Dick Hull the author, served in the United States Navy from 1938 to 1945. During that time he drew numerous cartoons to give his shipmates a laugh and occasionally one about the officers, trying not to loose a rating or two.
Most of those cartoons are long gone with time. Those bits and piece that did survive have been put into this book with some comments and antidotes.
Dick Hull has been a boater most of his 89 years. At age thirteen he traded his mother's portable phonograph for a forty year old sixteen foot skiff. With a 3HP outboard motor, he and his buddies roamed Puget Sound, camping on the beaches and sneaking aboard the old square rigged sailing ships. Enlisting with the Navy in 1938 he later became a boatswain mate aboard a sub chaser but ended his naval career after spending months recuperating from a naval airplane crash. In 1958 the Hull family relocated to Hawaii were they lived for 21 years, While there, Dick became known for his scrimshaw and marine art work. Many of his pieces were created while Dick and his family owned and lived aboard the old historic 50 foot yacht Fugitive. After retirement, Char and Dick Hull returned to the Mainland where they built a home on Whidbey Island over looking the waters of Puget Sound. Once again they became ardent boaters and Dick continued to do cartooning and marine art work.
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