Based on a log book written by the author during the 1975-1976 Mediterranean cruise of the USS Ainsworth (FF-1090), this book details day to day life aboard ship during an extended cruise. From the sometimes busy, sometimes monotonous shipboard routine to the fun and excitement of foreign ports, to the sorrow of death at sea, this book takes you on a six month journey that only those who have experienced it are normally privy. If you served in the Navy and went on an extended cruise then this book will offer much to which you can relate. If not, then report aboard the USS Ainsworth and come along through this lively narrative that combines actual log entries with added descriptions that weave a tale of work, excitement, loneliness, frustration and zany fun. Also included are numerous photographs, most of which were taken by the author during the cruise. You'll have your sea legs by the end of this book.