William M. Timlin was an English architect, illustrator and painter who spent most of his life in South Africa. Timlin wrote and illustrated a personal book project, originally intended for his son, titled The Ship that Sailed to Mars. Timlin worked on the project for two years, and it was eventually published in an edition that included his hand-lettered text rather than being typeset with 48 pages of text and 48 color plates of Timlin’s illustrations.
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night sailed off in a wooden shoe — sailed on a river of crystal light, Into a sea of dew. "Where are you going, and what do you wish?" the old moon asked the three. "We have come to fish for the herring fish that live in this beautiful sea; nets of silver and gold have we!" said Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.