‘Viola’ — and the Bookshop at the Bottom of the World

VIOLA—The Life and Times of a Hull Steam Trawler, just published, is an engrossing read in its own right, and is riding the crest of a wave of interest in all matters World War I, especially as it affected the British at home. Some 800 trawlers and their crews,...

‘Blokes’ and ‘An Eye’ in Yachting Monthly

Colin Jarman reviewed Blokes Up North and An Eye for a Boat in October’s Yachting Monthly; here are some highlights. Of Blokes, the account by two Royal Marines officers of their North-west Passage expedition in a 17ft open boat : Written with alternating...

CB250 Centenarian ‘Sauntress’ is no square…

Readers of Classic Boat magazine will hardly need introducing to Sauntress, the stunning 28ft gaff cutter built in 1913 by Wright & Harris in Cardiff. She made the CB ‘Top 200’ boats in a reader poll some years ago, so of course was still listed when...

The Chandlery at the North End of the West End

At the top end of London’s Shaftesbury Avenue there has existed, for the past 125 years, and elsewhere for 400 years altogether as a maker and supplier of rope, the yacht chandlery Arthur Beale Ltd. It has somehow survived into 2014 with no online presence, and...