New and Neglected Nautical Writing

Hole Haven

Hole Haven

Despite its unpre­pos­sess­ing name Hole Haven, the creek to the west side of Canvey Island on the lower Thames, is a wel­come bolt-hole for those bound up- or down­river need­ing to get some rest or wait out a tide. It has ful­filled this ser­vice since at least the 1890s…

The Yorkshire Coble

The Yorkshire Coble

Perhaps the most curi­ous craft which is found in use by the fish­er­men round the coasts of Britain is the Yorkshire coble [writes George Holmes in 1912]. Along with the Sheringham boat—referred to and described in a former number—this type is used for crab­bing by the…

The rough with the smooth

The rough with the smooth

Bob Comlay is a vet­er­an of two Tilman exped­i­tions to Greenland, and has cajoled many sail­ors, climbers and writers into con­trib­ut­ing fore­words and after­words to our new Collected Edition of Tilman, shed­ding fresh light on a fre­quently mis­un­der­stood fig­ure: I…

A humble background

A humble background

Like many boys reared on British rivers by the sea, David grew up with a nat­ur­al love for boats and sail­ing. In later years he would trans­late this into a busi­ness which would set trends in yacht design and con­struc­tion, but even as a young lad he was show­ing flair.…

This was living, at its best

This was living, at its best

Around the turn of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury the Humber Yawl Club exer­ted a nation­al, and inter­na­tion­al, influ­ence in the world of cruis­ing under sail which com­pletely belied the paro­chi­al hori­zon its name sug­gests. George Holmes (1861–1940) was for dec­ades the leading…

Making good looking shapes

Making good looking shapes

Knees are an imme­di­ate indic­a­tion of the boatbuilder’s abil­ity to make good look­ing shapes. Ideally one would like to use an oak crook. However, in these hon­est times, crooks are pretty hard to come by and also must be well seasoned before use, par­tic­u­larly if…

To readers in North America, Australia, and New Zealand

We’re sorry that inter­na­tion­al ship­ping, since Covid, has become so expens­ive. But there is some good news: Some of our books are stocked by WoodenBoat and Small Craft Advisor in the US, and most of them are held by our new dis­trib­ut­ors in Australia and New Zealand,…

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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…

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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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To readers in North America, Australia, and New Zealand

We’re sorry that inter­na­tion­al ship­ping, since Covid, has become so expens­ive. But there is some good news: Some of our books are stocked by WoodenBoat and Small Craft Advisor in the US, and most of them are held by our new dis­trib­ut­ors in Australia and New Zealand,…

read more
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…

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