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Pilot Cutters Under Sail

Pilots and Pilotage in Britain and Northern Europe

Tom Cunliffe

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Seaforth Publishing
01 July 2020
The pilot cutters that operated around the coasts of northern Europe until the First World War were amongst the most seaworthy and beautiful craft of their size ever built, while the small number that have survived have inspired yacht designers, sailors and traditional craft enthusiasts over the last hundred years. Even in their day they possessed a charisma unlike any other working craft; their speed and close-windedness, their strength and seaworthiness, fused together into a hull and rig of particular elegance, all to guide the mariner through the rough and tortuous waters of the European seaboard, bought them an enviable reputation. This definitive work is both a tribute to and a minutely researched history of these remarkable vessels. The author, perhaps the most experienced sailor of the type, describes the ships themselves, their masters and crews, and the skills they needed for the competitive and dangerous work of pilotage. He explains the differences between the craft of disparate coasts of the Scilly Isles and the Bristol Channel, of northern France, and the wild coastline of Norway and weaves into the history of their development the stories of the men who sailed them. Now published in an affordable softcover format, this wonderful book can become an essential addition to the libraries of those historians and traditional boat enthusiasts who missed the earlier hardback edition. Deserving of a place in any collector's library for the very high quality of the illustrations alone. An outstanding book, brilliantly produced and illustrated, it should be in every ship lover's collection. 'South West Maritime History Society'. AUTHOR: Tom Cunliffe has sailed more miles aboard original and replica pilot cutters than almost anyone alive, and has voyaged the Atlantic from Brazil to the Arctic and from the Caribbean to Russia. Well known for his journalism, he is also the author of many books on the sea which include historical works on pilot schooners and a definitive text book on gaff rig seamanship. 160 colour and b/w illustrations
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Imprint:   Seaforth Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 260mm,  Width: 216mm, 
ISBN:   9781526785435
ISBN 10:   1526785439
Pages:   224
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

TOM CUNLIFFE has sailed more miles aboard original and replica pilot cutters than almost anyone alive, and has voyaged the Atlantic from Brazil to the Arctic and from the Caribbean to Russia. Well known for his journalism, he is also the author of many books on the sea which include historical works on pilot schooners and a definitive text book on gaff rig seamanship.

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