Welcome to the Chubby Chatterbox Newsletter, where I’ll be posting favorites from the Chubby Chatterbox archives. In addition, my complete thriller Return of the Mary Celeste will soon be serialized here for those who have asked for something beyond a regular post.

My novel is based on a true event, arguably the greatest maritime mystery of all time. In 1872 the crew and passengers of Boston brigantine Mary Celeste abandoned their seaworthy ship and its valuable cargo, vanishing in the middle of the Atlantic. Speculation over their fate has never abated. History records that after the Mary Celeste tragedy no one from that fateful voyage was ever seen again. History is about to be rewritten…

Return of the Mary Celeste

Prologue

Tragedy struck the brigantine Mary Celeste on the morning of November 25, 1872. The hourly log was later recovered from the deserted vessel; At 8 a.m. the last notation was made. By 9 a.m. no one remained aboard to chalk the next entry.

Something had terrified Captain Benjamin Briggs and his crew, prompting the seasoned skipper to make a decision certain to affect not only himself, his ship and crew, but his family as well—his wife and two year old daughter were aboard Mary Celeste. Much ink has been spilled in fanciful and scientific attempts to explain the calamity that engulfed this perfectly seaworthy ship, yet all that is known for certain is this: in a matter of minutes Captain Briggs became convinced that the only way to save their lives was by ordering everyone into a hastily launched lifeboat. By giving the order to abandon ship, he also launched the greatest of all maritime mysteries.

On December 5, 1872, a month after leaving New York Harbor, Mary Celeste was found drifting on a calm and empty sea. The ship was in fine condition, perfectly intact with valuable cargo safely stored in her hold, but the crew and passengers had vanished. None were ever seen again.

Until now….

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The Protest (oil) 10'x15'
The Protest (oil) 10'x15'
The Protest (Detail)
The Protest (Detail)
The Protest (Detail)
The Protest (Detail)
The Protest (Detail)
The Protest (Detail)
The Protest (Detail)
The Protest (Detail)
The Protest (Detail)
The Protest (Detail)
Portrait of son CJ (oil on canvas)
Portrait of son CJ (oil on canvas)
 Girl with Scarf (oil on canvas)
Girl with Scarf (oil on canvas)
The Little Sultan: Circumcision Day (oil on canvas)
The Little Sultan: Circumcision Day (oil on canvas)
Detail (The Little Sultan)
Detail (The Little Sultan)
Decision (oil on canvas)
Decision (oil on canvas)
Self-Portrait (oil on canvas)
Self-Portrait (oil on canvas)
oil sketch of Arnold Palmer
oil sketch of Arnold Palmer
Commissioned Portrait (oil on canvas)
Commissioned Portrait (oil on canvas)
Boy in Red Jumper (acrylic on canvas)
Boy in Red Jumper (acrylic on canvas)
Mogie (oil on canvas)
Mogie (oil on canvas)
Oregon Conductor James DePreist (acrylic on canvas)
Oregon Conductor James DePreist (acrylic on canvas)
Mother of the Artist (oil on canvas)
Mother of the Artist (oil on canvas)
Barber (oil on canvas)
Barber (oil on canvas)
Intervention (acrylic on canvas)
Intervention (acrylic on canvas)
Intervention: Detail
Intervention: Detail
Intervention: Detail
Intervention: Detail
Art Class Painting Demo (oil on cardboard)
Art Class Painting Demo (oil on cardboard)
Mark Twain
Mark Twain
Guitar Player
Guitar Player
Mayor Denny Doyle
Mayor Denny Doyle
Self Portrait
Self Portrait
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