What Lies Beneath

The Royal Navy has been called in to deal with a bomb-laden wreck passed by thousands of sailors each year, writes Dick Durham. Each year thousands of yachts sail past the most dangerous wreck in the world and have done so for decades. Visiting sailors from France, Holland, Belgium and Germany as well as from […]

The Last Sailorman

Once upon a tide there were more than 2,000 sailing barges trading from the Thames around the East and South coasts of England. Fifty years ago, Dick Durham served on the very last one. “We’re ready for you, sailorman,” the cry from the dockside would come and skipper Bob Roberts and I would use heaving […]

Thames to Tahiti

By Sidney Howard Published by Rupert Hart-Davies 1951, First edition 1933. When Essex yachtsman Sidney Howard set off from a creek in Benfleet he had never even crossed the English Channel. This passage in Pacific Moon, a 38ft gaff cutter took him 12,000 miles to the South Seas and by the time he got there […]