St Mary's Harbour, Isles of Scilly, c 1850
The Marine Quarterly is halfway through its seventh year of publication. During this time it has established itself as 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 twenty-five 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; Naval unpreparedness down the years; travels with the plankton; epic circumnavigations under sail; a voyage to South Georgia; fisheries vandalism and skulduggery; the infamous Shetland mackerel laundry; the deeply informal beginnings of Caribbean chartering; the strange disappearance of the Atlantic salmon; the past and present of the aircraft carrier; sustainable tuna fishing under sail; the sea life of T S Eliot; and an occasional ‘how to’ series, giving instructions on such important matters as sailing round Cape Horn, wintering in Antarctica and camping on Rockall. We have also printed new fiction, and told or will soon be telling the stories of the lost world of radio operators, crossing the Atlantic via a hurricane, the great painters of sea pictures, and a year in the life of a superyacht. For further details, take a look at the extracts page.
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, as well as Hammond Innes, Bill Tilman and Rudyard Kipling.
The current issue, number 25, was published in March 2017. There will be further issues quarterly hereafter – the next will be sent out during the first fortnight of June 2017. (It is hardly necessary to point out that a gift subscription makes a fine present that lasts all year).
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