Introduction – Opinions, Stories, History and all sorts of Energy

A View from Mayglass

This is a personal view from a small village in rural Ireland.

I am a sailor who spent 39 years at sea as a Marine Engineer – 30 of those years were spent as Chief Engineer on  internationally trading passenger ships with passenger certificates to carry up to 2,000 passengers.

My family were always known as “engine men” with my great-grandfather being one of the first to have a tractor in Wexford in 1916/17.

My grandfather was a steam man with four corn threshing sets in service locally during the 2nd World War. The last year my father threshed for hire was 1972 around the Carne area of South Wexford.

Given this background and the fact that my first ship was a steam ship – I like steam power.

My mothers brothers and their cousins were interested in renewable energy. One uncle, again during the 2nd World War modified dynamos to construct wind-chargers – he reckoned he sold about 30 during this period. My grandmothers house was wired for 110 Volts DC power provided by a wind-charger with a petrol generating set as a backup from the late 1940′s. Rural electrification did not reach the area until mid to late ’50′s. From this I developed an interest in renewables and specifically wind-power.

I want to draw attention to the subjects which interest me, maybe others may also find them interesting.

I also want to draw attention to books which I have read so a short review of each book will be written so that over a period a lot of interesting books may be brought to your attention.

I hope you find this site interesting  -  Anthony

The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: Too late.
— Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

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