New and Neglected Nautical Writing

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...

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...

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...

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...

Extreme limit of the credible

Extreme limit of the credible

A correspondent familiar with the first edition of Messing About in Boats wrote to me: a delightful book of real sailing from a man who comes over as being kind, compassionate and considerate. He bought three copies of our new edition as gifts—an example worthy of...

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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