David started his love affair with the sea in 1977 when he joined the British Merchant Navy and a company called Buries Markes, a Ship Management Company of London.
This book charts the company's rise in the 1930's with the purchase of it's first ship "Cedrus", through the war years and the loss of life and several ships, to the swinging 60's, new ships, a secondary company called "Gearbulk" and sadly on to the company's demise in the 1990's.
Added throughout the book are tales and stories from the men who were there at the time. The book is a valuable time capsule of a now byegone age.
Born in 1960 and brought up and educated in the Waterloo/Crosby and Thornton regions of Merseyside. I joined the Merchant Navy straight from school in 1977 and spent nearly five years going away to sea, leaving in 1981. After a brief spell unemployed I became an Assistant Cook within the Social Services Department of Liverpool City Council. I worked for them for 13 years attaining the position of Head Cook for for the last four. In 1989 I met the woman I knew was going to be my wife and we were married in 1991 and now have four children. In 1997 I left catering behind and became a courier for a mail order company. I loved this job but getting mugged two weeks before the Christmas of 1999 made me re-think things and I gave it up after my daughter was born in 2000. In 2002 I had kidney failure that nearly took my life, I've recovered now but not the same man I used to be, but still alive all the same.
The Little Boy Who Went Away To Sea: Book 1 Published December 02, 2014
A Seafarers Guide to Life at Sea; Or How To Deal With A Drunken Sailor Published September 19, 2014
Places I Remember Published October 16, 2010
Been There Done That; Dunroammin' Published February 01, 2010
La Hacienda and Other Stories: From Birkenhead to Tokyo, My Travels Around The World Published December 01, 2009