To the ends of the earth

Half a century ago a band of young men set out to climb, for the first time, one of the world’s most inaccessible mountains, deep in the Southern Ocean. Just getting there would be a challenge in itself, and this is where the redoubtable sailor and navigator H W ‘Bill’ Tilman came in. Our new edition of this long-out-of-print book by expedition member Philip Temple relates the voyage and the climb with many previously unpublished photos. Read more...

The ideal small sailing cruiser?

Rick Powell thinks so, and in his book The Canoe Yawl he describes and illustrates its Victorian origins, why we should consider it for estuary and coastal cruising, some of the personalities associated with it, some notable surviving examples, and a twenty-first century approach to building one. Read more...

Deservedly back in print...

...on 7 October, after nearly seventy years’ obscurity, is this charming and evocative collection of reminiscences by Surgeon Rear Admiral John Muir of his times afloat betwixt and between his Royal Navy service. Here will be found rare first-hand accounts of life and work afloat before the Great War—in the North Sea fishery, and aboard a Pilot Cutter in the notorious Bristol Channel, with its credulity-taxing anecdote regarding the recovery of the cutter’s dinghy, or ‘punt’. Read more...

Holmes is back...

...Yes the book which started this enterprise back in 2009, and by whose success we were encouraged (or sufficiently deluded) to carry on, appears in a new softcover edition on 4 November. It's all there: the biography and design commentaries by Humber Yawl Club archivist Tony Watts, together with countless cruise accounts, articles, illustrations and designs by George Holmes himself. And for this edition we're delighted that the Yorkshire poet, writer and broadcaster Ian McMillan, the 'Bard of Barnsley' with a soft spot for Humberside, has contributed a Foreword. Read more...

‘Affordable English Classics’

Thomas Harrison Butler designed primarily small to medium sized family yachts of a classical beauty, and their owners today are an enthusiastic and far-flung family themselves. Here is a long-awaited and redesigned Fifth Edition of HB's book on design and fitting out, with most of his best-loved designs illustrated with drawings and photos, including a new colour gallery of HB yachts. Read more...

'No pay, no prospects, not much pleasure'

So, he claimed (perhaps in jest), wrote H. W. Tilman in a crew recruitment advertisement in The Times circa 1960. We however offer you the prospect of considerable pleasure (but still no pay) in reading a new Collected Edition, jointly published by Lodestar Books with the climbing specialists Vertebrate Publishing, of every one of Tilman’s 15 books. Read more...

'Comely and exemplary...'

Is how artist Gloria Wilson describes the fishing boat Delightful which adorns the cover of her new book; it might apply to this entire collection of 48 crystal-clear line drawings distilled from her lifetime association with Britain's fishing industry. Vessels in wood and steel, principally of Scotland but with a few from North-East England, are depicted both afloat and ashore, revealing the beauty of form dictated by their natural element. Gloria's knowledgeable Introduction and captions, and Mike Smylie's Foreword, complete Fishing Boats of Scotland, a fine record of a distinctive regional maritime tradition. Read more...

'Incapable of writing a dull sentence...'

George Millar trained as an architect, worked as a journalist, and in the Second World War became a soldier much-decorated by both France and the United Kingdom, his activities being recorded in a number of books; all this experience is brought to bear in a series of three further books describing his post-war European cruises in classic wooden vessels. Two of these have already been re-issued, and we are privileged to bring you this third title—A White Boat from England—now available. Read more...

Albert Strange

Albert Strange leaves us agape at his assured grasp of the fields of painting, writing, sailing and of course the yacht design for which he is perhaps best remembered today. We're delighted to bring you our new, revised edition of this book by John Leather and The Albert Strange Association. Read more here.

Ken Duxbury 1923–2016

We are very sad to report the death on Wednesday 10 August, at the age of 92, of Ken Duxbury. Ken’s long career embraced Naval service, sailing instruction, founding the boatbuilding business which was later to become Cornish Crabbers, sailing journalism in... read more

Sabrina close hauled

Sabrina, above and cover girl Mischief III are examples of Harrison Butler’s 26ft Yonne design,and in fact a third example was there at Beaulieu last night with a further 6 HB beauties, for the Harrison Butler Association’s autumn meet and dinner. Your... read more

‘No pay, no prospects, not much pleasure’

So, he claimed (perhaps in jest), wrote H. W. Tilman in a crew recruitment advertisement in The Times circa 1960. We however offer you the prospect of considerable pleasure (but still no pay) in reading a new Collected Edition, jointly published by Lodestar Books with... read more

‘Comely and exemplary’

…is how artist Gloria Wilson describes the fishing boat Delightful which adorns the cover of her new book; it might apply to this entire collection of 48 crystal-clear line drawings distilled from her lifetime association with Britain’s fishing industry.... read more

‘Incapable of writing a dull sentence’

If I could recall where I read that about George Millar I would happily credit its writer for a statement as close to the truth as makes no practical difference. Having enjoyed the author’s re-issued Oyster River and Isabel and the Sea in recent years, I was a little... read more

Stamp of approval for VIOLA

When the Governor of the Falkland Islands—whose dependencies include the island of South Georgia—read our book Viola, The Life and Times of a Hull Steam Trawler, presented to him by the team of salvage experts who visited the vessel late last year, he was sufficiently... read more

Albert Strange—Yacht Designer and Artist

We are delighted and privileged to bring you our new edition of this book written in 1990 by the late John Leather, based on research by The Albert Strange Association. The ASA was formed in the late 1970s following the chance discovery, by a historian of the... read more

Tom Cunliffe on ‘Catalan Castaway’ in Yachting World

Tom Cunliffe was so taken with Ben Crawshaw’s shoestring sailing adventures on the Catalan Coast of Spain, and with our book in which Ben describes them with great modesty and honesty, that he secured three entire pages of the new issue of Yachting World to... read more

‘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... read more

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... read more

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... read more

New and
Neglected
Nautical Writing

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