Sunday, November 23, 2014

Novel 'Fall of the Suns' is now available

The acclaimed Novel, 'Fall of the Suns' by Ieuan Dolby, is now available at the following locations:

In print at Createspace
In Print and for Kindle (UK) at AMAZON UK 
(for other countries conduct search with title)

In various other Ebook formats at Smashwords
In Google Books/Play - to be advised.

Reviews are welcome at any of these sites and/or please email me with your review for inclusion on my website.

A sequel (part 2), titled "A Ray of Hope" is currently in the pipeline.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Fall of the Suns

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




Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Price of Building Cheap Ships in China

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 price of building cheap in China

Friday, July 26, 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013

Fishing Boat in Belawan, Indonesia

It looks like ten guys on this fishing trawler in Medan, Indonesia + the guy steering so that's at least eleven! Already two more crew members then some large bulk carriers sailing the seven seas!

How many can you count ............

Fishing Trawler in Belawan, Indonesia

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Bearing is fine, the Chief said enigmatically

http://youtu.be/hQoZxi6jxWU

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.

So, I took a video of the noise ...........

Sunday, June 02, 2013

The Shipyards Cost of Scaffolding

When a ship is in dock, the cost of the scaffolding and its erection can be more costly than the job itself.

A few hundred thousand scoobies then for the scaffolding here?

[caption id="attachment_2353" align="aligncenter" width="700"]The Cost of Scaffolding Scaffolding is an art - an expensive one![/caption]