Articles, Tall Tales and a vivid imagination - some non-fiction, others not so serious and the rest just utter fabrication - of the sea, the sailor and the Merchant Navy. Cultural and global diversity and just plain old life (with some fun and a laugh) from around the world, written by Ieuan Dolby as he sees it!
My new novel is now published titled 'Fall of the Suns'.
It's been hard work - not the writing as that was easy - but self-publishing the works as an ebook and in print.
I always thought that writing a novel was the hard part, the publishing an easy end. It is in fact the other way around. It is though nearly there and as soon as I get my last act together I will place the direct links to those sites were the book can be purchased and were printed copies can be ordered.
Further information on this finisged novel can be held at my website, Ieuan Dolby
For over a decade thousands of large ships have been built in China on the pure basis of 'cheap' over quality. Today, many of those vessels are now little more than rusting hulks, in far worse condition than many ships three times their age.
The photograph below is only one example of many, pipes ripped out of a tankers steam heating system due to corrosion - the vessel was only three years old.
The Chief Engineer said the bearing was fine. I said, no it wasn't. He declined to accept that it sounded as if the whole thing was about to fall into 1000 little pieces and said that it had been like that for many months. We had to shout above the noise to be heard.