Functional beauty in timber

Forthright and Steadfast were two of many wooden fishing boats created by the Peterhead firm of Richard Irvin & Sons from the 1950s to the 1970s, and their names characterise the entire output of the yard. In Forthright & Steadfast artist, photographer and fishing industry journalist Gloria Wilson gives us her appreciation, in words and some one hundred photos and drawings, of the boats themselves and some of the individuals who designed, built and operated them. Read more.

The story of a much-loved book and its Good Little Ship

Good Little Ship is a blend of literary criticism, maritime history and sheer celebration. Author and journalist Peter Willis analyses a classic of maritime literature – Arthur Ransome’s We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea – and recounts the story of the Nancy Blackett, Ransome’s own boat which appears as the Goblin in his story and continues to give pleasure to many young sailors. Read more

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 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.

Stranger goings on in Woodbridge

Readers may recall a year or so ago this post on the comings and goings of some beautiful Albert Strange canoe yachts at Woodbridge in Suffolk. Well the Strange population on the East Coast has increased again, by one. I don’t wish to upstage Tally Ho‘s... read more

Nancy Blackett meets Arthur Beale on 16 November

For those in the London area with an interest in the world of Arthur Ransome, a date for your diary is 6.30pm on Thursday 16 November, when Peter Willis, author of our upcoming Good Little Ship, will be speaking on Ransome, his classic tale We Didn’t Mean to Go... read more

TALLY HO – A New Lease of Life

As many readers will know by now, the young English sailor and boatwright Leo Goolden has taken on Tally Ho, the Albert Strange 1937 Fastnet winner preserved for the past few years by the Albert Strange Association. She was trucked some hundreds of miles north from... read more

Can you help rescue Albert Strange’s TALLY HO?

Tally Ho and La Goleta approaching the Fastnet Rock, by David Cobb RSMA Readers may know that I am implicated in The Albert Strange Association, the fan club for the Victorian & Edwardian artist, yacht designer, sailor and writer. Over the years the ASA has... read more

VIOLA appeal launched

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... read more

Run up your colours with our new T-Shirt!

We haven’t burdened it with our name—we figured that those who recognise the design won’t need it, and others may be sufficiently curious to engage you in conversation. It’s well-made in high-quality dark blue heavyweight cotton, and sizes are generous in girth and... read more

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