Maritime Heritage and famous sailors

Arthur, Nancy… and me

2020-01-09T22:45:17+00:00 December 15th, 2019|Heritage, Snugberth Cinema|

The boat that inspired Arthur Ransome. Peter Willis talks to Dan Houston about his lifelong passion for the children's author Arthur Ransome and his 1931 Hillyard cutter Nancy Blackett. Peter was recognised in the 2019 Royal Yachting Association Volunteer Awards with a Lifetime Commitment Award for his 22 years with the Nancy Blackett Trust, [...]

Tall Ship inspired by ice legend

2020-01-09T18:49:42+00:00 December 12th, 2019|Heritage, Life Afloat|

ACTIV OF LONDON Polar legend has it that the Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen dreamt up the ideal Arctic ship by gazing at an olive stone. Pressed laterally, its curves would slide its body upwards. So, he thought, a vessel could escape ice by getting pushed up and floating above it. This was the principle behind [...]

The amazing museum of sailors’ knots

2019-11-28T22:16:47+00:00 November 28th, 2019|Heritage|

Having hosted his own Museum of Knots and Sailors' Ropework in his Ipswich back garden since 1996 the red-capped sage-of-sennit Des Pawson had another knotty problem to solve... Namely what to do with the hundreds of exhibits when he gets too old to look after them? The collection spans decades of dedication to all things [...]

Irish boats at Dragonflies’ 70th

2019-12-15T11:50:11+00:00 November 26th, 2019|Heritage, Life Afloat|

Waldringfield Sailing Club, River Deben, Suffolk By Julia Jones.   The weekend of September 5th-7th 2019 saw Waldringfield Sailing Club celebrating 70 years of its 14ft (4.3m) one- design ‘Dragonfly’ class (1949). And in a return match for when Waldringfield boats attended the Irish Dinghy Racing Association's 70th celebrations at Clontarf in 2016, there were three [...]

The Fully-Rigged Ship

2019-11-26T12:46:16+00:00 November 5th, 2019|Heritage, Seamanship|

The fully-rigged ship was an excellent example of early industrial standardisation, writes Dan Houston. With the trade of the sailor being international there was a need to rig ships in the same way, so that when new crew came aboard they needed little time to familiarise themselves; all the rigging, sheets, buntlines, haliards, lifts and [...]

How Nelson was carried home

2019-10-21T22:55:46+00:00 October 21st, 2019|Heritage|

Trafalgar Day, 21 October, not only marks one of Admiral Nelson's great sea victories, in 1805, but also his demise and the beginning of a tradition known as the Immortal Memory – where basically you toast him and his deeds. Without advocating any drunkenness on watch at sea, the proposal to splice the mainbrace to [...]

1939 yacht’s escape from the Baltic

2019-11-07T12:55:57+00:00 October 8th, 2019|Heritage|

   The summer of 1939 would be the last chance for several years that yachtsmen could take extended cruises to places like the Baltic. Author Julia Jones relates how her father sailed to Poland in the weeks before Germany invaded, and on his return found his services already required by the Royal Navy. Two days [...]

Online archive for the 6-M class

2019-12-15T11:52:40+00:00 October 3rd, 2019|Heritage|

3 October 2019 - London, England.   The International Six Metre Class Association (ISMA) is delighted to announce the launch of a ground breaking online class archive at 6metrearchive.org. The Six Metre Class has a long and illustrious history dating back to the introduction of the International Rule in 1907. That history encompasses inclusion in nine [...]

60 years since Wharram crossed Atlantic

2019-12-15T11:53:54+00:00 September 30th, 2019|Heritage|

Jutta James and Ruth in New York with son Hannes (who did not make the crossing) It's sixty years since James Wharram and his two German girlfriends crossed the Atlantic Ocean from West to East aboard the 40ft catamaran Rongo. The boat was designed and built in the   West Indies after the trio successfully [...]