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In those first three books that span a period of about two years, we follow the early years of Ishmael Wang serving aboard the Lois McKendrick , a clipper that travels between systems delivering cargo and making a profit.
As Ishmael works and learns, gains the respect of the officers and crew of the Lois , and at the urging of almost everyone, decides to attend the Academy to train to become an officer himself. The events of this book take place between May 22, and November 26, Almost immediately after graduating from the academy, and after a leisurely trip to the Diurnia Orbital space station, Ishmael prepares to begin his first appointment as an officer for the Diurnia Salvage and Transport company.
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His first assignment as a third officer is aboard the William Tinker , commanded by Captain Rossett. Ishmael soon learns that the ship he has been assigned to is nothing like the Lois. What he actually finds aboard can only be described as appalling. First, he notices that there is a strange odor on the ship, then he learns that the food and coffee is less than desirable. As time goes on, he also finds that the ship has been poorly maintained and that there seems to be very low morale amongst the crew, which consists of all women with the exception of himself, the Captain and a very crude First Mate named Burnside, and a couple of other thuggish characters.
As Ishmael sets about doing his best to improve conditions on the ship, he finds that he is being fought every step of the way. Morale improves, but Ishmael pays a cost for every improvement he makes on his one-man crusade to make the Tinker a better place to live and work.
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During his time on the Tinker, Ishmael makes some friends, but he also makes enemies that threaten his very life. However, in the end, it is the crew of the ship that wins as the owner hired Ishmael specifically to clean up the ship and help him get rid of the undesirable captain and first mate. The events of this book take place between August 22, and September 13, He is also married. On their way back into port, the ship gets a report that there is a derelict ship that is causing a navigations hazard and the crew of the Tinker takes on the task of investigating the situation.
Ishmael goes on board and finds the entire crew dead and takes command of the derelict. They guide the ship back to the orbital and Ishmael soon learns that he is to be a captain and will be getting his own ship.
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While in port, Ishmael goes to his apartment and spends time with his wife, but when he informs her that he is to become captain and that he will be shipping out again soon, an argument breaks out. This has become a regular pattern in his relationship. Later, when he learns about the ship he will be commanding, his wife seems to have a change of heart and is happy that he will be captain of his own ship. Ishmael takes command of the Agamemnon , which has the reputation for being the worst ship in the fleet for many reasons.
As he assumes command, he uses his usual charm and people skills to get his ship in shape for business. He promptly begins divorce proceedings.
crotcoumocinira.tk So Ishmael gathers his crew and sets sail for the Deep Dark once again. The events of this book take place between December 10, and January 1, Ishmael has managed to turn the Agamemnon around and has made it a profitable ship. He served in the USCG from to , seeing duty aboard a cutter on hurricane patrol in the North Atlantic and at a communications station in Kodiak, Alaska.
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