Jonathan Griffiths has written to ask whether anyone knows where he can see drawings of the RYS Wanderer, which was built at Greenock by Robert Steele & Co 1878, and wondered if your subscribers might help in locating such drawings if
they still exist.
‘Her name was then then changed name to Vagus in 1889 and then to Consuelo while in the ownership of the Earl of Crawford in 1902 – so I do not think she is the same Consuelo that appeared in the Yachtsman in 1901, as this was a two masted steam yacht.
Please leave a note in the comments link, or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll forward your message to him.
This arrived today, and its 48 drawings are wonderful. Read all about it and place your order, if you’re interested, at the Lodestar Books website.
The can’t better publisher’s blurb, which says: ‘Gloria Wilson has recorded, both afloat and ashore, the functional beauty of the fishing boat in both timber and steel—mainly of north-east Scotland (with a few craft from Yorkshire, where the artist now lives).’
Some of the vessels shown have subsequently been victims of fisheries legislation that demanded not just their decommissioning, but their destruction, and this book will be an especially interesting and poignant memory for those who knew them.
It’s therefore fitting that there’s a foreword by fishing boat and fisheries historian, and herring and kipper advocate ‘Kipperman’ Mike Smylie.
Fifty plates of shipping and craft , a collection of drawings by EW Cooke, 1811-80. They were published in 1829, when he was just 18…
Read about him here.
As Arthur Percival points out (comments below – thanks Arthur) there’s a relatively recent biography, if you’re interested and have a few bob to hand.