Deservedly back in print...

...is this charming and evocative book by Surgeon Rear Admiral John Muir on his times afloat betwixt and between his Royal Navy service. Here is are first-hand accounts of work afloat before the Great War—in the North Sea fishery, and aboard a working Pilot Cutter. Read more...

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. Read more...

The ideal small sailing cruiser?

Rick Powell thinks so, and in 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...

Holmes is back...

...Yes the book which started this enterprise back in 2009—the complete George Holmes. 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 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, 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 of every one of Tilman’s 15 books, and his biography. 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 all 48 crystal-clear line drawings distilled from her lifetime association with Britain's fishing industry. 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; all this experience is brought to bear in this long-unavailable account of a cruise around post-war France and Iberia. 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.

VIOLA appeal launched

Viola Trustees

VIOLA, the last surviving pre-World War I Hull steam trawler, has edged a bit closer to home this week, with the launch of her official charity appeal and website. With local Hull West MP Alan Johnson as patron, the campaign seeks to raise the estimated £3 million needed to bring VIOLA home from South Georgia, restore her, and put her on display in the home port she last saw in 1914 before departing to war, and a subsequent career in sealing and whaling in the far south Atlantic. Our bestselling book by maritime historians Robb Robinson and Ian Hart relates her extraordinary career, which left her at the remote sub-Antarctic island, to eventually became the target of the Argentine scrap dealers whose attentions sparked the Falklands War in 1982. How fitting that she might even make it home in this year of Hull, City of Culture, and take her rightful place in the city’s docks, as a permanent symbol of the historic local fishing industry, and the unsung part played in wartime by many hundreds of trawlers and their crews, in mine clearance and pursuit of U-boats. Can it really come to pass? It will if enough of you, as we are doing, can make a one-off or regular contribution via the VIOLA website. Pictured are the VIOLA appeal trustees including, 2nd from left, Robb Robinson and far right, Alan Johnson MP.

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