Strange goings on in Woodbridge

Some readers will know that I am fairly heavily implicated in The Albert Strange Association—the fan club for that Victorian/Edwardian ‘Rennaissance Man’. England’s East Coast (as we call the Thames Estuary, compared to which England’s... read more

Retrieving the pilot cutter’s dinghy

You’ll have spotted that our latest title Messing About in Boats has just appeared. As a correspondent familiar with the first edition wrote to me yesterday, a delightful book of real sailing from a man who comes over as being kind, compassionate and... read more

Viola edges a step nearer to home

We heard the other day from Viola principal author Robb Robinson, who tells us: We have secured the support of the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) and their permission to recover the vessel, providing we carry out an environmental... read more

Subantarctic Evening

A crowded room in the West End of London was certainly enchanted last night as author, climber and sailor Philip Temple, visiting from New Zealand, spoke about the Tilman-skippered expedition in which he participated, fifty years ago, to reach and climb the 9,000ft... read more

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, left, 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

‘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

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Strange goings on in Woodbridge

Some readers will know that I am fairly heavily implicated in The Albert Strange Association—the fan club for that Victorian/Edwardian ‘Rennaissance Man’. England’s East Coast (as we call the Thames Estuary, compared to which England’s... read more

Retrieving the pilot cutter’s dinghy

You’ll have spotted that our latest title Messing About in Boats has just appeared. As a correspondent familiar with the first edition wrote to me yesterday, a delightful book of real sailing from a man who comes over as being kind, compassionate and... read more

Viola edges a step nearer to home

We heard the other day from Viola principal author Robb Robinson, who tells us: We have secured the support of the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) and their permission to recover the vessel, providing we carry out an environmental... read more

Subantarctic Evening

A crowded room in the West End of London was certainly enchanted last night as author, climber and sailor Philip Temple, visiting from New Zealand, spoke about the Tilman-skippered expedition in which he participated, fifty years ago, to reach and climb the 9,000ft... read more

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, left, 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

‘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