New and Neglected Nautical Writing

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…

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…

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…

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…

Tangaroa

Tangaroa

By March of 1954 we had enough money for me to stop work­ing and begin build­ing in the farm loft. I cleared the chick­en shit out, blocked up the gaps in the walls and lev­elled the floor. Building a small boat alone is like an exer­cise in med­it­a­tion; through­out the…

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,…

A hard day at the office

A hard day at the office

James Wharram’s epic mem­oir People of the Sea is about to run out in its large-format edi­tion (so be very quick if you want one). We have just gone to press with an unabridged more com­pact edi­tion, with our usual high qual­ity, at just £16, which will be…

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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…

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A hard day at the office

A hard day at the office

James Wharram’s epic mem­oir People of the Sea is about to run out in its large-format edi­tion (so be very quick if you want one). We have just gone to press with an unabridged more com­pact edi­tion, with our usual high qual­ity, at just £16, which will be…

read more
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…

read more
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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