Welcome and all aboard for “Captains All,” an adventure story with a surreal ending.

Frank Ellsworth Lockwood

Thank you for viewing my pages.

My name is Frank Ellsworth Lockwood, and I am the author of “Captains All: The Final Cruise”, released in November, 2013.

A Manchester, England boy rebels and runs away seeking adventures and freedom in America.

As a youth, the hero escapes religious bondage, the drudgery of the mines and what seems to him like servitude.

Decades later, the same hero becomes delirious when an earthquake collapses his cabin. He fantasizes that a horde of gods has surrounded his embattled ship. You might call it a coming of age story, but one for people of all ages.

This is a novel about freedom and belonging: The hero struggles to discover where he fits into the larger picture: The characters face physical, social, sand psychological barriers to freedom and self-determination, not to mention spiritual distractions. I hope that you will enjoy reading it.

Writing the book
Captains All
took well over ten years to write, and although I did not write 40 hours per week, the project consumed my life for the better part of 13 years. During this time I lost my wife of 38 years to pancreatic cancer. The first three years after her death, I wrote like a zombie: Everything took longer than normal. Then there was the time that my computer went down and I lost almost everything, most of my drafts. So  I had to start over. It has been a learning experience.

My next novel
People are always asking me, when will you begin your next novel? The answer is that I have been working on my next novel for most of my life. The most extensive part of writing a novel often takes place long before we ever turn on the computer and start pounding the keys. A lot of thought is involved, and there are sometimes dead ends. At times the process seems like a labyrinth, out of which we may never emerge. But I believe that if we are faithful, if we keep at it, a story emerges, just as the character in my first novel emerges from the sea, a book comes to life, gasping for its first breath, as we start to put the words on paper, or in my case, in the memory banks of my computer.

An expensive hobby
I have worn out several computers producing this work! The letters have long since worn off my two laptops. One of them has several keys missing, yet I type away. The computer that I am presently using is an ASUS and the keys are getting to the point that you almost have to pound them. This is starting to take a toll on my hands, so I may need to think about this. Do I need a new computer? Or can the old ones be repaired.

What computer next?
I seem to never discard these old laptops. Although I have gone through several desktop computers, I tend to keep the laptops. I got rid of one perfectly good desktop computer because I was running out of space for them all. Now I wish I had kept it, in case I ever want to use one for a server. Someone got a really good deal on that computer.

I better stop for now, as I seem to be rambling again. Cheers to all, and to all a good write.

Captains All: A one-sentence desription

A one-sentence summary:

Boyhood adventures lead our hero to confront himself, and to forge new world-views.

A forty-word summary:

“A fourteen-year-old Manchester boy flees to America seeking freedom and independence: A surreal conflict with the gods has not been part of his plan, but a natural catastrophe renders him unconscious, and he boards a ghost ship among colorful characters, haunting memories … and long-forgotten fears.”

Purchase the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Captains-All-Frank-Ellsworth-Lockwood/dp/1481988522/

Note to publishers: This self-published Amazon book is also available for publishers who wish to purchase publishing rights.

The Entertainer Newspaper article

The Entertainer Newspaper article

Just ran across this article that was posted in the Entertainer several months back. I had not posted it because (I think at least that) this web page did not exist at the time. Enjoy:


Thanks to all of my good friends who have bought and read my book. If you have not seen it yet, you can find a copy now at: https://www.createspace.com/4133264




Bonnie Jean says my book is good!

My sister Bonnie Jean Price of North Carolina called today to tell me that my book “Captains All” by me, Frank Ellsworth Lockwood, was really good! 

Thanks Bonnie Jean! I am glad you liked it. I hope you don’t mind if I post an old-time photo of you here.

Isn’t she a hearth throb? June 1961, kids! We remember when we had no telephone, not television, just a big radio in the living room.

We were raised in Santa Cruz, California. This photo was taken at our house on Brommer Street in the district of Live Oak, about a mile or so from the ocean. I believe this was an Easter photo.

The patio and wall were hand made by my dad, with me helping by mixing the concrete. I have many a happy memory of parties and family barbecues at that house. Our dad used to make the best hamburgers we ever tasted. Wish I could have one right now.

Thanks Bonnie for your careful read and generous comments. 



“I am a carpent…

“I am a carpenter, just like Jesus was a carpenter. Whatever they need … I build it. Sometimes it’s a chapel!” He lowered his pitch … “Sometimes it’s a scaffold.”

The new novel, “Captains All,” by Frank Ellsworth Lockwood, is about a lad whose father chooses a career for him, molds him, prepares him, indoctrinates him, but the boy has plans of his own.

Three fast and easy ways to purchase “Captains All” online

Buy”Captains All” fast at the following links:

Create Space: https://www.createspace.com/4133264

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Captains-All-Frank-Ellsworth-Lockwood/dp/1481988522/

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GQ4U586/

A great novel, a memorable tale, a must-read book by Frank Ellsworth Lockwood will take you back 100 years before your times, and bring you back again. Check it out!

The Book “Captains All” by Frank Ellsworth Lockwood is back at Kindle.

The book was in revision for a couple of days but now “Captains All” is live again at the Kindle Store, and with a money-saving offer. Check it out now at –http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GZ81H4Y


More things I am thankful for:

  1. “Captains All” has also been enrolled in KDP Select, which means it is available for readers to purchase here.
  2.  Amazon Prime Members with a Kindle device may even borrow this book for free through the Kindle Owners Lending Library (good until December 1, 2012, I believe).

For more information see: Learn more about Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

Captains All: The Final Cruise by Frank Ellsworth Lockwood is now available …

Short Description
Manchester, England: A youth dreams of sailing to America, and ends up in the Selkirk Mountains, working on a transcontinental railroad until the “Snow Spirits” come and drive them away. As always, he returns to the sea.

The new book

    “Captains All”

ISBN-13: 978-1481988520 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1481988522
BISAC: Fiction / Action & Adventure

(formerly “The Final Cruise”) is now available from three outlets, take your pick:




This is my first full length book, my first novel.

Although I have written many news stories, it is exciting to be able to add to the list of accomplishments that magical word: novelist. Now all I need to do is get the word out, and I hope that you, my reader, will help me with this, and if you do, I will be forever grateful.

Thank you for reading or reviewing the book and making my joy complete.

That’s it. Enjoy your reading.