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 baker’s dozen of 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; the strange case of the Cutty Sark; Kaiser Bill’s hilarious Cowes Week; travels with the plankton; how to winter in Antarctica; fisheries vandalism and skulduggery; the infamous Shetland mackerel laundry; the deeply informal beginnings of Caribbean chartering; and the strange disappearance of the Atlantic salmon. In the next four issues we will be dealing with herring fishing, printing new fiction, and telling the stories of the lost world of radio operators 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, the intrepid but relaxed Ernest Gann, the brilliant but nearly-forgotten Alf Loomis, and Rudyard Kipling. We will soon be publishing work by (among many others) the cruising writer and part-time treasure hunter E. F. Knight, and more from the great Neil Munro, creator of Para Handy.
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, number fourteen, is published in June 2014. There will be further issues quarterly hereafter – the next will be sent out during the first fortnight of September 2014. Subscribers who would like to buy back issues should tick the relevant boxes on the subscriptions page.