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Wonderfully written piece by former mariner turned PR man and novelist, John Guy, on the time a ship on which he was second mate docked at an Iranian port on the eve that next day saw the Shah deposed and the ascent of Ayatollah Khomeini. An evocative description of life as a seafarer before containers took hold, “we were expecting to sail in about three weeks’ time”, which turned into several months as revolution rocked Iran, causing more than one hairy moment for the stranded crew.

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