Maritime Life and Traditions #15

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The double-ended workboats of England's northern East Coast have a long pedigree and are still used from beach and cliff-nestling harbours. Most of the extant examples are still wooden, but the nature of the fishing has changed over the years and today's boats are used for potting lobsters and crabs. The author looks into a small artisanal fishery surviving in Britian's beleagured fishing industry.
Gloria Wilson

She was once the most famous ship in the world, incorporating so many innovations that she might have been described as another "wonder of the world". Yet Brunnel's masterpiece could not outlive the demise of sail-powered ocean trade and she ended her working days, though not her life, as a coal store and then a wreck in the Falkland Islands. Today she lies in the Bristol Dock in which she was built, her restoration funded by grants and donations, public and private. Her tale is one of remarkable feats of engineering, seafaring and dogged determination.
Peter Rolt

Designed by John G. Alden and built by the Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. in 1936, Manoo II, renamed Royono, was not the most successful nor the most famous of Alden's creations but, as the author reveals, she was a race-winner, a favourite of many and, thanks to the dedication of a handful of people, has survived the turn of the century.
Gwendal Jaffry

The origins of the Tancook whaler are vague and shrouded in the mists of time, but these fine, double-ended, schooner-rigged vessels from Nova Scotia were surely among the most beautiful of North American workboats. As a type they lasted no more that fifty years but they were copied and developed for leisure sailors and their name still strikes a cord with aficionados of fine-looking craft the length of the Eastern Seaboard.
Robert C. Post

In Roskilde, Denmark, diverse experts have been working together to build some of the most precise ship replicas the world has ever seen. Their research has considered the shape of hulls and sails and even the nature of Viking sail cloth. The author uncovers some of the most in-depth study ever seen the the field of maritime replicas.
Angela Croome

At the turn of the nineteenth to twentieth century, Auckland, in New Zealand's North Island, was still a very young port. Yet it was here that some of the western world's oldest ships -- Lawhill, Passat, Pamir -- called in the last days before the Second World War, to discharge guano from the Indian Ocean islands. As with all large sailing ships, their days were numbered, but in the meantime, their continued survival was New Zealand's gain.
Paul Titcherner




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