New and Neglected Nautical Writing

An invitation I couldn’t resist

An invitation I couldn’t resist

Charlie Stock was a singular sailor, who was for sixty years a part of the scenery on his home waters of the Thames Estuary. In his last book, published posthumously, he describes and handles the local features and hazards meeting the small boat sailor, not only in...

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...

No better test of character

No better test of character

Most people reading this have enjoyed lives markedly more comfortable than those of their parents or grandparents. My own father served at sea when a teenager during World War II, as a stoker and coal trimmer on tramp steamers and later on deep-sea rescue tugs, on...

Handy with a toolbox

Handy with a toolbox

Martin O'Scannall has enjoyed a love affair of more than forty years with his 1913 gaff cutter Sauntress, beginning with her rebuild and culminating in the glories pictured here. Below is his account of her sojourn in a boatyard at Brentford on the Thames in west...

Albert Strange

Albert Strange

Lodestar regulars will know that we have a soft spot for the Victorian/Edwardian ‘Renaissance Man’ Albert Strange — Yacht Designer, Sailor, Writer, Raconteur and not least Marine Artist. The Albert Strange Association, founded in 1978, exists to preserve his...

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...

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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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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