I've always enjoyed reading about ships and the sea, especially the great passenger liners of the past. Well in the end I thought if you can't beat them, join them!
My first published article (in Sea Breezes magazine back in 2010), was about my favourite ship, the SS France/Norway. Subsequently, a fortunate encounter with Nigel Lawrence (editor) led to me becoming a regular contributor of articles for Shipping Today and Yesterday magazine. Primarily these have been about liners from the 1960's, like the Portuguese vessel Infante dom Henrique (see link below).
A first book 'Masters of the Italian Line: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raffaello' came about largely by accident. I had written separate articles about these ships in 2017 but decided to amalgamate them in a single volume. Amberley Publishing were enthusiastic and agreed to take on the project. Thanks to the generous help of family, friends (old and newly forged), acquaintances and organisations I was able to secure all the illustrations and information I needed to complete the book. Hard work but great fun!
The book was first published in the UK in September 2018 and in the USA in June 2019.
A further series of articles will be completed throughout 2019 and a few books are at the planning stage, including one about the famed Italian ship designer Nicol Costanzi and his famous quartet of ships from the 1960's : Galileo Galilei, Guglielmo Marconi, Oceanic and Eugenio C.