Maritime Writer Robert R. Frump Releases "I Cover the Waterfront" on Kindle

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Maritime Writer Robert R. Frump's new compilation of articles includes pieces on oil tankers, shipbuilding, US Coast Guard ship rescues, the overhaul of the SS Saratoga, tuboats and modern day mutinies. The Summit, New Jersey, author and reporter has covered various parts of the waterfront since 1980.

Maritime Writer Robert R. Frump and Race Point Productions, Inc., have released a compilation of his maritime articles spanning the years 1980 through 2008 in a new book released on Amazon's Kindle publishing service.

The book, "I Covered the Waterfront," includes stories about ports, US Navy shipyards, ship wrecks, US Coast Guard ship rescues, faulty government policies and maritime scams written during the time Frump wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer and later as a freelance author.

"Maritime writing for the general public may seem like a throwback to ancient times," Frump said. "But it is my hope that these stories will remind journalists and readers alike that the 'waterfront' remains an integral, vital and quite fascinating part of our lives."

The book is just under 200 pages long. It is priced at $2.99 -- the lowest Kindle pricing option -- so it is accessible to those interested in maritime affairs, ships, search and rescue or ports in general. It is available on the Amazon web site in the Kindle Store.

"I Cover the Waterfront" is divided into seven parts that cover tugboats, voyages at sea, old rustbuckets in the merchant marine fleet, scams that shipowners used to get Food for Peace money, the overhaul of the USS Saratoga, the Ports of Philadelphia, and famous sea rescues ranging from the SS Marine Electric in 1983 to the SS Pendleton and SS Fort Mercer in 1952.

During his time at The Inquirer, Frump won the Gerald Loeb Award for National Business Reporting for his series on ports. His work with Tim Dwyer on the wreck of the SS Marine Electric and the government policies that led to the wreck was awarded the George Polk Award. Frump was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize three consecutive years by The Philadelphia Inquirer based on his maritime writing.

Over five years, he covered a range of stories. The Philadelphia Naval Shipyard was the subject of one major article when questions of poor workmanship on the USS Saratoga aircraft carrier surfaced.

Frump also wrote stories on the SS Poet, a ship that left Philadelphia and never was seen again, and the SS Marine Electric, a coal collier that sank off the Virginia Coast in February 1983 tossing its crews and officers into icy seas and gale force winds.

Only three of the 34 survived and their testimony, along with articles written by Frump and Dwyer, are credited with reforming US maritime policy. More than 70 old ships were scrapped and survival suits were required on North Atlantic winter runs following the coverage. Later, Congress also instituted the now famous Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers program.

His last published maritime work occurred in 2008 when "Two Tankers Down" was published in book form. The account of the famous Cape Cod rescue by Bernard C. Webber of crewmen of the SS Pendleton was the first to give the seamen's viewpoint.

Frump currently is researching the SS Stephan Hopkins and the freighter's lethal showdown with the German Stier raider during World War II. His works in progress include a piece on his experiences in the Texas gun culture, entitled "The Accidental Sniper." He also works in corporate communications in the New York City area.

Frump's previous books also are available on Kindle. They include Bernie Webber's rescue, "Two Tankers Down," and "Until the Sea Shall Free Them" about the sinking of the SS Marine Electric, as well as "Man-eaters of Eden" -- his account of human-animal conflict in South Africa caused by apartheid policies.


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