SAILING DRIFTERS. THE STORY OF THE HERRING LUGGERS OF ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND THE ISLE OF MAN.
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David & Charles, Newton Abbot, re-issue, 1969. Xvi + 382 pp., frontis + 191 other photo-plates, 76 sketches by the author, & 28 ship-plans. D.j. 25 x 19cm. V.G.+. Edgar March wrote a number of fine and beautifully illustrated books which immediately became standard works on their respective subjects ; Sailing Drifters is one of them, first published in 1952. The sight of warm-coloured sails of fishing boats off the British coast was once a familiar sight but well before this book was published over 60 years ago, these vast sailing fleets had disappeared almost beyond memory. The author provides a detailed record of the old sailing drifters of England, Scotland and the Isle of Man with their historical background and with an account of the development of the lugsail and the drift net. The book describes the East Coast Luggers, Conversion to Dandy Rig, The Great Autumn Fishery, Cornwall – East Cornish Luggers, Cornwall – West Cornish Luggers, Isle of Man Vessels, Scottish Vessels, Fifies and Zulus, and finally the Yorkshire Coast. The book is generously illustrated with 192 photographs, 76 sketches and 28 plans. (See No. 148 above)