Photos from the launch of John 'Stinker' Clarke's new book, Kerosene Tin Jim

The life story of legendary Bay character Dimitrios Georgis Karageorgis is now publicly available following the official launch of illustrated book Kerosene Tin Jim - The Man Who Loved An Island.

Written by Port Stephens fishing identity John 'Stinker' Clarke and illustrated by Nelson Bay artist Ileana Clarke (no relation), their third collaboration, the book tells the true tale of Mr Karageorgis' journey from Greece to Australia and then to Port Stephens.

Mr Karageorgis lived and fished on Broughton Island for 49 years before returning to Nelson Bay where he died in the early 1970s.

A small book launch was held in Fingal Bay on November 13.

The book is now available for purchase through stinker.com.au, newsagents and bookshops in Port Stephens and the Port Stephens Artisan Gallery at d'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay.

Books will sell for $15 each.