Peter J. Marsh: Nautical & Outdoor Writer-Photographer

I am a writer and photographer living and working in Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.A.). I became  a full-time freelancer in 1988, specializing in nautical, engineering and outdoor stories ranging from “sea to summit.” I cover 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.

The author at the wreck of the Peter Iredale after a storm had exposed the main mast.

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 workboats, yachts  and ships. I have been a contributor to NW Yachting magazine since 1977, and have 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.

  • WRITING SERVICES  Contact me if you are interested in:
  • writing that is accurate and informative
  • re-printing my work for commercial use
  • hiring me to edit or write your press releases, brochures etc.
  • edit and proof-reading of your copy or manuscript
  • advice on your publishing/marketing project
  • CLICK HERE to read more about my writing career 1988-2017

BOOK FOR SALE I am the distributor of  “Tango Round the Horn” 

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

Larry Barber’s  story 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 lumber schooner in 1941. $14 (postage paid) contact me to buy a copy.

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 Oregon Cycling paper. I successfully ran it until 1992,  becoming a contributor when it was sold to a group in Eugene. When it closed 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 right.


Mule Packer: The DIY Travel Bike that Flies Free! 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–my collection of  1980’s bikes.


What’s Happening? My Occasional Diary for 2017

This website went on line in 1998. I transferred to  WordPress (and Linux) in late 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.

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