Captain Rob Anderson spills the beans on a lifetime of incidents, accidents and shenanigans of every type, in every ocean of the world, during an era when the seas were largely unregulated and more like the Wild West than anything witnessed on land.
Since he first went to sea at 15 Captain Rob has been a magnet for trouble but, somewhat preposterously, as matter, he has more often been the one responsible for keeping each enterprise afloat and picking up the pieces when the ships hit the fan.
Whether it’s stashing a headless body in the freezer, losing another body before a sea burial, accidentally sabotaging the annual Roebuck Bay Hotel Race in Broome, nearly losing his scrotum in a Japanese spa, or catapulting a mate off the roof of his truck when racing from the dock for last orders…it was all part of the job for Captain Rob. No wonder, when it eventually came time to ‘swallow the anchor’ he got as far inland as he practically could!
About the Author
Anderson first went to sea as a deck apprentice in British flag ships when he was 15. After many years serving around the world as an Officer in general cargo, container, salvage, and passenger ships he gained his first command of a Foreign-going ship at age 29, one of the youngest in Australia.
He served for 40 years as Master (Class 1, unlimited) in a wide range of ships including ro-ro vessels, oil rigs and specialised diving-support ships. Captain Anderson also gained a license as a Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait Marine Pilot piloting a wide range of ships of every size and shape in the Reef for 12 years, before again returning to sea as an Unlimited DP Master.
He has also held a Private Pilot (Aeroplane) License for more than 30 years and has lectured part-time over 10 years proudly helping nearly 400 seafarers gain their Master 4 Certificates. These days he lives on a small farm, rides high performance motorcycles and works part-time as a pole-dancer in a gay nightclub. When the Ship Hits the Fan is his first book.