Viola’ — and the Bookshop at the Bottom of the World

VIOLA—The Life and Times of a Hull Steam Trawl­er, just pub­lished, is an engross­ing read in its own right, and is rid­ing the crest of a wave of interest in all mat­ters World War I, espe­cially as it affected the Brit­ish at home. Some 800 trawl­ers and their...

Blokes’ and ‘An Eye’ in Yachting Monthly

Colin Jar­man reviewed Blokes Up North and An Eye for a Boat in October’s Yacht­ing Monthly; here are some high­lights. Of Blokes, the account by two Royal Mar­ines officers of their North-west Pas­sage exped­i­tion in a 17ft open boat : Written with alternating...

CB250 Centenarian ‘Sauntress’ is no square…

Read­ers of Clas­sic Boat magazine will hardly need intro­du­cing to Saunt­ress, the stun­ning 28ft gaff cut­ter built in 1913 by Wright & Har­ris in Cardiff. She made the CB ‘Top 200’ boats in a read­er poll some years ago, so of course was still lis­ted when...

The Chandlery at the North End of the West End

At the top end of London’s Shaft­es­bury Aven­ue there has exis­ted, for the past 125 years, and else­where for 400 years alto­geth­er as a maker and sup­pli­er of rope, the yacht chand­lery Arthur Beale Ltd. It has some­how sur­vived into 2014 with no online...