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Speed, grace and beauty – The Clyde Fortnight 1923

For 13 tantalising seconds in the newly released Pathe archive newsreel above, we are treated to the full broadsides beauty of King George V’s G.L. Watson-designed cutter, Britannia: the special one; probably the most famous racing yacht there will ever be; … Continue reading

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Martin Black wins the John Leather Award for Special Achievement at the 2014 Classic Boat Awards

Martin Black, author of  G.L. Watson – The Art and Science of Yacht Design, was tonight presented with the John Leather Award for Special Achievement at the 2014 Classic Boat Magazine Awards event in Mayfair, London. It’s the first time … Continue reading

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A sporting combination

Summer 1893. Paisley ‘thread baron’ Stewart Clark’s rakish c.200ft G.L. Watson designed steam yacht, Vanduara, poses with engines stopped. Clearly seen hanging in her starboard quarter davits is no ordinary ship’s boat. She is Clark’s son, J. Stewart’s extreme fin-and-bulb … Continue reading

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A new Watson for the weekend – No. 274

Is this the first yacht built to a design by Glasgow-based naval architect to the world, G.L. Watson, since his untimely death in 1904 at the age of 53?* In the past week, during a yard movement in Brittany, we were … Continue reading

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Pride of Portree

They said it themselves: “one of the most hare-brained projects Skye has seen for some time.” We would add: beautifully hare-brained. This summer, an intrepid team from the Isle of Skye will raise funds for the RNLI and Young Carers … Continue reading

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Vulcan lifeboats

G.L. Watson’s lifeboat designs feature strongly in Gavin Atkin’s recent in the boatshed blog post on Thames Ironworks Heritage Trust’s ambitious plans to revive the memory of a forgotten Leviathan of British shipbuilding. Many of Watson’s ‘pulling and sailing’ lifeboats … Continue reading

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Scottish Boating

Our friend and blogger, Ewan Kennedy, shares his passion for all things Clyde and West of Scotland nautical – especially the wonderful cult of small boat building, sailing and rowing there, and the people involved in that, past and present … Continue reading

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