New and Neglected Nautical Writing

Getting sea-value

Getting sea-value

My good friend Fabian Bush built me a (-noth­er!) boat a few years ago and we launched her togeth­er in 2014 at West Mersea in Essex. Teal is named for the ‘small dab­bling duck’ in recog­ni­tion of the dir­ec­tion my sail­ing was expec­ted to take in my dot­age, and she has…

Words written on water

Words written on water

Our first book had sold out a few years before, and we had the feel­ing it was time for a new edi­tion in our now-stand­ard robust soft­cov­er format, and that there remained an unplumbed audi­ence among people who, though per­haps not habitu­al read­ers of sail­ing books,…

An invitation I couldn’t resist

An invitation I couldn’t resist

Charlie Stock was a sin­gu­lar sail­or, who was for sixty years a part of the scenery on his home waters of the Thames Estuary. In his last book, pub­lished posthum­ously, he describes and handles the local fea­tures and haz­ards meet­ing the small boat sail­or, not only in…

A legacy of riches

A legacy of riches

When barely six­teen I spent two months with my slightly young­er broth­er Dave hitch-hik­ing, and often rough sleep­ing, around Scotland watch­ing birds. We went as far north as the Shetland isle Fetlar to see the snowy owls which bred there, and man­aged to cadge an…

That unique engagement

That unique engagement

For most of my life my sail­ing was of the arm­chair kind, and in the mid-1970s much of it was in the delight­ful com­pany of Ken Duxbury, a writer whose light touch belies the skill and resource­ful­ness which under­pinned the voy­ages made by him and his wife B. in their…

In all weathers by a crew of two

In all weathers by a crew of two

Tom Cunliffe writes:For fifty glor­i­ous years from the time of the 1861 Pilotage Act until the Great War nailed down the coffin lid on com­mer­cial sail, the Bristol Channel was a free-for-all for com­pet­it­ive pilot­ing. This great fun­nel of tide-swept water stood wide…

James Wharram 1928–2021

James Wharram 1928–2021

With sad­ness, but appre­ci­ation of his life and achieve­ments, we report that James Wharram died on Tuesday 14 December at the age of 93. He leaves an unpar­alleled leg­acy in his devel­op­ment of, and voy­aging in, afford­able sea-going craft mod­elled on the Polynesian…

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Loft Floor launch party

Loft Floor launch party

We had a great turnout at arts venue The Cornish Bank in Falmouth on Saturday, to cel­eb­rate the launch of Christian Topf’s book From the Loft Floor to the Sea, on the build­ing of the Falmouth pilot cut­ter Pellew. Taking pic­tures was not our pri­or­ity, but here are…

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Then three come along…

Then three come along…

We did­n’t plan it this way, but events con­spired to make three block­busters (by our mod­est stand­ards) turn up from the print­er in one month. All are now in stock and avail­able to order. The big one weighs in at just under two kilo­grammes, and it upset our…

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James Wharram 1928–2021

James Wharram 1928–2021

With sad­ness, but appre­ci­ation of his life and achieve­ments, we report that James Wharram died on Tuesday 14 December at the age of 93. He leaves an unpar­alleled leg­acy in his devel­op­ment of, and voy­aging in, afford­able sea-going craft mod­elled on the Polynesian…

read more
Loft Floor launch party

Loft Floor launch party

We had a great turnout at arts venue The Cornish Bank in Falmouth on Saturday, to cel­eb­rate the launch of Christian Topf’s book From the Loft Floor to the Sea, on the build­ing of the Falmouth pilot cut­ter Pellew. Taking pic­tures was not our pri­or­ity, but here are…

read more
Then three come along…

Then three come along…

We did­n’t plan it this way, but events con­spired to make three block­busters (by our mod­est stand­ards) turn up from the print­er in one month. All are now in stock and avail­able to order. The big one weighs in at just under two kilo­grammes, and it upset our…

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