The secret pirate

Sea fiction author Philip K Alan’s weblog is extraordinary, both for the effort and craft that goes into his posts, but also for the stories he tells.

This one describes the chilling memoirs of Able Seaman William Davidson, a man with a secret pirate past. Just right for a little shiver during the midwinter break…

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The Wings of a Gull

A whalerman’s lament learned from the singing of AL Lloyd, who at one time worked on the whalers… I really don’t know how traditional it is, given Lloyd’s talent for improving the songs he picked up. Whatever, it’s a damned powerful piece that doesn’t shrink from describing the brutality of the work, nor what seems to be an example of exploitatation. It’s also yet another sea song designed to be a warning to others…

Ann Davison’s 23ft Atlantic crossing boat Felicity Ann sails again

I was chuffed to read this story on the Classic Sailor website. I greatly enjoyed Ann Davison’s book My Ship is so Small¬†about crossing the Atlantic solo in a 23ft boat some years ago, and it still sits on a shelf above my computer.

Dating as it does from the mid 1950s, it’s the sort of thing you might still find in the sailing section of a good second-hand bookstore.

Felicity Ann sails again