James Greene was born in Fleetwood in 1938. He left school at 15 and joined Boston Deep Sea Fishing Co. as a deckhand learner, moving to Grimsby in 1953. At the age of 22 he achieved his lifelong ambition and passed his skipper's ticket. When the fishing industry collapsed he became master of a supply vessel until a heart attack ended his sea career. When he was working as a tour guide at the Grimsby Heritage Centre many people suggested he should record his experiences, which is why he penned this book.