‘Viola’ — and the Bookshop at the Bottom of the World

‘Viola’ — and the Bookshop at the Bottom of the World

VIOLA—The Life and Times of a Hull Steam Trawler, to be published on the 24th, is an engrossing read in its own right, and is riding the crest of a wave of interest in all matters World War I, especially as it affected the British at home. Some 800 trawlers and their... read more

‘Blokes’ and ‘An Eye’ in Yachting Monthly

Colin Jarman reviewed Blokes Up North and An Eye for a Boat in October’s Yachting Monthly; here are some highlights. Of Blokes, the account by two Royal Marines officers of their North-west Passage expedition in a 17ft open boat : Written with alternating... read more

CB250 Centenarian ‘Sauntress’ is no square…

Readers of Classic Boat magazine will hardly need introducing to Sauntress, the stunning 28ft gaff cutter built in 1913 by Wright & Harris in Cardiff. She made the CB ‘Top 200′ boats in a reader poll some years ago, so of course was still listed when... read more

The Chandlery at the North End of the West End

At the top end of London’s Shaftesbury Avenue there has existed, for the past 125 years, and elsewhere for 400 years altogether as a maker and supplier of rope, the yacht chandlery Arthur Beale Ltd. It has somehow survived into 2014 with no online presence, and... read more

‘Catalan Castaway’ gets a wonderful review…

… from two writers who really know what they’re talking about. Both Keith Muscott and Paul Constantine put pen to paper for the latest issue of Dinghy Cruising, the quarterly journal of the Dinghy Cruising Association, and we thank them profusely for their... read more

The Falmouth Raid

Well, we got to the Raid, via the End of the Road Festival, where Teal rested in a field for a few days! Our thanks to Keith and Marion Mosley in my ‘ex’, Bunny, for this snap of us, in which the sail was hoisted not quite high enough for good visibility... read more

Strangers in the bight*

* [Sorry!] A large (and often only slightly receding) bay. Some readers will know that I am heavily implicated in The Albert Strange Association, a body which celebrates the life and work of that artist, writer and yacht designer. There are not that many Strange boats... read more

We’re all over CB like a rash!

Last year Classic Boat magazine’s Editor, Dan Houston, called to ask if I’d mind the magazine running some material from our encyclopaedic Cruising Hints by Francis B. Cooke. Well of course not! I sent over the book and thought no more about it until the... read more

Introducing TEAL

After being the keeper of a number of classic wooden craft from 13ft to 33, I have come full-circle and returned to ‘sail & oar’ as the best fit for my current rather busy circumstances. TEAL is a superb build by Fabian Bush of Rowhedge in Essex (and... read more

I love the smell of printer’s ink in the morning!

Apologies for the length of this our inaugural blog post—it will not be typical! The five-year experiment that has been Lodestar Books has reached a watershed lately, with the adoption of a new look and feel for most of our output. By moving from short-run digital... read more

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