1st ed., 1959. 196 pp., frontis + 31 other photo-plates + 13 sketches. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Torn dust jacket (now in protective sleeve) with some loss o/w V.G. The author recalls sailors and sailing vessels from Britain's harbours, many since vanished, in an age when small self-contained communities built, financed, and manned all kinds of vessels including ketches, snows, schooners, brigs, hoys and other sailing craft. Harbours like Salcombe, Appledore, Watchet, Porlock, Minehead, Barnstaple, Lewes, Arundel, Littlehampton and many others, all bustled with mast and sail as their seamen crossed the Atlantic for Newfoundland salt cod, or sailed to Scandinavia for timber, or the Azores for fruit. The author speaks from first-hand experience as he himself served in some of the last survivors and describes a way of life that has now disappeared from living memory. Illustrated with 32 excellent photographs and 13 sketches.