New and Neglected Nautical Writing

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...

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...

Ghost ship of Grytviken

Ghost ship of Grytviken

The Albert Strange Association (bear with me), in which I am heavily implicated, held its Annual General Meeting in Lincoln a few years ago, and our very engaging guest speaker was Dr Robb Robinson, a maritime historian at the University of Hull. His subject was...

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...

In Staithes

In Staithes

My enthusiasm for boats began early. I grew up in an artistic family in the enchanting fishing village of Staithes, settled on many levels within immense cliffs on the rugged North Yorkshire coast some ten miles northwest of Whitby. Often, huge seas battered the...

Lonely backwaters

Lonely backwaters

[Sea-Country is now out of print but we thought you'd still enjoy this extract]Tony Smith is now the keeper of Charlie Stock's game little 16-foot gaff cutter Shoal Waters, and has made it his business to take her the length and breadth of the Thames estuary, and into...

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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