BEYOND BOUNDARIES

A lifetime of adventures beyond the ordinary

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2020 EDITION

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BEYOND BOUNDARIES - A lifetime of adventures beyond the ordinary

BEYOND BOUNDARIES - A lifetime of adventures beyond the ordinary

The book Beyond Boundaries evolved over a half century. It is the story of a young Australian surfer who first learnt about the ocean by physically challenging its waves. His circumnavigation of the world under sail served as an apprenticeship to a commercial career at sea treating work as adventure. This work would take him from Cape Horn to the Polar Ice Cap and eventually earn him the title of Master Mariner with a sobering weight of responsibility moving the world’s largest oil structures on the oceans.

It is a story of one man’s lifelong voyage facing unpredictable events, unclear odds, and stacked decks. An insightful look into the human condition and into the importance of truths, morals and integrity.

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Cathy McGuire, Explorer III Radio Operator, describes the original photo scene ….
The unseen sun splashes pink and turquoise on the horizon. Twilight on the Beaufort. Showers of sparkling golden petals, arranged in the deepening blue of the cold hard, night sky. The sea is a rippling, silken sheet, broken, now and again, by rough cut diamond ice floes.

The colours are representative of Arctic sunsets in late October, just before the onset of winter and 24-hour darkness.

About the Cover

From the bridge of the drillship Explorer III, looking out over our spectacular working environment, I sketched this cover using only highlighter pens. I  then folded it and filed it away for the next 35 years until it was recently discovered again in my filing cabinet.

The colours are representative of Arctic sunsets in late October, just before the onset of winter and 24-hour darkness.

WORLD WANDERER – 100,000 miles under sail.

Des Kearns

(Published by Angus & Robertson, Australia, 1970)

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1970 EDITION

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Des Kearns, born 4th August 1944, is a professional mariner and author. He was educated at Epping Boys High School in Sydney, King Edward VII Nautical College in London and the Pacific Marine Training Institute in Vancouver. Later in life he studied Marine Arbitration Law in Singapore. Beyond Boundaries is the follow-up book to World Wanderer – 100-000 miles under sail, published by Angus & Robertson (Australia) in 1970. Currently he lives with his partner, Ked, in his adopted county of Thailand.

Qualifications.

  • Certificate of Competency as Master Mariner.
  • Member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.
  • Member International Institute of Marine Surveyors UK.
  • Member Singapore Institute of Marine Arbitrators (SIArb). UK Associate.

Beyond Boundaries - Excerpts.

Eight bells. Midnight.
Stumble on deck. Black, black night. Wind and rushing water. Flying fish flapping in the scuppers. Drowsiness suddenly disappears. Seamen’s instincts suddenly come to light. A missed footing or handhold could mean going overboard. Six luminous dials. The red glow of the compass. The sheets are cracked and the ship flies into the night. Hands grip the wheel. You gauge the heft of the wind and the run of the ship. Hmmm. This is the life. Maybe I will stay at sea a little longer.

Tahiti.
The night we invited some rather upper-class girls on board for sunset drinks. They were visiting for one night only on a P&O passenger liner. We had no money so we mixed a rum punch in a bucket. Cheap rum, vanilla beans to improve the taste, and various fruit juices. Ice from a street vendor. One girl asked, “Where is the toilet?” to which we answered, “You’re drinking out of it.” And so ended the party.
Jakarta. Adrenalin pumping taxi ride towards the airport fleeing firebombing, weaving through cars ablaze during riots in Indonesia.

Saigon.
Far reaching tentacles of American influence. A neon sign proclaims Hollywood East and illuminates a girl in a tight white dress in contrast with riot of color of Bougainvillea, feeding a three- legged dog a piece of chicken she bought from a nearby roadside stall. Inside the girls all wear numbers, a cash and carry rent a wife for the night system. A tout with an American flag draped around his shoulders hails, “What’s that I smell in the air? Aha, the American Dream, Hollywood.” The tout looks in my direction, “What’s your dream, boy?”

Shanghai.
Peace Hotel. Breakfast in the fantastic Dragon Phoenix Restaurant overlooking the Bund. Outside China recovering from the Cultural Revolution, its people shedding their drab Mao suits.

India.
A night taxi ride from Pondicherry to Madras hidden under a blanket in the back seat of an old Ambassador car on the day Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Ghandi was assassinated.

High Arctic.
Smell of raw jet fuel from a Sikorsky S61 helicopter with doors open in -41 degrees, searching for hazardous ice that could impede the drill ships exploring for oil under the polar ice cap.

Singapore.
In the marine office of Noble Denton’s Singapore headquarters captains Dawson, Janse, Murphy and Kearns jointly study Shell Oil’s application for transport approval for the newbuild $400 million Galaxy III from Singapore to the North Sea via the Cape of Good Hope in winter, as deck cargo on Mighty Servant 3. We captains are faced with a dilemma. Galaxy III is the world’s largest jack up drilling rig and we consider it too big for the world’s largest heavy lift carrier vessel Mighty Servant 3. We are caught between a rock and a hard place. This meant the size and capability of heavy lift transport ships had not kept pace with the size of ‘cargoes’ for which they were destined to carry.

 

 

Beyond Boundaries. Published 2019

Beyond Boundaries is the story of a young surfer who first learnt about the ocean by physically challenging its waves. His circumnavigation of the world under sail served as an apprenticeship to a commercial career at sea treating work as adventure.

This work would take him from Cape Horn to the Polar Ice Cap and eventually earn him the title of Master Mariner with a sobering weight of responsibility, including moving the world’s largest oil structures on the oceans.

It is a story of one man’s lifelong voyage facing unpredictable events, unclear odds, and stacked decks. An insightful look into the human condition and into the importance of truths, morals and integrity.

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Book reviews

Andrew de Bruin
Multihull Solutions Asia

Amazing mate. Can’t put it down. Very proud to know you. Gotta say that integrity shines through as an underlying motif.

Mike Wall
Managing Director & Principal Consultant, Mike Wall & Associates Ltd

Writers are called ‘word smiths’ and Des has perfected his craft, wielding his hammer skilfully to shape his words on a paper anvil. Not only has he benefited from many years of report writing to become a good writer, but he has also mastered the art of the storyteller by building his paragraphs to give…

Len White
Author “Why Me”

A book to be read slowly and digested.

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Contact Us

+66 8 6906-2004 (Thai)  kanchala@deskearns.com

+66 8 4846-8869 (English)  des@deskearns.com deskearns@icloud.com