Frank Thomas Bullen

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Frank Thomas Bullen (1857–1915), British author and novelist, was born of poor parents in Paddington, London, on 5 April 1857, and was educated for a few years at a dame school and Westbourne school, Paddington. At the age of 9 he left school and took up work as an errand boy. In 1869 he went to sea and travelled to all parts of the world in various capacities including that of second mate of the Harbinger[1] and chief mate of the Day Dawn, under Capt. J. R. H. Ward jun.[2] In 1883 he became a clerk in the Meteorological Office until 1889. His reputation was made over the publication of The Cruise of the " Cachelot" (1906); and he also wrote, amongst other books, Idylls of the Sea (1899); Sea Wrack (1903); The Call of the Deep (1907) and A Compleat Sea Cook (1912), besides many articles and essays. He lectured extensively and was highly critical of Australasia's lack of defences against what he saw as imminent naval threats from Germany and Japan.[3] He died at Madeira on 1 March 1915.

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Cruise of the "Cachalot": Round the World After Sperm Whales, 1889
  • The Log of a Sea-Waif, 1899
  • Idylls of the Sea, 1899
  • With Christ At Sea, 1900
  • Sea Wrack, 1903
  • The Call of the Deep, 1907
  • Beyond, 1909
  • A Compleat Sea Cook, 1912
  • Deep Sea Plunderings, 1901
  • A Sack of Shakings, 1901
  • A Whaleman's Wife, 1902
  • A Bounty Boy: Being Some Adventures of a Christian Barbarian on an unpremeditated Trip Round the World, 1907
  • Songs of Sea Labour, 1914
  • Stories of Whales & Other Sea Creatures
  • The Men of the Merchant Service
  • Back to Sunny Seas
  • Frank Brown Sea Apprentice
  • Denizens of the Deep
  • The Apostles of the Southeast
  • The Way they Have In the Navy
  • A Son of the Sea
  • Advance Australia
  • Confessions of a Tradesman
  • The Seed of the Righteous
  • Our Heritage the Sea
  • The Biter South
  • The Salvage of a Sailor
  • The Pirate Hunter
  • Young Nemisis
  • Sea Spray
  • Apostles South East Sea
  • Sea Puritans
  • The Way of A Ship
  • Songs of Sea Labour

Obituary[edit]

Royal Geographic Society, 22 February 1915

The well-known lecturer, and writer of stirring sea stories, Mr. Frank T. Bullen, who died towards the end of February, was a Fellow of this Society from 1898 until a couple of years ago. A son of Mr. F. R. Bullen, of Crewkerne, Dorset, he led a roving and adventurous life from quite an early age, and many of the most thrilling episodes in his books were records of his own experiences. After various adventures on shore he went to sea in 1869, and for some years roughed it in various capacities in the merchant service, suffering great hardships, as vividly described in 'The Log of a Sea Waif' and other books. He was keenly interested in the bettering the condition and raising the moral tone of our merchant seamen, and many of his books were of a semi-religious character. In his latter years he was known as a successful lecturer and a writer of miscellaneous stories and articles in addition to his books. He had lived for some years at Melbourne, near Cambridge.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Harbinger. London. 1506 tons. Built at Greenock. 1876. Frank Bullen was second mate of this ship, 1876, retrieved 2 December 2013 
  2. ^ "The Adelaide Steamship Company". The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 13 May 1922. p. 12. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Mr. Frank Bullen Outspoken". The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929) (Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia). 28 July 1906. p. 6. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 

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