Ieuan BP Dolby, Freelance Writer and Author based in Dundee, Scotland
Many moons ago and as a naive wee kid I began, what unexpectedly turned out to be, a lengthy career as a Marine Engineer in the Merchant Navy. Twenty-five years rapidly passed me by - to the top rank of Chief Engineer (not Captain) - before I relocated ashore as a Technical Superintendent for a UK based ship-owner. Then, still with an avid thirst for adventure, my family and I lived the expatriate life in Singapore where I consulted on and investigated numerous ship casualties; sinking vessels, super-yacht fires, groundings and metal-screeching, fully-laden collisions.
Having settled in Dundee, Scotland with my wife and two sons, I continue to advise on port and vessel technical issues and marine casualties a career that is intermingled with part-time freelance writing; articles, short stories and full-length novels - the sea often but not always as the backdrop.
My debut crime-suspense novel 'Fall of the Suns' is published, and alongside mountains of other projects I am currently working on the 'Memoirs of Captain Silas E Park'. These are a series of hilarious romps narrated by a continually scuppered and retired sea captain who incorrectly relives his past from a seat at the local bar.
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Over the years I have casually had a number of articles published. A small selection of examples are:
- Silent Macau: Two Faces of the Macau SAR at Travel Outward (2003)
- 'Tea Time' and 'Christmas at Sea' in 'Argonauta' the print newsletter of the Canadian Nautical Research Society (2004-2005)
- 'My Ship in 2020' and 'The Big White Golf Ball' in the 'Digital Ship' print magazine, the Marine IT Professional Publication (2005-2006)
- 'The Modern Day Pirate', American Grade 6, Boldprint Series textbook 'Adventures on the High Seas' published by Rubicon Publishing (2012 and again in 2014)
The list of published articles is growing fast and I always welcome new avenues, challenges and requests on a variety of topics. Or search the many articles here: all eagerly awaiting new homes.