New and Neglected Nautical Writing

Essex girl through and through

Essex girl through and through

I first met her in Tollesbury and imme­di­ately fell for her. She was an ­Essex girl through and through but not like all the oth­ers, although she was shal­low. As far as I could see then there were only two prob­lems. There was a big age difference—fifty-five…

A serious kind of joy

A serious kind of joy

Somehow, and to his incredu­lity, I had never read an Arthur Ransome book when Peter Willis approached me with Good Little Ship. Nancy Blackett, the real-life ori­gin­al of the Goblin in We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea, was a famil­i­ar sight on the East Coast and clearly much…

A storm at sea

A storm at sea

The night, moon­less and densely clouded, had settled around us with pitchy dark­ness. One could not see a hand held before the eyes. Rain came down in tor­rents. Repeatedly it drowned the rid­ing light, until I aban­doned the attempt of relight­ing it. Only the binnacle…

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…

A preposterous proposal

A preposterous proposal

Philip Temple’s 1965 account of an out­rageously bold exped­i­tion was pub­lished without fan­fare, without many good pho­to­graphs, and without even the bene­fit of a copy-edit­or; it van­ished without trace. The Sea and The Snow came to our atten­tion a few years ago as we…

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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