansk. The tug captain wants to get a single ship through the war, his.No glorification of war. No romanticising of life at sea. No sympathy for loneliness and discomfort. Just a stirring tale of quiet persistence.

  • Sandy Graham
    2019-01-18 21:14

    Years ago when my mother moved out of her last house, she cleverly unloaded a considerable collection of books on me. They caused a little family friction at times since one contingent would like to dispose of all we are unlikely to read and another thinks we should keep all we might sometime read. Guess which side I’m on.There are some that truly generate no interest. But then there are surprises, books which don’t hold much promise but turn out great. The latest one we discovered is The Captain. It’s an incredible chronicle of a converted tugboat used to rescue sailors from sunken convoy ships in the North Atlantic in World War II.More important, it is the story of a man’s growth from innocence to fear to terror to cowardice to finally conscience and understanding of the inhumanity of the wanton, mass destruction of human life in modern warfare. The Captain presents a convincing argument for conscientious objection to war.I find it hard to take a position that pacifism is the only answer under all circumstances. Would I willingly submit to Nazi rule or live under Idi Amin, Hussein or any of the other tyrannical dictators who thought nothing of killing innocent people? No. But for me, the need must be a direct threat on what we hold dear, not some politician’s concept of a vague threat to our politics or economy. Those struggles call for constructive, not destructive, action. De Hartog might ask, are we any better than those butchers when we send our citizens out to be killed?This is a book well worth reading.

  • John
    2019-02-09 21:39

    I have always thought of this book as one of my most favorite book! After rereading it for the first time since the 60's I got a fresh perspective on why this particular book struck such a strong cord with me. The story of the young Dutch tug boat Captain on an extremely hazardous trip, acting as a rescue ship for a convoy en-route to Murmamsk. while under almost constant attack form German air and U-Boats. His description of the war action is vivid and compelling and coupled with the struggles that he faces as Captain in gaining the confidence in and authority over his small crew and then coping with the progressive and debilitating fear that he had to deal with makes this book a masterpiece!Jan de Hartog dramatically illustrates the horrors of war and the impact on those seeing humanity at its worst!

  • Eric_W
    2019-01-23 22:31

    One of my all time favorite books.

  • Stephen Devoto
    2019-02-08 23:15

    The story of a very young Dutch sea captain who finds himself at the helm of the world's largest ocean-going tug, escorting a convoy of ships through the hell of war. After attack from U-boots and bombers, ships are sunk, and men are killed. Written in the first person, the captain provides a vivid and personal account why the Allies' fight was a just one. He provides detailed accounts of life on a tug-boat, and recounts the horror of the wanton slaughter and destruction of war. These details don't overwhelm, they provide a framework for a thoughtful and gripping presentation of the mental agony that accompanies war. Each of his men struggles with fear in a different way, and he addresses each of them as best he can. Eventually, he realizes that the symptoms of fear and the symptoms of a rejection of brutality might be hard to distinguish. There are a couple of wartime love stories, some political/military intrigue, it's a great read. de Hartog is a Dutch born writer who was one of my (Dutch immigrant) mother's favorite authors. Here is what she wrote about him, after a visit to Middletown's great library: From there I spent a quality hour-and-a-half in the fabulous public library. There, I was happy to find a novel by one of my favorite authors, Dutch-born Jan de Hartog, a great writer who, persecuted by the Nazi's during World War II, fled to England (and eventually the U.S.A.), and switched from writing powerful Dutch to writing equally powerful English....

  • Joe Rodeck
    2019-02-10 21:43

    The tugboat is a Holland rescue ship on a British convoy up and around the Arctic Circle that goes to Russia on one side and Canada on the other. The first person narrator is the Dutch captain. This is a totally absorbing story with a strong anti-war message. The only winners are the lucky ones who don't get killed.What makes it different and fascinating is its stress on the interpersonal strains between members of the same team, be they subordinates, foreign allies, military shrinks, or the ship designers. It deals with the psychological trauma and soul shattering effects of getting hit by the U-Boats and planes at the same time. Lots of inside stuff, tricks of the trade, keep it interesting throughout. Recommended highly for a leadership academy.

  • Lynn Pribus
    2019-01-29 17:26

    Since my father, named Jan but changed to John as he grew older, was a Dutchman like DeHartog, perhaps I felt a special kinship to this author. I wrote a fan letter to him when he was very old and he kindly inscribed (in trembling hand) a bookplate which I had enclosed to be pasted in my copy of this book.All his sea books are dramatic and many follow the same character as he rises in the ranks of the merchant marine and Dutch Navy (in wartime).A sweet, tough sailor.

  • Rob MacCavett
    2019-02-14 16:39

    Long before this peace loving Quaker author wrote the likes of The Peaceable Kingdom, he had a succession of WWII novels based on his sea-going experiences with The Captain being the most polished. It explores the interactions of men and women under stress–to include the notions of trust and loyalty.

  • Liam
    2019-01-20 16:34

    Really, really good. Well worth the read if only for the descriptions-- which were not overheavy, but very real and nice-- and if not that, then for the emotions. What a story. I loved it. The only caution I would give is for language and content. There is a lot of gore, as well.

  • David Gross
    2019-02-14 20:32

    Griping adventure on the high seas during WWII. The maturation of a young man into the captain of a Dutch deep sea tug pressed into service on the Murmansk run by the British. Action, adventure, and coming of age during a time of brutal events.

  • Bob G. Bernstein
    2019-01-22 20:36

    Jan de Hartog walked the walk and talked the talk. His fictionalized story of a young captain taking over as master of a salvage/escort tug on the Murmansk run during WWII is the perfect blend of drama, angst, horror, tragedy and seafaring lore. I highly recommend this book and its sequels.

  • Mark Luongo
    2019-02-10 21:36

    An anti-war work told by the fictitious Dutch captain of an ocean-going tug on the Murmansk run during World War II. It drags in some places but the "sea story" is good in portraying the gauntlet of German subs and aircraft that convoys had to run in order to deliver the goods.

  • Greg
    2019-02-14 19:31

    It started off as a simple nautical tale of a man who is swept up into the 2nd World War, and then surprisingly turns into an examination of the morality of war.

  • Sandy
    2019-01-24 00:31

    So many years ago can't review...but love everything by this author

  • Alan
    2019-01-17 17:43

    This is the third or fourth time I read this in as many decades. It's still excellent.

  • Edwin Kort
    2019-02-03 00:29

    boek is feitelijk een bewerking van het boek "Mary".

  • David
    2019-01-25 22:25

    Tale of Dutch captain of a sea-going tugboat on convoy duty during WW II, including the dangerous Murmansk run. Interesting but runs out of gas -- too much trivia about psychology. And long, too: 434 pages.