Monday, September 3, 2018

Sea Story Summer Reading Wrap-up

Throughout August, I gave away all of my sea stories for free on Amazon.  Each week a different book was free.  I promoted this on Facebook and Google+.  As a result many readers downloaded my sea stories.  Some folks bought a few books, but the best part is that I received several friend requests from sea story fans around the world, and numerous people posted reviews on Amazon.

A sample of the reviews posted:

"I read the story after it was offered for Free on Kindle and didn’t know what to expect. I do know it was 100% engaging and a real page-turner, and though the genre warped and weaved about, I found it impossible to put down. ... The concept of the invisible ship was intriguing – as for the disappearing corpses…I was left scratching my head.  Possibly the strangest story I have ever read.  This author’s imagination must have been on steroids when he wrote it as his ideas bounced in several directions. For me the ending was a little abrupt as I wanted the story to keep going.In all, a very well written and edited book. It certainly held my interest."  4-Star Review for Sailors Take Warning
"Mostly believable story about sailors goings on in Olongapo City.  A couple of small literary license items but that just makes the story more interesting.  All in all, a good short story."  4-Star Review for Back to the Philippines
"Well written and realistic short story about an aircraft incident aboard an aircraft carrier. Excellent descriptions of the people, the situation, and the equipment."  5-Star Review for Sixty-Four Days
"As a former sailor on an attack carrier (CVA-64) serving on Yankee Station in the Tonkin Gulf I enjoyed the book...brought back the memories of how hazardous our duty was back in the day." 5-Star Review for Sixty-Four Days
"Well written and realistic short story about an aircraft incident aboard an aircraft carrier. Excellent descriptions of the people, the situation, and the equipment."  5-Star Review for Sixty-Four Days
"While the life of a seaman serving on a massive USS aircraft may seems exciting, cruising the seas and occasionally stopping at exotic ports around the world, the fact that many US servicemen spend most, if not all of their time working below deck not seeing the light for day for weeks or even months, is unbelievable. They are not only deprived of sunlight but also female company hence when they enter port many of the sailors have only one thing on their mind.  From excited not-a-care-in-the-world teenagers with their life ahead of them, the Navy (in this account anyway) turns these boys into sex-starved smoke and drink addicts.  While written as a fiction story, SAILOR'S DELIGHT reads like the autobiography of one sailor whose sense and sensibility has been screwed by the work he does, the dangers he faces and the tragic loss of a mate’s life that is literally torn to pieces in front of him.  Battling his demons, Chris Marlow is weighed down with recurring thoughts that he self-medicates with alcohol, gluttony and false bravado. As a result he suffers physical complaints that deliver him to a hospital facility off the ship.  Two weeks of investigations and R&R return the young man to the semblance of what he should be."  4-Star Review for Sailors Delight

Books downloaded for Free from Amazon During August-1018: 522

Books sold on Amazon During August-2018: 87

Kindle Unlimited Pages Read During August-2018: 1624

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Malcolm Torres is the author of original sea stories and nautical novels.

Thursday, August 9, 2018



From August 13 to 17

The aircraft carrier Nimitz steams toward the equator where her crew of 5,000 women and men will hold an ancient hazing ritual, but something is wrong aboard the ship.

Bodies have turned up missing from the morgue and several jets have been sabotaged on the flight deck. 

Can first-responder Kate Conrad and deckhand Terrance McDaniels figure out what's wrong before the ship crosses the Golden Line? And if they do, will their superior officers listen to them and prevent a disaster at sea?

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Free on Amazon from Aug 13 to 17

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Monday, August 6, 2018

August 2018 is Sea Story Summer Reading Month

 Back to the Philippines is free on Amazon Kindle from August 6 to 10

Grab your free copy here.

A Sea Story
By Malcolm Torres

After ten weeks of strenuous labor under a blazing tropical sun, Pat’s skin was tanned, his muscled toned.  He kept pace with a stampede of sailors crossing Shit River Bridge.  Pat glanced aside and saw the Filipino children standing in wooden canoes, begging for pesos and US coins.  He flipped a quarter and watched as several brown bodies plunged into the sewage after it.  Rumor had it that you’d be quarantined to the medical department and given 26 injections before they let you leave the country, including the dreaded square needle in the left nut, if you fell in Shit River.

If you want to read the rest . . . 

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Summer Reading Sea Adventure

Free Sea Story on Amazon Kindle Every Week in August

August is Sea Story Summer reading month.  Check my Amazon author page every week in August for a free sea story.  All I'm asking in return is for you to post an honest review on each story you read.  Reviews can be as short and simple as a few word of praise.  All the stories in the Sea Adventure Collection are free, and so are my novels, Sailors Take Warning, The Pirate and Sailors Delight.  Smooth sailing and happy reading, shipmates.

From July 30th to Aug 3rd SHARK TOOTH ROSARY is free on Amazon. 

Description:  Christopher Marlow spends his free time in the ship's library flipping through a book entitled The Geography of the Philippines. The glossy pictures of tropical beaches, rice paddies and erupting volcanoes makes him daydream about taking a grand adventure when his ship reaches it's next port of call, Subic Bay, in the Republic of the Philippines. When the ship finally drops anchor, he heads for the bus station, determined to discover the mysteries of the Orient for himself. There's only one small problem . . . in order to get to the bus station, he has to walk past a mile-long strip of bars and cathouses.

Please post an honest review.

Shark Tooth Rosary
Free on Amazon From July 30 to August 3

From August 6th to the 10th BACK TO THE PHILIPPINES is free on Amazon. 

Description:  Pat arrives in Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines, after ten weeks at sea. Rather than head to the bars with his shipmates, Pat has a plan, one that will earn him thousands of dollars.

Please post an honest review.

Back to the Philippines
Free on Amazon from August 6 to 10

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Check Back for More Tales of Adventures, Romance, Disaster and Crime 
Set Aboard Ships at Sea and in Ports of Call Around the World

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Baychimo, A Nautical Mystery

Could a ship drift at sea for 38 years without a crew?

Abandoned by her captain and crew after being damaged in a storm, the Baychimo drifted off when the ice flows broke apart.  Many claim to have spotted her over almost 40-years.  During that time, she was boarded and found to be deserted.  For decades sailor and Eskimos claimed to have sighted her.  Is it possible?  It's interesting to wonder about how this could happen.  The odds are certainly against it.  Every sailor knows that the Baychimo's engines and bilge pumps would fail, waves would swamp her and she'd sink within weeks, months at the most.  Watch this video and decide for yourself.

As for me, I believe the Baychimo was damaged beyond repair and left frozen in the ice by her captain and crew.  I believe she broke free from the ice and drifted for months, perhaps even a year or two before she was frozen in the ice again.  When the ice melted for a second time, she drifted for a while longer.  Eventually, she sank but the tale of the Baychimo drifting at sea with no crew became a sea story (an urban legend).  The story was passed from sailor to sailor and ship to ship over the years.  As a result of the stories being told over and over, the Baychimo became nautical mystery, a legend among sailors and ship's passengers.  As the years went by, whenever a darkened ship was sighted out on the open sea and it couldn't be identified, those on watch who had sighted it called it the Baychimo with a wink and a nod.  As years went by and the stories continued to be passed around, more and more sailors were in on the joke.  Gradually the story was passed over into popular culture where today it's exploited as a nautical mystery.

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Malcolm Torres is the author of original sea stories and nautical novels.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

SCUBA Diving on Sunken Barges in Subic Bay, Philippines

"In front of Grande Island, close to the beach is one of the best dive sites in Subic Bay. The barges dive site is loved by divers of all skill and experience levels."  Johan's Dive Resort, Subic Bay, Philippines

Learning to SCUBA dive at 19 opened my mind to the wonders of the ocean.  It was 1982 and I was a sailor in the US Navy.  I'd sailed over thousands of miles of the ocean, but had only dove in at a few beaches on the Pacific and Indian Ocean.  My ship, the USS Enterprise, was visiting Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines.  I'd spent several prior visits to the Philippines partying all night, nursing hangovers most days.  Sure, that was fun, but after barhopping my way through Honolulu four times, the Philippines twice, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mombasa and Perth, drinking booze had gotten old.  My chief told me I should try SCUBA diving,  and my chief had never steered my wrong.  So, I took his advice and signed up for the PADI open water certification class offered to sailors at Subic Bay Naval Station.

Picture Credit to Anders Poulsen:

The class lasted several days.  Our instructor was a tall Filipino man named Afram.  He knew everything about SCUBA, all the gear, dive tables, hand-signals, wrecks, coral, fish, deep diving, sharks, etc.  Afram knew it all.  It was a completely rewarding experience to go to class every day and learn the science and art of SCUBA diving.  It was exciting and adventurous, especially when we progressed from diving in the recreation center pool to diving in Subic Bay.

Picture Credit to Anders Poulsen

We entered the water from the sandy beach on Grande Island, walking backwards with fins on our feet and air tanks strapped to our backs.  Masks elastic strapped over our faces, regulators that provided air stuffed into our mouths.  Weight belts around out waists.  Afram had told us there were barges sunk in Subic Bay after the Vietnam war.  He explained that the barges formed reefs where fish lived and coral had grown for years.  I had no idea what SCUBA was all about, until we went under the surface of the water and saw the rich diversity of life and color.  I have an overactive imagination to begin with, but this!  This!  This was an experience beyond my wildest ideas.  I truly felt I had entered a realm of science fiction with the most dazzling elements of biology and physics, all swimming and growing around me.  Words fell short, unable to fully describe the amazing experience of floating deep beneath the water's surface, able to breath, in this alien environment.

Photo Credit to Johan's Diver Resort, Subic Bay, Philippines:  

I'll never forget the schools of fish, giant clams, vibrant green plants and brilliant coloured corals.  That was the first time I'd been under water (30 feet down) for a sustained period of time.  We swam all over the barges checking out the fish and the corals.  After that I went on to SCUBA dive in Hawaii, California, North Carolina, Florida and Greece.  If you have tried SCUBA you know, but if you haven't tried SCUBA . . . well, all I can say is you should try it.  SCUBA, especially in warm, clear ocean water is amazing.

Here are links to charter companies who can take you diving on the barges in Subic Bay:

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Sunken Treasure Discovered on YouTube

"As a kid you want to discover new things and tell people about them.  That was the driving force.  I dreamed of spending the rest of my life exploring the oceans."  SS Amour

When I'm not exploring the oceans, I'm roving YouTube using key words such as Sea Story, Shipwreck, Sunken Treasure, Sea Monster or Sailing Adventure.  It's like hauling a fishing net up from the depths.  Sometimes you catch an old boot, sometimes you dredge up something interesting.  Today I searched YouTube for Sea Stories and set the filters to show new videos, sorted by most viewed.  To my pleasant surprise, I found:

Exploring the Deep Sea for Shipwrecks and Sunken Planes

This video features Steven Saint Amour, a subsea explorer and COO of The Eclipse Group based in Annapolis, Maryland who has been searching for shipwrecks for over 30 years.

Eclipse Services:

• Marine services • Vessel operations and management • Subsea services - ROV operations - Diving operations • Government services • Civil and military air crash investigation • Construction and infrastructure - Survey - Cable and pipeline

Eclipse Accomplishments:

  • 1999 Discovery of the Israeli Submarine INS DAKAR Depth 3,000 meters 
  • 2000 Search and Recovery of H-2 Rocket Depth 3,400 meters 
  • 2000 Search and Recovery of a IAF F-16 Depth 1,400 meters 
  • 2000 Recovery of the INS/DAKAR Coning tower Depth 3,000 meters 
  • 2000 RMS Titanic Inspection Depth 3,700 meters 
  • 2003 Search and Recovery USN SH-60 Helicopter Depth 2,900 meters 
  • 2003 Search and Recovery USN F-14 Tomcat Depth 3,200 meters 
  • 2005 Search and Recovery Tunic ATR-72 Depth 1,450 meters 
  • 2007 Search and Recovery Adam Air, Boeing 737 Depth 1,400 meters 
  • 2009 Search and Recovery Yemeni Air Airbus 310 Depth 1,200 meters 
  • 2010 Search and Inspection AHS CENTUAR Depth 1,200 meters 
  • 2011 Recovery of Air France Flight 447 Depth 3,900 meters 

Find out more on their website:

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