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…

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,…

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…

That unique engagement

That unique engagement

For most of my life my sail­ing was of the arm­chair kind, and in the mid-1970s much of it was in the delight­ful com­pany of Ken Duxbury, a writer whose light touch belies the skill and resource­ful­ness which under­pinned the voy­ages made by him and his wife B. in their…

Too fast for accurate navigation

Too fast for accurate navigation

The year was 1955 and H W Tilman was under­tak­ing his first ‘sail to climb’ exped­i­tion, aim­ing to cross the Patagonian ice-cap in both directions—starting from the ‘other side’. This would neces­sit­ate a trans­it of the Magellan Strait; as Sir Robin Knox-Johnston puts it…

The romance of a proper dinghy

The romance of a proper dinghy

The light north-east­erly breeze con­tin­ued dur­ing my watch until mid­night, and Juanita sailed on through the dark­ness, her jib shim­mer­ing with the phos­phor­es­cence of the lee bow wave, and little Punch, the 8’ dinghy fol­low­ing in our glisten­ing wake, with a…

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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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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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…

read more
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