One ship abandoned by her empire.
A group of rogue sailors attempting to save her.

This is the story of the square rigger Bonnie Clyde. She was a grand vessel in her time, but now the sea-weary sailing ship awaits scuttling in the cold waters of the English Channel.

Before this grand lady meets her fate, these sailors, (unable to persuade the Admiralty to help save this vessel), pirate her away while under tow to be scuttled. Through their creative use of materials and methods, they sail her through the English Channel and the Irish Sea, hoping to deliver the ship to her original home where she was built in Dumbarton, Scotland on the River Clyde.
"This is an extraordinary tale from World War II of an extraordinary sailing vessel written by a courageous and extraordinary author. "     — Walter Cronkite
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Together the crew must outsmart the British Admiralty and Scotland Yard, as they run with the weather to avoid detection during a pursuit by the Admiralty.

A former Royal Navy officer Lt. Flynn, is lured into conspiring with a Scottish sea captain, Bowman, his British first mate Harris (the inside connection to parts from the scrap yards), an Irish navigator, Edward, and a Russian master rigger Boris.

A sympathetic public opinion, aided by an AP reporter, and a host of some of unlikely co-conspirators, become their allies as they struggle to save their ship.

This maritime adventure, comedy, and romance is destined to live in the hearts of every old salt and deepwater dreamer.

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A Note From the Author

After 40 plus years in the music business, I've decided to write down some of the many stories that have been in my mind and discard all thoughts about how long songs can be. Sometimes writing takes on a life of its own, and I suppose this one was unique. This story started as a maritime adventure, and then comedy grew through the interactions of the characters, with a touch of romance. I found it was like taking down gold and platinum records and replacing them with pictures that I enjoyed looking at.

Most of the characters in this story are people I met while growing up around different waterfronts. I consider myself lucky to have been able to learn about ships and the sea from those individuals with actual nautical experience. They helped me 'learn the ropes' and gave me some of the best firsthand experience with different shipboard situations. Some served during actual wartime across the North Atlantic and throughout the area I describe here.

I have attempted to keep things in a relatively simple form, so that people who are unfamiliar with nautical terminology would be able to understand and follow the story with little trouble and without constantly referring to a nautical dictionary. Those of you who constantly fuss over spelling must endure the "King's English." Here then is the story, with no additional apologies.

N. Jay Young. author of A Ship's Tale

Photograph by Ann Callicrate

Although the age of sail has passed, the charm and glory of those days have not. Many ships of this era are being restored and reconstructed by dedicated people, many of them volunteers, who give of themselves so that this chapter in history will endure for generations to come.

Every nautical buff should be grateful that this heritage is being protected and preserved. These ships do not number many, and keeping them afloat and intact is an extremely expensive endeavor.

Quite a few countries use them now as training ships and ambassadors of good will. I volunteered many hours when I was younger, helping to restore and maintain various ships, which were on display for the public and are now used as museums and tourist attractions; it was a deeply gratifying experience.

During that time I enjoyed the company of people, and animals, similar and in most cases exactly like the characters I have woven into this tapestry of A Ship's Tale.

N. Jay Young