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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

The shipping news

The shipping news

Regulars here will notice that we have at last imple­men­ted a deliv­ery cost cal­cu­lat­or which is more equit­able for the cus­tom­er — and for ourselves. Delivery is now charged accord­ing to total order weight rather than our old flat rate per book, which…

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A sudden loss

A sudden loss

Had we been more dili­gent with this blog you would know that in the autumn of 2019 Martin O’Scannall, author of For the Love of Sauntress, and his part­ner Luis, had depar­ted their home in Galicia, the wet & windy north-west corner of Spain, to cross…

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Sailing by the stars

Sailing by the stars

Ben Lowings, author of our David Lewis bio­graphy The Dolphin, joined Lewis’s son, accom­plished sail­or Barry Lewis, and Dr Christina Thompson – Editor of Harvard Review and writer on Polynesian sea­far­ing – in a recent BBC World Service Forum programme,…

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The shipping news

The shipping news

Regulars here will notice that we have at last imple­men­ted a deliv­ery cost cal­cu­lat­or which is more equit­able for the cus­tom­er — and for ourselves. Delivery is now charged accord­ing to total order weight rather than our old flat rate per book, which…

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A sudden loss

A sudden loss

Had we been more dili­gent with this blog you would know that in the autumn of 2019 Martin O’Scannall, author of For the Love of Sauntress, and his part­ner Luis, had depar­ted their home in Galicia, the wet & windy north-west corner of Spain, to cross…

read more
Sailing by the stars

Sailing by the stars

Ben Lowings, author of our David Lewis bio­graphy The Dolphin, joined Lewis’s son, accom­plished sail­or Barry Lewis, and Dr Christina Thompson – Editor of Harvard Review and writer on Polynesian sea­far­ing – in a recent BBC World Service Forum programme,…

read more