THE HIGH SEAS: Endless Ferryboat Ride (Cont'd)

Back & forth, back & forth, like the surge and sound of the sea itself went Michael Patrick O'Brien, the stateless soldier of fortune—possibly Hungarian, possibly American—who boarded the Hong Kong-Macao ferry last September, only to find that he could not land on either shore because he had no passport (TIME, Oct. 13). By last week O'Brien had completed his 44th round trip between the China Sea ports. He had reached a sort of understanding with the Lee Hong's captain and crew. O'Brien, who was once a ship's engineer, may get a paying berth aboard the ferry if a...

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