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.
I write Freelance, and over the years have had a number of articles published across the web and in print: notably with 'Argonauta' the Canadian Nautical Research Society and in the 'Digital Ship', the Marine IT Professional Publication. In 2012 and again in 2014 an article 'The Modern Day Pirate' was used as part of the American Grade 6, Boldprint Series textbooks titled 'Adventures on the High Seas'. The list is growing fast but I always welcome new avenues, challenges and requests for articles on a variety of topics. Who knows? A Column would be nice .... I also have many articles here which can be purchased for reprint elsewhere.