New and Neglected Nautical Writing

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…

Tangaroa

Tangaroa

By March of 1954 we had enough money for me to stop work­ing and begin build­ing in the farm loft. I cleared the chick­en shit out, blocked up the gaps in the walls and lev­elled the floor. Building a small boat alone is like an exer­cise in med­it­a­tion; through­out the…

Words written on water

Words written on water

Our first book had sold out a few years before, and we had the feel­ing it was time for a new edi­tion in our now-stand­ard robust soft­cov­er format, and that there remained an unplumbed audi­ence among people who, though per­haps not habitu­al read­ers of sail­ing books,…

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…

In all weathers by a crew of two

In all weathers by a crew of two

Tom Cunliffe writes:For fifty glor­i­ous years from the time of the 1861 Pilotage Act until the Great War nailed down the coffin lid on com­mer­cial sail, the Bristol Channel was a free-for-all for com­pet­it­ive pilot­ing. This great fun­nel of tide-swept water stood wide…

Like a box of jewels

Like a box of jewels

Someone, some­where wrote that George Millar was incap­able of writ­ing a dull sen­tence, and never was that more true than in his three books of sail­ing mem­oirs. Oyster River, set in the Morbihan in Brittany, and Isabel and the Sea, relat­ing a voy­age through the French…

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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