Dr. Tony Barrow M.Ed, Ph.D, a local marine historian, taught in secondary, further and higher education until his retirement in 2007. He still teaches part-time as an associate lecturer of the Open University and visiting lecturer of Sunderland University. He is widely published on many aspects of the maritime history of north east England.
Dr. Barrow is the author of (among others):
Collingwood’s Northumbrians (2009)
Trafalgar Geordies and North Country Seamen of Nelson's Navy 1793-1815 (2005)
The Whaling Trade of North-east England 1750-1850 (2001)
Walks Around the Old Coal Ports of Northumberland: Seaton Sluice, Blyth and Amble (1992)
Walks Around the Old Grain Ports of Northumberland: Alnmouth, Seahouses and Berwick (1995)
If Google, Wikipedia & Amazon are to be believed (and they have been used extensively on this site) a Tony Barrow has also written several books about the Beatles. Clearly a man of many talents. This could be interesting in many ways.