Mr. Trunnell, Mate of the Ship 'Pirate' (1900) is a sea novel by Thornton Jenkins Hains. Excerpt from the book: "I found myself, not so many years ago, 'on the beach' at Melbourne, in Australia. To be on the beach is not an uncommon occurrence for a sailor; but, since the question is suggested, I will say that I was not a very dissipated young fellow of twenty-five, for up to that time I had never even tasted rum in any form, although I had followed the sea for seven years. I had held a mate's berth, and as I did not care to ship before the mast on the first vessel bound out, I had remained ashore until a threatening landlord made it necessary for me to become less particular as to occupation. It was a time when mates were plenty and men were few, so I made the rounds of the shipping houses with little hope of getting a chance to show my papers. These, together with an old quadrant, a nautical almanac, a thick pea coat, and a pipe, were all I possessed of this world's goods..." Artist Bio Author: Thornton Jenkins Hains (1866-1953) was a popular American sea novelist best known today for his role in the murder of William Annis.