Two books from Haynes: Classic ships and The Tug Book

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Photos from the book Classic Ships, with permission from MirrorPix

Sitting in the cockpit of a small boat, I think most of us become interested in the doings of the ships, tugs and cranes we see in our local harbours. So I was interested to receive notices about two new editions of books from Haynes: Classic Ships, by Richard Havers and The Tug Book by M J Gaston.

Classic Ships chronicles our shipping heritage for the last hundred or so years and features everything from tall ships to small ships, working boats, liners and lifeboats.

The Tug Book, meanwhile, is a detailed account of the design and operation of tugs all over the world. The publishers say that leading maritime writer Jack Gaston describes and illustrates virtually every facet of the tug and towing scene. He has brought together over 200 full colour photographs and diagrams in order to offer a definitive portrait of the vessels and their work, and a key theme throughout the book is the fierce competition among tug operators.

Go to Amazon to buy Classic Ships and The Tug Book.

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Images from The Tug Book

Hudson folding dinghy for sale

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Hudson folding dinghy

Dave Eastwood has a Hudson folding dinghy for sale and says he is looking for offers in excess of £250 – which seems modest for such a nice collector’s piece. I’d like to think someone – or some museum – will be keen to preserve this boat.

For a previous post showing the Hudson folding dinghy in use, click here.

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27ft type K Montagu whaler


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The Montagu type K whaler

The post announcing that Dick Wynne’s restored whaler Vancouver is up for sale has attracted quite a lot of attention in the last day or two, so I’ve decided to share these snaps from a copy of the 1937 Manual of Seamanship published by the Admiralty.

The rudder and centreboard seem remarkably small, don’t you think? By the way, the trysail in the upper photo is supposed to double as a spinnaker!