An author has told of his joy after finally publishing his book about an Aberdeen trawler lost at sea.
Mark Quinn’s book, Someday We’ll Understand, explores the mystery of what happened to North Sea fishing trawler Doris Burton, which disappeared on November 21 1914.
It took two years to write the book and the Evening Express previously featured Mark’s appeal to help trace relatives of the nine men who were aboard the boat.
The 115ft boat was built in the city but went missing in the North Sea and no one knows what happened to the ill-fated trawler.
Mark told of his delight at getting the book published, and said: “It worked out really good. It was just published last month. I got it published with Amazon.
“It took over two years to write.
“I was so pleased. My main focus was to get the story out. It’s everything that I imagined.
“Finding out information and researching we’ve found family members of the crew and some things that were never found before which was really exciting.
“When I had the piece in the paper people just responded.
“If it wasn’t for The Evening Express I wouldn’t have got as far as I did.”
And Manchester-based Mark, 49, who works part-time at Ikea, said things have gone well since the book was published.
He said: “It was heartwarming to put some of the story together.
“I got a response from the Guildhall Library in London and they’re going to put it in their maritime section. I’m so pleased.”
Among the relatives Mark managed to speak to was the skipper’s great-granddaughter.
“It was a journey. It was such a pleasure,” he added.
“There’s so many books being published these days but it’s been well received.”
Mark began working on the story after a work colleague mentioned it.
He said: “I had a colleague at Ikea. She just said to me about her great-grandad who went out on a fishing trawler and was never heard from again.
“I thought ‘that’s interesting’ so I asked ‘could I have your permission to look a bit more into it?’
“I just started finding things out. I just sort of got hooked.”