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History of Falmouth Working Boats
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History of Falmouth Working Boats

By Alun Davies

fine condition, clean, no inscriptions. Revised Ed. In the far south west corner of England, on the River Fal in Cornwall, can be seen the world's last fleet of oyster dredgers still working under sail alone. This is not a tourist attraction, but a viable commercial enterprise. During the winter months after the sleek yachts have been laid up, these sturdy vessels will be at work oyster dredging in the great sweep of water in Falmouth harbour known as Carrick Roads, the name deriving from the Cornish word for 'Rock'. These unique craft are variously known as 'Restronguet Creek Oyster Dredgers', 'Truro River Oyster Boats' and their more familiar name 'Falmouth Working Boats'. Their story has been more neglected by marine historians than that of any of the many fleets that have fished around the British coast, which is odd, as the fact that they alone have survived in their original 19th Century rig, should merit more than the all too common caption below dramatic photographs in the yachting press "Falmouth Working Boats racing - regularly at Falmouth"! Whilst it is true that the summer racing fleet is now almost entirely composed of boats 'that used to work', there is a larger fleet kept for oyster dredging only which is rarely seen by those to whom the summer racing fleet presents such a familiar sight. During the poorest of oyster seasons, this fleet may contract to only half-a-dozen boats, but should the stocks of oysters on the fishery recover to the levels of the late 60s and early 70s, then doubtless we should see a fleet of over 30 sailboats working again. What is the secret of the durability of these boats? The reason for their continuing existence as a working fleet on the Truro Oyster Fishery is the restrictive nature of the bye-laws forbidding the removal of oysters from the Truro fishery by means of mechanically powered craft. It is our good fortune that this bye-law made in 1868 has both saved the Falmouth Working Boats and prevented overfishing that has dogged the rest of the fishing industry. Cornwall, Falmouth, Boats, Sea, vessels Fine pbPlease See Photos for Condition B2

$27.16

Jane\'s Fighting Ships of World War II
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Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II

By Antony Preston

Fine Book. Very Good+ Wrapper. No inscriptions, internally clean and bright. Jane's Fighting Ships of World War II. A Comprehnsive Encyclopedia with More Than 1000 Illustrations. Foreword By Antony PrestonPublished by Studio Editions, London (2001). Hardback and Wrapper 320 pages: black and white illustrations, diagrams and charts throughout. Synopsis: A comprehensive encyclopaedia describing more than 6000 Warships at Service during World War II: the text supported by photographs, line drawings, and data tables. Pictorial, laminated hardcovers. Pages are bright and clean and the spine is tight. Fine Book. Very Good Wrapper. No inscriptions, internally clean and bright Please See Photos for Condition B3

$33.96

Gipsy Moth IV: A Legend Sails Again
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Gipsy Moth IV: A Legend Sails Again

By Paul Gelder

2007. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/ Fine Inscribed and Signed on FEP by Paul Gelder. " To Val & June Bailey, best wishes. PAUL GELDER. Wonderful idea to use Sir Francis Drake's sword for a 2nd Knighthood". he story of Gipsy Moth IV from her first circumnavigation to her restoration, wreck and triumphant return. This book is illustrated throughout with photographs of the boat, the restoration project and images from both of her voyages. Near fine Book with Very Good + wrapper. Sailing and Yahting Interest. S1

$25.81

Amphibious Operations: The Projection of Sea Power Ashore
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Amphibious Operations: The Projection of Sea Power Ashore

By Michael Evans

Brasseys, 1990. First edition. Paperback. Very Good +. White glazed card covers with blue lettering to spine and front. Covers are generally in very good order. . Spine is intact and bright. Text block is tight, bright and clean. 219 pp. "This volume provides a comprehensive analysis of power projection ashore. Michael Evans describes all aspects of amphibious operations from planning to execution, including ship design, command and control and fire support for the landing force. With reference to many previous operations from Galipoli to Grenada, he demonstrates how they can be the key to unlock a military stalemate, if properly conceived and executed.". B/W illustrations. No inscriptions. Z1

$13.58

Sail\'s Last Century: The Merchant Sailing Ship 1830-1930
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Sail's Last Century: The Merchant Sailing Ship 1830-1930

By Gardiner, Robert : (editor)

1993. First edition. Hardback. Fine / very good. 1st edition 1993 (limited ed. 1325 of 2000, , Used / Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: VeryGood. . No inscriptions. Published by Conway Maritime Press. Large format hardback, , illustrated - black & white plates / diagrams, red cloth covered boards, gilt lettering - title, In the 1830-1900 period shipowners invested in both sail and steam ships according to the usual commercial evaluation of potential risks and rewards. Y1

$27.16