New and Neglected Nautical Writing

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…

Cruising in Denmark

George Holmes’s illus­trated and often hand-writ­ten cruise accounts fre­quently appeared in the pages of the Hum­ber Yawl Club Year­book, and later in The Yacht­ing Monthly. Here is a cruise he made in Den­mark in 1894, and writ­ten up a few years later. He and his com­pan­ion…

Extreme limit of the credible

A cor­res­pond­ent famil­i­ar with the first edi­tion of Mess­ing About in Boats wrote to me: a delight­ful book of real sail­ing from a man who comes over as being kind, com­pas­sion­ate and con­sid­er­ate. He bought three cop­ies of our new edi­tion as gifts—an example worthy of…

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…

New Tilman brochure

We’ve pro­duced a new 32-page bro­chure describ­ing the Col­lec­ted Edi­tion of H W Tilman we have co-pub­lished with Ver­teb­rate Pub­lish­ing. It’s almost a book in itself, with art­icles by Bob Com­lay and Tom Cun­liffe as well as cov­ers and brief notes for each of the six­teen…

Stranger goings on in Woodbridge

Read­ers may recall a year or so ago this post on the com­ings and goings of some beau­ti­ful Albert Strange canoe yachts at Wood­bridge in Suf­folk. Well the Strange pop­u­la­tion on the East Coast has increased again, by one. I don’t wish to upstage Tally Ho’s 600-mile…

Nancy Blackett meets Arthur Beale

For those in the Lon­don area with an interest in the world of Arthur Ran­some, a date for your diary is 6.30pm on Thursday 16 Novem­ber, when Peter Wil­lis, author of our upcom­ing Good Little Ship, will be speak­ing on Ran­some, his clas­sic tale We Didn’t Mean to Go to…

VIOLA appeal launched

VIOLA, the last sur­viv­ing pre-World War I Hull steam trawl­er, has edged a bit closer to home this week, with the launch of her offi­cial char­ity appeal and web­site. With local Hull West MP Alan John­son as pat­ron, the cam­paign seeks to raise the estim­ated £3 mil­lion…

Sauntress in Yachting World

When we pub­lished For the Love of Saunt­ress in 2014, Tom Cun­liffe was moved to email: “Dick, how do you keep find­ing these great writers?” Mar­tin O’Scannall’s beau­ti­fully writ­ten account of his res­tor­a­tion of, and forty-year love affair with, a lovely 1913-vin­tage…

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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…

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…

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…

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…