The View From the Rigging

Captain Marcott, a dyed-in-the-wool storyteller, reflects on twenty-eight years of intriguing Coast Guard stories that span the cold war, the turbulent sixties, and the period of détente with Russia. More than a book of seagoing adventures, you will warm to his tales of family and friends.

   His scenic descriptions are crisp and real. You will feel you are with him in an Atlantic hurricane, and when he boards a Russian factory vessel in the Bering Sea.

   Share his encounters with Ernest Hemingway, Perry Como, Jacques Cousteau, Ambassador Eliot Richardson, and discover how Nikita Khrushchev interrupted his life.    

   Laugh as he outfoxes a Navy blockade and when he stumbles to explain to a Japanese artist why his wedding portrait is wrong.

   Feel his family angst when their infant daughter requires delicate surgery.


“In my experience, the very best way to learn something is to find a teacher who blends historical facts with the art of story-telling. Dick Marcott proves he’s the master of this approach in View from the Rigging. It’s a story well told and highlighted with very real moments of serious accomplishment. We should all be so fortunate to have such stories to tell our grandchildren.”

Admiral James M. Loy, US Coast Guard (retired) Commandant 1998-2002

“I never cease to be amazed as to how much I learn from Captain Marcott’s memoirs of a fascinating world I never knew existed. The stories are a tribute to his service that he sells with beautiful detail, humor, and pathos.”

Dani Webber, Asst. Prof. of English, SUNY Sullivan.

“As a fellow Coast Guard Officer, I was gratified at finding a frank, honest, and exceptionally well written account of all the shared and many not shared experiences that come with a Coast Guard career.”

Captain William Develin, US Coast Guard, Ret.

“What a wonderful storyteller Marcott is, vividly and humorously relating tales from his life and career in the Coast Guard. I learned many things I didn’t know about the military and about history through his harrowing adventures, encounters with fame, and deep commitment to both his job and his family.”

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