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Peter J. Marsh: Nautical & Outdoor Writer

Hello, and thanks for visiting my site. If you are interested in ships and boats, or bikes and travel, you will probably find something worth reading. In the INDEX column on the right, you can find 145 of my published  stories –plus a couple of opinion pieces,  represents 10-20% of my total output. Just click on a category or enter a search word–and leave me a comment!

I have lived and worked in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.A.) since 1972; I became a full-time writer/ photographer while living in Portland in 1988. I specialize in all things nautical, covering commercial marine activity from fishing to shipping, and recreational boating from kayaking to ocean racing. Since 2002 I have lived in Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia River.

I focus on the Pacific NW coast from Bellingham, Washington to Crescent City, California and have been a contributor to NW Yachting since 1987. I became new-construction reporter for Pacific Maritime and Fishermens News, in 2015. I have also provided PR services for many marine businesses. In my 30 years as a free-lance journalist I have written hundreds of articles on the history, design/build and use of all types of craft, plus occasional outdoor/travel stories about my adventures from “sea to summit.”

  • “Ocean Rowing or Ocean Drifting?” This is my report and opinion on this boat-related sport that has carefully cultivated an image of heroic feats of endurance–although recorded drift voyages and flotsam routes prove it is actually wind and current that do most of the work. I explain why participation also demands extreme denial.
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  • OTHER WRITING SERVICES
  • Creating accurate, informative press releases, web pages etc.
  • Copy writing, editing & proof-reading
  • Reprints of my work for commercial use
  • Read more about my writing career 1988-2017
  •  I am the distributor of  “Tango Round the Horn”–see below
  • I have a collection of WW II shipyard photos and scans for sale

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Cycling, Hiking & Adventure Travel Writing

While riding the Camino del Norte in Spain, the author came across a remarkable oversize wooden bike sculpture in Cabezón de la Sal in Cantabria.

I have been actively involved in cycling journalism since 1989-92, when I edited the monthly Oregon Cycling paper. I continued to contribute when it was moved to Eugene. In 2006, I began writing 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 list at the right, or type in a search word like “Bike Friday”–the folding bike built in Eugene, Oregon that I have ridden overseas since 1997.

 

 

Mule Packer: 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.

Since 2014, I have built, tested and proved a simple D.I.Y. method to build a demountable travel bike with durable 26″ mountain bike wheels. When packed, it  measures 62″ overall  to comply with airline luggage limits. It’s easy to build and the two simple joints are as strong as the sturdy frame tubing. I rode the prototype along the wild Carreterra Austral in southern Chile (Patagonia) in 2016.  Learn more:

In Praise of Retro Bikes-my collection of  re-purposed 1980’s bikes.

 

  For Sale: book on the last of the NW lumber schooners — “Tango Round the Horn” 

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

This is the story by Lawrence Barber (1903-96) of the WWII voyage of the Tango, the last U.S. windjammer to round Cape Horn, covers the ship’s history from launch in 1904 as the German square rigger Hans, through its conversion into a Santa Monica casino ship in the 1930’s, and final revival as a six- masted schooner in 1941. $14 (postage paid) contact me to buy a copy.

 

Photos of World War II Kaiser Shipyards in Portland and Vancouver

I also have a large collection of news photos of the WW II Kaiser shipyards in Portland. They are all original images by photo-journalist Lawrence Barber of men and women at work, crowds at launches, trials of ships on the river. There is a complete record of Liberty ship building, and more photos of Victory ships, Jeep carriers, T-2 tankers etc.

I have a limited number of duplicate photos printed during WW II for sale, and scans.

About this site: my sea-to-summit adventures in the Cascades began in June 1997 and I went online soon after on Angelfire.com. That site failed to keep up with web technolgy, so I converted to Linux and moved the site to WordPress in November 2014. It now receives 20-80 visits per day, with up to 1,000 visits per month, and a total of over 18,500 views to date. Here are the Top Six pages:

1967 Maxi Yacht Atalanta Sails On More stats 850
The Nomadic Life of Alan and Sharie Farrell More stats 775
The Life and Designs of Bill Tripp More stats 745
Mule Packer–the D.I.Y. Travel Bike More stats 625
Ole Evinrude’s Outboard Engine is 100 More stats 566
Cascade Yachts: Boats for the Long Run More stats 505
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