New and Neglected Nautical Writing

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…

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…

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…

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…

My last cruise in ‘Cherub II’

My last cruise in ‘Cherub II

Albert Strange had a gift for what might be styled ‘com­pan­ion­able writ­ing;’ the abil­ity to take the read­er with him, in ima­gin­a­tion, on his voy­aging remin­is­cences. One of these exper­i­ences is related here, a cruise in the Cherub II, “My most beloved boat” as Strange…

Essex girl through and through

Essex girl through and through

I first met her in Tollesbury and imme­di­ately fell for her. She was an ­Essex girl through and through but not like all the oth­ers, although she was shal­low. As far as I could see then there were only two prob­lems. There was a big age difference—fifty-five…

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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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,…

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