He started performing on stage as a child, singing, playing a guitar, banjo and harmonica. He comes from a musical New England family with a whaling heritage. While going through college and working at the South Street Seaport Museum as a writer, he was one of the top performers at the country’s Bicentennial celebration Parade of Sail in New York City harbor in 1976. After college, he returned to his Vineyard home and started working as a reporter for the award-winning weekly newspaper Vineyard Gazette, a newspaper with readership in 50 states and over 12 foreign countries. Mark spends most of his time writing about the waterfront.
His vocation and avocation have taken him on extended trips on fishing boats and oceanographic research vessels from New Bedford out to Georges Bank and into Cape Cod Bay. In fact he has been on just about every kind of vessel there is, from freighter to tall ship, from the Pacific Ocean to the Baltic Sea; sometimes singing, sometimes carrying a notebook and camera.