The Marine Quarterly is a new kind of sea journal, reporting subjects of strong interest to everyone who goes on the sea. It is full of big, authoritative articles on sailing, fisheries, adventuring, merchant shipping, conservation, natural history, heritage, trade, naval matters, nautical books, and anything else connected with salt water.
Its contributors are people who know how to tell a good story well. Topics for the first nine issues have included the reminiscences of a nervous gap-year student who found himself sailing to Greenland with the adventurer Bill Tilman; an account of the Thames barge and its modern descendants in the coasting trade; instructions on how to swim the Channel and row an ocean; the strange case of the Cutty Sark; Kaiser Bill’s hilarious Cowes Week; and the infamous Shetland mackerel laundry. In the next four issues, we will be dealing with (among many other things), fish farming, Customs, pilot cutters, and a year in the life of a superyacht.
The Marine Quarterly is also keen to remind its readers of great sea writers who have slid over the horizon. We have already reprinted excerpts from George Millar, the forgotten sailing narratives of Hilaire Belloc, and the intrepid but relaxed Ernest Gann. We will soon be publishing work by the cruising writer and part-time treasure hunter E. F. Knight, delving into the life and work of Arthur Ransome, and printing an extract from David Masiel’s 2182 kHz, described as somewhere between Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Pynchon.
The Marine Quarterly is 112 pages of intelligent sea reading. It is published in a useful pocket size, printed on hefty paper, illustrated with charts, woodcuts and line drawings, and has been greeted with appreciative remarks from readers all over the world.
The current issue, the ninth, is Spring 2013. There will be further issues quarterly hereafter – the next will be sent out during the first fortnight of June 2013. Subscribers who would like to buy back issues should tick the relevant boxes on the subscriptions page.