Roger Paine has been writing stories, poems and plays from an early age. When sixteen years old he left school in Leicester, England, and joined the Royal Navy. Over the next twenty-eight years he rose from ordinary sailor in bell-bottom trousers to gold-laced senior officer in the rank of Commander. He served in a wide variety of ships, from aircraft carriers, various frigates and destroyers, to mine counter-measures vessels, a tank-landing ship and the navy's ice patrol ship. He visited ports in nearly every country in the world.
Now a full-time writer, he regularly contributes book reviews, theatre reviews and features to magazines, newspapers and journals on subjects ranging from maritime topics to historic village churches and well-known poets. Many of these articles are included in this his third book.
He lives in an eighteenth century cottage, crammed with books, paintings and naval memorabilia, on the edge of a medieval churchyard in rural Sussex.
Clear Lower Deck
by Roger Paine
Do you know where the expression ‘grog’ comes from? Or what happened when the admiral’s parrot got seasick? Or why a gun-toting generalissimo in the Philippines distributed medals from a
Ships and Sealing Wax and Many Things
by Roger Paine
Roger Paine, retired Navy commander and former secretary to the trustees of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, has authored a collection of true stories about fascinating people and places. If you have an interest in the sea,
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