Heckstall-Smith and du Boulay on the origin of 19th century racing yachts

Wood engraving The Yacht Race – A Sketch from the Deck of a Competing Yacht, was published in Harper’s Weekly inĀ  1872. Taken from the Wikimedia Commons Although Charles II was almost as enthusiastic about yachting as he was about his many mistresses, his collection of 16 yachts do not seem to have had much … Continue reading “Heckstall-Smith and du Boulay on the origin of 19th century racing yachts”

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An update from Will Stirling of Cutters & Luggers down in Cornwall

[ad name=”intheboatshed-post”] The Duke of Bedford’s boathouse (note the blocks in the foreground), a rebuilt Tamar Valley salmon skiff, a skylight from the Garlandstone, and Garlandstone, the WWII Naval pinnace and Alert, all mentioned below We’ve also received these splendid photos and an update from Will Stirling of Revenue Cutters & Smuggling Luggers. I’m sure … Continue reading “An update from Will Stirling of Cutters & Luggers down in Cornwall”

18th century-style lugger Alert back from Iceland – and for sale

[ad name=”intheboatshed-post”] Alert at Sedisfjordur, Iceland Will’s father fishing at anchor; Alert sailing in Sedisfjordur, Alert at the Customs pontoon in Sedisfjordur Seaman Hingley collecting driftwood to burn; Alert in the Shiant islands; Alert dried out at Tobermory Will Stirling and his outstanding 18th century-style lugger Alert are back from their trip to Iceland. They’ve … Continue reading “18th century-style lugger Alert back from Iceland – and for sale”