Arthur Copping’s amusing second book about his fictionalised adventures sailing and fishing with Leigh fisherman Gotty (in real life a chap called Alfred Boynton) has been reprinted and is available from Howard Turnidge.
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…
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…