this is the 2009 predecessor work to the more widely read 2011 [b:Moby Duck|6816795|Moby Duck|Landoll Inc.|/assets/nocover/60x80.png|7025167], about 29,000 plastic bath toys lost off a cargo ship in a storm at sea and how oceanographers tracked them, plus additional material about ocean currents; another accident (sneakers); and a little about some of the personalities. Ebbesmeyer I guess just had a weaker marketing team or possibly there's something to some claims on this entry that his writing is just a tad weaker. it's nearly the same exact book, but for some reason Hahn got the awards and the sales.
second random comment about the book is that it's said every human being has one book inside of them, and Ebbesmeyer may be cast in precise point, as he mentions he's retiring, 61, and this appears to be his one full book-length work. contains odd very odd passage about the oceanographers' treatment of a colleague's deceased wife, but other than that, appears to be pretty much professional. not an absolute 4, but closer to the 4 than the 3; moderately recommended.
since following the crowd usually works, probably MOBY DUCK is the better read for time/cash, but there's nothing too horribly unreadable about this work if this is what enters your hands.