New and Neglected Nautical Writing

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…

A quiet sense of achievement

A quiet sense of achievement

Spring 2009: Constance is just back from her first Old Gaffers event, the annu­al East Coast Race week­end at Brightlingsea, where she mixed it with craft large and small, and attrac­ted much admir­a­tion for both her looks and speed, praise which rightly belongs to her…

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…

Travels with Tilman

Travels with Tilman

Bob Comlay sailed with H W Tilman to Greenland – twice – while still in his teens and formed an endur­ing friend­ship with ‘the Skipper’ which las­ted until Tilman’s loss at sea in 1977. Bob was invalu­able in pulling togeth­er the new fore­words and after­words to our…

A mindful scrutiny

A mindful scrutiny

Gloria Wilson has been writ­ing about, pho­to­graph­ing and draw­ing the North Sea fish­ing industry for half a cen­tury. Of her draw­ings in par­tic­u­lar she writes:In mak­ing the draw­ings, with my own pho­to­graphs for ref­er­ence, I have enjoyed a mind­ful scru­tiny of the boats…

Cruising in Denmark

Cruising in Denmark

George Holmes’s illus­trated and often hand-writ­ten cruise accounts fre­quently appeared in the pages of the Humber Yawl Club Yearbook, and later in The Yachting Monthly. Here is a cruise he made in Denmark in 1894, and writ­ten up a few years later. He and his companion…

The running sheets are in

The running sheets are in

No, not a sail­ing expres­sion; this week we received the run­ning sheets for our largest and most visu­ally ambi­tious pro­duc­tion: From the Loft Floor to the Sea. These are a com­plete set of the prin­ted pages, fol­ded and trimmed, but not bound. At this stage…

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Talking Tilman

Talking Tilman

Bob Comlay sailed with H W Tilman to Greenland – twice – while still in his teens and formed an endur­ing friend­ship with ‘the Skipper’ which las­ted until Tilman’s loss at sea in 1977. Bob was invalu­able in pulling togeth­er the new fore­words and afterwords…

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A hard day at the office

A hard day at the office

James Wharram’s epic mem­oir People of the Sea is about to run out in its large-format edi­tion (so be very quick if you want one). We have just gone to press with an unabridged more com­pact edi­tion, with our usual high qual­ity, at just £16, which will be…

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The running sheets are in

The running sheets are in

No, not a sail­ing expres­sion; this week we received the run­ning sheets for our largest and most visu­ally ambi­tious pro­duc­tion: From the Loft Floor to the Sea. These are a com­plete set of the prin­ted pages, fol­ded and trimmed, but not bound. At this stage…

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Talking Tilman

Talking Tilman

Bob Comlay sailed with H W Tilman to Greenland – twice – while still in his teens and formed an endur­ing friend­ship with ‘the Skipper’ which las­ted until Tilman’s loss at sea in 1977. Bob was invalu­able in pulling togeth­er the new fore­words and afterwords…

read more
A hard day at the office

A hard day at the office

James Wharram’s epic mem­oir People of the Sea is about to run out in its large-format edi­tion (so be very quick if you want one). We have just gone to press with an unabridged more com­pact edi­tion, with our usual high qual­ity, at just £16, which will be…

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