New and Neglected Nautical Writing

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…

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…

Handy with a toolbox

Handy with a toolbox

Martin O’Scannall has enjoyed a love affair of more than forty years with his 1913 gaff cut­ter Sauntress, begin­ning with her rebuild and cul­min­at­ing in the glor­ies pic­tured here. Below is his account of her sojourn in a boat­yard at Brentford on the Thames in west…

Ghost ship of Grytviken

Ghost ship of Grytviken

The Albert Strange Association (bear with me), in which I am heav­ily implic­ated, held its Annual General Meeting in Lincoln a few years ago, and our very enga­ging guest speak­er was Dr Robb Robinson, a mari­time his­tor­i­an at the University of Hull. His sub­ject was…

No better test of character

No better test of character

Most people read­ing this have enjoyed lives markedly more com­fort­able than those of their par­ents or grand­par­ents. My own fath­er served at sea when a teen­ager dur­ing World War II, as a stoker and coal trim­mer on tramp steam­ers and later on deep-sea res­cue tugs, on…

Getting sea-value

Getting sea-value

My good friend Fabian Bush built me a (-noth­er!) boat a few years ago and we launched her togeth­er in 2014 at West Mersea in Essex. Teal is named for the ‘small dab­bling duck’ in recog­ni­tion of the dir­ec­tion my sail­ing was expec­ted to take in my dot­age, and she has…

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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