Cooke, Francis B.


The ‘Yachtsman’, 1st ed., 1906. 80 pp. Green cloth ; gilt. 22 x 14cm. Some wear to extremities of binding and pencil marginalia o/w V.G. Inscribed : "To the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club from Miss Wilkie in remembrance of her father, Colonel D. Wilkie. 1930." (Col. David Wilkie, M.B., I.M.S. [Bengal], Inspector-General of Civil Hospitals, Bengal & Assam. Born 1849, he retired from the British Army on health grounds in 1908, his first commission being in 1873. Author of a pamphlet on prison diet.) A brief Edwardian study of seamanship for yachtsmen with chapters dealing with getting under way, steering and general management, reducing canvas, heavy weather, bringing up, running aground, man overboard, strange harbours, and the rule of the road. Contains many useful hints as valuable for the amateur sailor of today as it was a century ago. Based on a 5-ton cutter and assuming the reader is familiar with nautical terms.

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