AB & OS is the brainchild of Peter Turner (Woodbridge, UK) whose pen name is Galf (a contraction of “Grand Alf”, a nickname from another life).

Starting out his working life as a draftsman, Peter later moved on to become a freelance electrical consulting engineer, specialising in lighting and elevator design. After a few failed attempts he finally retired in 2005, when he rediscovered his love for cartooning and soon had a regular cartoon strip published in Warships IFR magazine.

Peter can be contacted at or at

This website would not exist were it not for the notion, the encouragement and the mucho mucho help from Graham Jupp, a friend who creates and sells fonts and dingbats (and much else) for computers. And he’s a great host, but for Peter, not you. Please check out his website or use the link over there, up on the right. By using fontgod you will not earn me a brass razoo (as Graham puts it – he’s from Oz) but you will reduce my moral debt to him by a smidgeon.

Peter is also a member of The 1805 Club and of The Society for Nautical Research, and recommends a visit to their websites and if you like things about maritime history. Incidentally, Peter happens to be the editor of The 1805 Club’s twice-yearly magazine Kedge Anchor, which is issued free to all members of the club, and its little brother, KA Digest, which is issued online, via the website, to everyone interested, every two months.

If you are interested in the Sea Miles, etc. page, then check out the link to BWMA, who are striving to remove the criminalisation of traditional imperial measures in the UK and the world.

And, if you’re interested in any other nautical terms, check out the Dictiopaedia. If you click on the Naval Stuff Main Page it will explain the whats and whys of it – or just go straight to the letter you want on a sub-page. But be patient if it hasn’t yet been uploaded – I’ve only got two pairs of hands!

Regular visitors will have noticed the link to Woodbridge Tide Mill. My part-time day job is as editor of their monthly digital newsletter, available to all via their website.

Not long ago, Peter Hore, a staunch fan and senior member of The 1805 Club, persuaded me that I could write, which resulted in my contributing seven articles, plus the map and other amanuensis work, to his acclaimed book Nelson’s Band of Brothers, published in 2015. Also, I’ve started contributing to The Trafalgar Chronicle, the yearbook of The 1805 Club, and started off with a regular cartoon spot in Kedge Anchor, which is the six-monthly periodical issued by and for the same club. Lately I have taken over as the editor of Kedge Anchor.