New and Neglected Nautical Writing

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…

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…

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…

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…

The rough with the smooth

The rough with the smooth

Bob Comlay is a vet­er­an of two Tilman exped­i­tions to Greenland, and has cajoled many sail­ors, climbers and writers into con­trib­ut­ing fore­words and after­words to our new Collected Edition of Tilman, shed­ding fresh light on a fre­quently mis­un­der­stood fig­ure: I…

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…

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