Peter J. Marsh–Nautical & Outdoor Writer-Photographer

I am a writer and photographer living and working in the U.S. A. at the mouth of the Columbia River. I became  a full-time freelancer in 1988, specializing in nautical, engineering and outdoor stories and news releases ranging from “sea to summit.” I cover the in the Pacific Northwest region from Bellingham, Washington to Crescent City, California, reporting on recreational boating and commercial marine activity of all kinds from fishing to shipping.

From 1996 to 2001, I was responsible for all the public relations and marketing copy for the Portland Ship Repair Yard (now Vigor Industries). In 2002, I moved to Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia River, where I continued to edit Portland’s Freshwater News and began to follow local marine news including shipwrecks, Coast Guard rescues, salmon fishing etc. for several national publications. I also traveled to Europe three times to observe and write about the French ocean racing circuit.

Peter Marsh on the 21' trimaran he designed and built on a windy day on the Columbia

Peter Marsh on the 21′ trimaran he designed and built on a windy day on the Columbia

In 2006, I became the first volunteer director of the Hanthorn Cannery Museum on Pier 39-Astoria. I spent a decade building it into a popular historic attraction while continuing to write. In 2015, I resumed regular reporting on the commercial maritime sector for Philips Publishing Group where I review design and construction of tugs, ferries and workboats for Pacific Maritime and fishing vessels for Fishermens News.

With over 28 years in nautical journalism, I have a wide range of experience writing press releases and stories about the design, construction, operation and repair of most types of boats and ships. I have also been the editor of the Columbia River boating paper The Freshwater News since 2000. In the blog on the right, you can find some of my best work –just click on a category or enter a search word.

The Tango was towed across the Columbia Bar and into the Pacific.

The Tango was towed across the Columbia Bar and into the Pacific.

BOOK FOR SALE                      Tango Round the Horn  by Larry Barber–the WWII  voyage of the last U.S.  windjammer to round Cape Horn. It covers the ship’s history from the launch in 1904 as the German square rigger Hans, conversion  into a Santa Monica gambling ship in the 1930’s, then revival as a six-masted lumber schooner in 1941. $14 (postage paid). Please contact me to buy a copy.

  • please contact me if you are interested in:
  • re-printing my work for commercial use
  • hiring me to write your press releases, brochures etc.
  •  edit and proof-read service for your copy or manuscript
  • advice on your publishing/marketing project
  •  copy writing for a reasonable fee

BIOGRAPHY: I was born in England  and emigrated to North America in 1972. I began writing about my solo sailing adventures on the NW coast in the 1980’s when I sailed from Olympia, Wash. to Skagway, Alaska and back–twice–and around Vancouver Island in a 21′ trimaran I designed and built. That’s when I learned that the NW coast is a national center for the  design and construction of craft ranging from kayaks to car ferries, the base for Alaska’s fishing industry and freight services, and a destination for yachtsmen and boaters of all types


Cycling, Hiking & Adventure Travel Writing

The author on the Columbia River with the Ocean Watch crew, who had just sailed around the Americas

The author on the Columbia River with the Ocean Watch crew, who had just sailed around the Americas

I have been actively involved in cycling journalism since 1989, when I revived the monthly paper Oregon Cycling. I ran it successfully until 1992, and continued as a contributor when it was sold and moved to Eugene. When it closed in 2006,  I continued to write for the Bike Paper in Seattle–until it too closed at the end of 2015. To see my best bike stories, click on  “Cycling” on the right.


Mulepacker: the DIY Travel Bike that flies Free!                                            

Mule Packer ready to box up–handlebars shown outside package for clarity, they actually go in space between wheels. inside package.

I have built, tested and proved a simple D.I.Y. method to build a demountable travel bike with sturdy 26″ mountain bike wheels. It  measures 62″ overall when packed, to comply with airline luggage limits. It’s strong, simple, easy to build, and the two simple joints are as strong as the frame tubing. I rode the prototype along the wild Carreterra Austral in southern Chile (Patagonia) in 2016.   Learn more:

In Praise of Retro Bikes ——————————————————————————————————

What’s Happening? My Occasional Diary for 2017

This website went on line in 1998. I transferred to  WordPress (and Linux) in 2014.  If you enjoy my writing,  you can re-publish it in non-profit publications/websites at no cost–on condition that you credit me and link to this site. Contact me for permission to use my work in any commercial format. This site averages 20-30 visits per day–not bad for a casual effort!

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