THE intriguing stories of the state's seasoned sea stalwarts has been documented by a first-time Tasmanian author.
Andrew Wilson, 38, of Hobart, has spent the past few years talking to seafarers from Storm Bay to Bicheno, Stanley, Launceston, Dunalley and Trail Harbour, to name a few, to produce his maiden book, Old Sea Dogs Of Tasmania .
``I sat down with dad and started to talk about how he started sailing, because I had never asked him before, and it all took off from there,'' Wilson said.
``He started telling me all these stories about rowing around Rosny Point to try and impress the chicks at the local high school and being caught with a headwind on the way back without having caught the ladies' attention.
``He suggested I should talk to people at the Bellerive Yacht Club, which led onto other people.''
Wilson said he first made a self published version of the book with just a few stories, before publisher Paul County told him to expand the scope statewide.
ifOld Sea Dogs Of Tasmania features black and white portraits and tells the stories and history of seafarers in the state.
``A lot of these old codgers have a lot to talk about as they have 70 to 80 years of wisdom and knowledge that is there from people to learn from,'' Wilson said.
``It is telling a documentary with stills and words rather than film.''
Wilson was in Launceston to launch the book yesterday.