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.


Published by Frank Ellsworth Lockwood

Hello, my name is Frank Ellsworth Lockwood and I am the author of the novel, “Captains All,” formerly “The Final Cruise.” I now live in Kennewick, Washington with my wife Laura and our cat, Iggy. We share six adult children between us. Hobbies: I enjoy playing the guitar, writing, reading and blogging, and gardening. Work History: For about 15 years I taught school, including Migrant Education and English as a Second language in public schools. I also worked as a staff reporter at the weekly newspaper “The Hermiston Herald” for several years. Writing awards: I was honored with eight awards through the Oregon National Newspaper Association. Life Experiences: Include serving aboard ship (USS Los Angeles CA-135 and USS Frontier AD-25) in the US Navy, setting chokers as a logger, delivering milk house to house, repairing photocopiers, and many others. Book: “Captains All (The Final Cruise),” my first full-length novel has been available at Amazon, Kindle, Create Space, and other outlets worldwide. Please try https://www.amazon.com/Captains-All-Frank-Ellsworth-Lockwood/dp/1481988522. Green Party In November 2016, I became involved with organizing a new political party for our region. Green Party of the Mid-Columbia is recognized by Washington Greens and is responsible for evangelizing in five Washington counties: Benton, Franklin, Walla-Walla, Yakima, and Klickitat. Update as of April 25, 2021: With the events of Covid-19 beginning in 2020, my life changed considerably. I had retired and ceased working on novels (although I may start on another one in the future). Most of my time has been consumed with landscaping our half-acre on Rachel Road in Kennewick, Washington. Green Party activities have been mostly on hold and most of that has been turned over to younger folk. My wife Laura and I have been dealing with some aches and pains of older age, but still fairly active. To backtrack a bit, in 2003 my guitar buddy Richard Broker died. Jeannie Lockwood, my wife of 38 years, passed away in 2004. I married Laura in 2008. Please comment below: Your feedback is important to me. Thanks

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