My Name is Frank: A merchant seaman talks

Frank Laskier

Frank Laskier was born 1912 and lived his early years in the suburbs of Liverpool. As a teenager, Frank was an avid reader of Conrad and Masefield and had a romantic view of the “call of the sea”. One day he decided to lie about his age and run away from home aboard a ship destined for Australia.

Laskier worked on many ships in the merchant navy and it was his experiences during the Second World War that brought him to the attention of the BBC. Frank was asked to broadcast a number of talks on his experiences. This book is a transcript of those radio talks first published in 1941.

Through this authentic voice of an ordinary man – not a historian, or a politician, or a great admiral – but an ordinary man, we can be reminded of the importance, bravery and sacrifice of the merchant navy in keeping Britain supplied during the Second World War.

From the 1941 cover:

We are proud to announce this book by Frank Laskier, “a sailor, an Englishman,” the merchant seaman who gave the ever-memorable postscript after the BBC news on the first Sunday in October.

The millions of listeners who heard that deeply moving voice will welcome an opportunity to read many more stories of the war at sea, which Laskier tells with the incomparable vividness of simple truth, and which made him a great broadcast speaker overnight.

Laskier sounds, too, the note of victory that will bring a universal response—“Remember what we have been through; remember what we’re going through; and fight and fight, and never, never, never, give in!”

The publisher of this new edition has included an introduction and explanatory footnotes, as well as an appendix listing the ships mentioned in the book along with their descriptions.

234mm × 156mm; 72 pages

Paperback 978-1-910146-47-7

Publication: 1 March 2021. 

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