William McFee

English, 1881 - 1966

William McFee was one of the twentieth century’s most beloved authors of sea stories. He spent a large portion of his own life at sea, including its first moments; he was born on his father’s three-masted ship Erin’s Isle. While working as an engineer on ships owned by the United Fruit Company, he wrote dozens of books about seafaring adventures. He also wrote book reviews for The New York Times, including Zelda Fitzgerald’s favorite unfavorable review for her novel Save Me the Waltz.