This historical novel is the second in a trilogy about George Eefamy who at the age of thirteen has run away to sea from his home in Poole in order to escape from a tyrannical Victorian household. The start of "Blue Sailing" (the sequel to "Number Eighteen") sees George stow away on a three masted sailing ship. By good fortune the captain and owner of the ship, Mr Penaluna, is sympathetic and adopts him as a regular member of the crew. George has many adventures and soon realises that seafaring is the only life for him. Eventually he becomes the ship's cook, a role in which he excels.'Blue Sailing' was a term used by sailors to differentiate themselves from sailors who merely plied their trade in coastal waters and refers to traversing an area of sea where no land is in sight. The surname Eefamy is an old English name and holders of that name can be found in the Poole area of Dorset, while Penaluna is an old Cornish name. The story is loosely based on the true life of the author's wife's grandfather who really did have stepmother trouble and ran away to sea.