Books: Stormy Petrol

SUPERSHIP by NOEL MOSTERT 332 pages. Knopf. $8.95.

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters, these see the works of the Lord and his wonders in the deep. So much for piety afloat and a reasonable profit through the ages. Trouble is these days, according to Noel Mostert, a South African-born shipping writer, more than half the business done upon great waters is carried in the bellies of a new breed of sea monster that threatens not only the wonders of the deep but the teeming life of whole oceans. The monsters...

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