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BookPick: Rigging Period Fore-and-Aft Craft

Employing clear draughtsmanship this book explores the rigging of typical period fore-and-aft vessels, those like Seaflower, the tops’l cutter in which Kydd sailed around the Caribbean. Author Lennarth Petersson deploys three typical eighteenth-century types – an English cutter, a three-masted French lugger and an American schooner – to represent variations. Illustrations for these ships include […]

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Sim’s Treasures

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] Over the decade or so that I’ve been a writer I’ve been privileged to meet many collectors, modellers, academics and historians who share my love of the Age of Fighting Sail. They’ve all […]

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Hats Off to Clayton!

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] Over the years I’ve bought several model kits but sadly never got around to finding the time to build them – and in the end I gave them away. Perhaps this is something […]

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A Sterling Model!

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] After seeing my blog on HMS Victory yesterday Mike Softley emailed me some photographs of a very special model he was involved with. Mike takes up the story: ‘Victory was my second home […]

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The Kydd ships brought to life

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] The renowned maritime artist Geoff Hunt RSMA was commissioned to paint original artwork for the covers of the first nine books in the Kydd series. Each featured one of Kydd’s ships, superbly represented. […]

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Bravo, Brest!

[To leave a comment go right to the end of the page and just enter it in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box] A recent visit to Brittany on location research led us to Brest – and its superb harbour. Although much of old Brest was lost during the Second World War, there are many reasons […]

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