Category Archives: Seastories

The Haunting of the LNG Taurus

In honor of Halloween, here is a troubling account of a modern-day haunted ship. The LNG Taurus was one of a series of ten Moss-Rosenberg type 125,000 cubic meter Liquefied Natural Gas ships (LNG) ships built by General Dynamics in Quincy … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Antoine Vanner’s “Britannia’s X” – Guess the “X” Competition

In December, Antione Vanner’s “Britannia’s X,” the third of his Dawlish chronicles will be published by Old Salt Press.  No, the book’s title will not be “Britannia’s X.” From Antoine’s Dawlish Chronicles blog: The title, for now, is “Britannia’s X” – with … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Joan Druett — The Beckoning Ice Makes the Long List

Congratulations to Joan Druett! Her crime thriller, The Beckoning Ice, the fifth of her Wiki Coffin series of maritime mysteries, is one of the longlisted titles for the 2014 Ngaio Marsh Award.   We reviewed The Beckoning Ice in December 2012. … Continue reading

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Alaric Bond’s The Torrid Zone — A Review

In The Torrid Zone, Alaric Bond’s latest novel in his Fighting Sail Series, HMS Scylla is due to return to England. Her crew is weary and the ship is in serious need of a refit.  Yet, as soon as the ship reaches … Continue reading

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The Navy Goes NeRD – the New Navy E-Reader

The Navy is issuing five Navy e-Reader Devices, or NeRDs, each preloaded with 300 books to each of the submarines in the fleet, and if all goes well plans to send NeRDs to all Navy vessels.   The e-Readers are pretty … Continue reading

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Farley Mowat — Writer & Sailor

I was saddened to hear of Farley Mowat’s death, at the age of 92.  Many will remember him as an environmentalist and a champion of the rights of native Canadians, as indeed he was.  I will remember him for his books about … Continue reading

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Coming Soon from Alaric Bond — The Torrid Zone

I am very much looking forward to Alaric Bond’s latest, Torrid Zone, due out in April or May.  He recently posted about it on his blog. Background to a Book I’ve now finished the second draft of The Torrid Zone, … Continue reading

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“Hell Around the Horn” on the Working Harbor Committee Blog

There was a very nice post this morning on the Working Harbor Committee blog about my novel “Hell Around the Horn.”   My thanks to the editor,  Mai Armstrong. Have you read Rick Spilman’s novel Hell Around The Horn? It’s a thriller … Continue reading

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Fleet : the Complete Collection by Andrew D. Thaler, a Review by Joe Follansbee

A review by Joe Follansbee of Andrew D. Thaler’s Fleet: The Complete Collection, a fascinating, post-apocalyptic tale of survival in a nautical world. Review: ‘Fleet’ revives sci-fi’s nautical tradition, By Joe Follansbee Science fiction’s nautical tradition goes back to the genre’s origins. In … Continue reading

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Cindy Vallar’s Review of Joan Druett’s Judas Island and the Promise of Gold Trilogy

Last June, we reviewed Joan Druett’s Judas Island, the first book her Promise of Gold Series. Here is an excerpt from a recent review by Cindy Vallar from her wonderful Pirates and Privateers blog. Captain Jahaziel “Jake” Dexter believes a pirate’s … Continue reading

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Book Review Wednesday — New From V.E. Ulett, Blackwell’s Paradise

When I started this blog, I had intended it to be, at least in part, a book blog of works about ships and the sea.  Of late, however, I have been completely negligent in posting reviews.  I will attempt to … Continue reading

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Ships at a Distance

Today is the 123rd anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston‘s birthday. She is being honored by Google with a graphic on the main search page. Hurston is considered to be one of the pre-eminent African-America writers of the 20th century. She … Continue reading

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Fiona Shaw Performs ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’

Fiona Shaw, in an excerpt from a new staged reading of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s 1798 poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” This scene features the passage that birthed the expression “albatross around your neck.” The show, directed by Phyllida … Continue reading

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New Review from Historic Naval Fiction: Turn a Blind Eye by Alaric Bond

A new review from Historic Naval Fiction: Alaric Bond‘s new novel, Turn A Blind Eye, moves away from his ‘Fighting Sail’ series and the Royal Navy to the world of smuggling on the South Coast of England. It follows Commander Griffin … Continue reading

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Nautical Blog Hop & a Week of Windjammers: Day Two – Is History Just a Sea Story?

What is history? What is fiction?  These seem to be straightforward questions. The conventional answer would be that history is what happened and fiction are the stories that we make up.  In writing my recent novel I was faced with … Continue reading

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Weigh Anchor Nautical Blog Hop, Day 1: Windjammers – Not Dead, Not Even Past

My novel Hell around the Horn is set on a British windjammer on a voyage around Cape Horn in the particularly brutal winter of 1905.  I wanted to write the novel, in part, because the windjammers have been largely forgotten … Continue reading

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Weigh Anchor Nautical Blog Hop & A Week of Windjammers

From Tuesday, September 17 through Saturday, September 21st, we will participating in “Weigh Anchor,” a nautical blog hop organized by the wonderful Helen Hollick.  She has brought together twenty three writers of nautical fiction and non-fiction to post about their … Continue reading

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Margaret Muir’s Admiralty Orders Released – Floating Gold Free for Three Days!

To celebrate the launch of Margaret Muir’s Admiralty Orders – Book 3 in her Oliver Quintrell series, the first book of the series, Floating Gold is free on Amazon for the next three days.  In our review, we called Floating … Continue reading

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Joan Druett’s The Elephant Voyage – Free Today and Tomorrow on Kindle!

Joan Druett’s The Elephant Voyage is free today and tomorrow, August 7 -8, on Kindle. The Elephant Voyage is a fascinating historical account of a crew who find themselves castaway on a desolate, wind-swept sub-Antarctic island, while on an ill-fated voyage … Continue reading

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V.E. Ulett’s Captain Blackwell’s Prize – A Review

V.E. Ulett’s novel, Captain Blackwell’s Prize begins in battle. As the British board a larger Spanish ship, they discover that the boy wielding a sword next to the Spanish captain is indeed a woman. The novel develops into an unexpected … Continue reading

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