(Howard) Pease was strongly critical of the 1930s world of children's literature (in which he worked) which he stated was a "wholly and solely a woman's world—a completely feminine world" subject to "tender-minded feminine control." Pease believed that this resulted in a paucity of male authors, depressed wages and a lack of realism in children's stories...modern critic took Pease to task for creating "traditional" male heroes who were "brave, clever and independent. Wikipedia
I remember reading Tod Moran books as a young lad. Moran was the protagonist in many of Pease's novels. Moran sailed as a crew member of a tramp steamer to exotic locations.
The books have essentially vanished from commerce. They cannot be found on digital formats where expired copyrights can often be found. The rare copy that shows up in the secondary market command prices from $30-to-$300.
Tramp steamers used to be a staple of fiction written for young men. The term "tramp" refers to the fact that they do not have a regularly scheduled series of ports-of-call. The captain contracts out and hopes to pick up another load at the port where they unload. Or, sometimes they hop from port-to-port like a shuttle-bus and pick up copra, timber, ore as supply and prices dictate with the hope of turning a profit by unloading at commercial centers.
Obviously, higher profits were available when skating the edge of what was legal and what was not, or dipping in and out of war-zones.
As foreign nationals in ports, the protagonist could not count on help from the local law. Nor could he count on friends, family or people in high places. Rather, he found his help in his mates, the cooks, rickshaw drivers and waitresses of port cities.
US Merchant Marine activity was killed off by wage demands, an aging fleet and safety regs. Tramp steamers still exist but the crew, as a general rule, does not speak English.
It is a pity. There was no better test-bed to measure your manhood. We also lost an entire genre of fiction.