'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...

New Catalogue Out Now

Our Autumn Catalogue is now available, sporting on the cover an 1890s photograph of Birdie on Hornsea Mere in Yorkshire, from Rick Powell's book The Canoe Yawl (November). You can download it here, or use the Contact form to request a copy (giving us a name and address to send it to!) A copy goes out with every order, of course. Read about all our recent and forthcoming titles, and our growing backlist of essential nautical reading.

Stamp of approval for VIOLA

The Hull Steam Trawler VIOLA, subject of our recent book, features in a new set of stamps to be issued 21 June by the South Georgia Post Office; read the full story here.

Around Britain with Help from My Friends

Having told so many friends and family of his plan, when retired, to sail around Great Britain, Rod Shiers was finally obliged to deliver in 2013, pressing into service many of the same people as the very assorted relay crew for his 32ft Westerly Fulmar. Read more about his voyage here.

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.

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

All Aboard! — Around Britain with Help from My Friends

Having told so many friends and family of his plan, when retired, to sail around Great Britain, Rod Shiers was finally obliged to deliver in 2013, pressing into service many of the same people as the very assorted relay crew for his 32ft Westerly Fulmar. The prelude... 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

‘Catalan Castaway’ gets a wonderful review…

… from two writers who really know what they’re talking about. Both Keith Muscott and Paul Constantine put pen to paper for the latest issue of Dinghy Cruising, the quarterly journal of the Dinghy Cruising Association, and we thank them profusely for their... read more

The Falmouth Raid

Well, we got to the Raid, via the End of the Road Festival, where Teal rested in a field for a few days! Our thanks to Keith and Marion Mosley in my ‘ex’, Bunny, for this snap of us, in which the sail was hoisted not quite high enough for good visibility... read more

Strangers in the bight*

* [Sorry!] A large (and often only slightly receding) bay. Some readers will know that I am heavily implicated in The Albert Strange Association, a body which celebrates the life and work of that artist, writer and yacht designer. There are not that many Strange boats... read more

We’re all over CB like a rash!

Last year Classic Boat magazine’s Editor, Dan Houston, called to ask if I’d mind the magazine running some material from our encyclopaedic Cruising Hints by Francis B. Cooke. Well of course not! I sent over the book and thought no more about it until the... read more

New and
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Nautical Writing

Did you miss the Beale Park Boat Show?

Someone posted some wonderful photos on the WoodenBoat Forum here

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