New and Neglected Nautical Writing

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…

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,…

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…

This was living, at its best

This was living, at its best

Around the turn of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury the Humber Yawl Club exer­ted a nation­al, and inter­na­tion­al, influ­ence in the world of cruis­ing under sail which com­pletely belied the paro­chi­al hori­zon its name sug­gests. George Holmes (1861–1940) was for dec­ades the leading…

The Yorkshire Coble

The Yorkshire Coble

Perhaps the most curi­ous craft which is found in use by the fish­er­men round the coasts of Britain is the Yorkshire coble [writes George Holmes in 1912]. Along with the Sheringham boat—referred to and described in a former number—this type is used for crab­bing by the…

Hole Haven

Hole Haven

Despite its unpre­pos­sess­ing name Hole Haven, the creek to the west side of Canvey Island on the lower Thames, is a wel­come bolt-hole for those bound up- or down­river need­ing to get some rest or wait out a tide. It has ful­filled this ser­vice since at least the 1890s…

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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Then three come along…

Then three come along…

We did­n’t plan it this way, but events con­spired to make three block­busters (by our mod­est stand­ards) turn up from the print­er in one month. All are now in stock and avail­able to order. The big one weighs in at just under two kilo­grammes, and it upset our…

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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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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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Then three come along…

Then three come along…

We did­n’t plan it this way, but events con­spired to make three block­busters (by our mod­est stand­ards) turn up from the print­er in one month. All are now in stock and avail­able to order. The big one weighs in at just under two kilo­grammes, and it upset our…

read more
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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