||What is Seawrack Press?
In 1984, when my wife and I bought a small summer cottage on the south shore of Tenants Harbor, Maine, we noticed immediately that it was in a direct line of the northeast storms that occasionally spin through the area. These storms push ocean and harbor debris, including various forms of seaweed, up on the rocks. As this debris is known as ‘seawrack,’ we immediately gave that name to the house.
A decade later, after retiring from thirty years of management consulting and needing a new corporate entity as publisher of Risk Management Reports, a periodical that I founded in 1974 and had edited ever since, I almost naturally picked out Seawrack Press, Inc.
Zotera marina v. latifolia is the Latin name for the type of seaweed often dislodged by these storms. It has a modest literary significance, as James Joyce incorporated the word in the third chapter, Proteus, of Ulysses, when he wrote ‘Ineluctable modality of the visible: at least that if no more, thought through my eyes. Signatures of all things I am here to read, seaspawn and seawrack, the nearing tide, that rusty boot. Snotgreen, bluesilver, rust: coloured signs.’
So perhaps Seawrack Press is intended to be a medium through which I can read visible signs!
Seawrack Press published Risk Management Reports from 1994 until March 2007, when its ownership and editorship were passed into younger and abler hands. In 1999 it published Christopher A. Duncan's Managing Service Providers, a monograph describing some of the practical techniques by which risk managers might manage their service provider relationships, primarily those dealing with insurance brokers.
In 2005 two more books appeared: Swannsong, from my wife Ann’s pen, a murder mystery about a dysfunctional family, set in a small Maine fishing village with a remarkable similarity to Tenants Harbor, and Mumpsimus Revisited: Essays on Risk Management, which I wrote using past essays from the periodical.
In 2008, Seawrack Press published my second book of essays, The Fantods of Risk, in 2010, Ann's second mystery, Isobel's Odyssey, in 2011 my personal history, Dead Reckoning, and Ann's third mystery, A Diamond To Die For in 2013.