The extraordinary story of the 14 merchant ships trapped in the Suez Canal at the start of the Six-Day War in June 1967. I launched this book in June 2017 at the 50-year anniversary reunion of the former seafarers who were on the stranded ships.
I knew about the six-days-war. But only when I heard the podcast on 99% invisible and read your great book, I began to understand the whole astonishing story. Thanks for writing the book and putting so much historical investigation effort and detail work into it. (December 2020)
I just wanted to say that the second book arrived promptly and I was able to give it to my Dad for his birthday who 'skimmed it, looked at the pictures, read a couple of chapters and is now reading it cover to cover'. That may seem like a very unorthodox way to read, but I can tell you confidently that means he is a big fan. (November 2020)
I certainly loved your telling the story in such an easy style particularly with regard to how the event impacted on world trading etc. The print and paper quality superb. I will treasure it. I also note you have published an extraordinary number of children's books. Amazing. (April 2020)
Many thanks for the copy of Stranded in the Six-Day War purchased from you recently. As a long-term collector of GBLA stamps and memorabilia I found this absolutely fascinating and could not put it down. Having read Brian Macmanus”s book also, it filled in a lot of empty spaces for me. I have one of the largest collections of GBLA stamps in England. I really enjoyed it. (November 2019)
A truly brilliant account of the harmonization of cultures to enable group survival in the most awkward of conditions. Wonderfully told, wonderfully presented, in language all can understand (Amazon UK, July 2018)
One of the benefits of being an historian is the opportunity to tell the stories of those on the margin of events who are usually ignored and forgotten and give them a place in the larger picture. Cath Senker has performed this service magnificently. The fact that fourteen merchant ships were trapped in the Suez Canal between June 1967 and June 1975 seemed destined to be just a footnote in the histories of this most intractable of conflicts but the author has rescued a collection of unpublished material and other ephemera and given it some permanence. (former seafarer, June 2018)
This book is a wonderful account of merchant seafarers’ cooperation and formation of a community despite the national and political divides of the Cold War; all while the major players in the Cold War used the Israeli/Palestinian/Arab conflict as a football in their ideological/ political ‘game’. A timely addition to your background reading if interested in the on-going problems for all concerned in the Middle East. (April 2018)
Captain A. W. Kinghorn
I read your whole book yesterday, until quite late into the night, totally absorbed. You've certainly put your heart into it. I learned a lot from it which I previously didn't know, especially about the early days. Well done Cath! (August 2017, Chief Officer, Scottish Star, 1968 and author of Before the Box Boats, 1983)
I’ve now read your book Stranded in the 6 day war. It’s superb; you should be congratulated on what you’ve done and you must be proud of the results. (June 2017, Chief Officer, Port Invercargill, 1967–68)
I have long waited for a book about those trapped ships. Now it has arrived! (June 2017)
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