Category Archives: book

The yachting firsts of Dublin Bay

In a response to W.M. Nixon’s Sailing on Saturday blog post for Afloat Magazine last week, Peggy Bawn Press publisher and author, Hal Sisk, contributed a fascinating, myth-busting comment on the earliest days of sailing… as a sport… or was … Continue reading

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Was but a muddle at the best

Apologies to subscribers to this blog who received a sneak email preview of a future post by mistake today. Sometimes the technology can get the better of one… We hope you will all memorise your lines, excuse any unedited typos … Continue reading

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The Club Steamer – PS Duchess of Hamilton

During the 1890s and early 1900s heyday of the Clyde Fortnight regattas, the Caledonian Steam Packet Company’s elegant paddle steamer, Duchess of Hamilton – launched this day in history, 1890 by William Denny & Bros, Dumbarton – was a popular … Continue reading

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Dublin Bay – 2nd Edition

The revised second edition of Hal Sisk’s popular book, DUBLIN BAY – THE CRADLE OF YACHT RACING has arrived. Irish yachting historian and Peggy Bawn Press founder, Hal Sisk, reveals how the worldwide sport of yacht and dinghy racing was … Continue reading

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Order of the Thistle

It continues to be the America’s Cup silly season: the void between the last, enthralling episode, and the next; wherever it may be; in whatever boats… And crew nationality has raised its head. Last year’s ‘American’ defender, Oracle Team USA, … 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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Ireland to starboard, or port?

The Dromineer Literary Festival recently described Irish maritime journalist, author and historian, W.M. “Winkie” Nixon as: “…a sailing journalist who writes like a poet and whose love for his subject is apparent in his writing.” Winkie’s blog at Afloat.ie is … Continue reading

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Art and cheeriness

My first close encounter with the work of scul?tor (that’s not a typo), George Wyllie (1921-2012), was at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art in the early 1990s. Navigating to the source of some hearty giggling where I’d once had to … Continue reading

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How to buy our books

Peggy Bawn Press was created by Irish yachting historian, Hal Sisk, to publish Martin Black’s remarkable biography of Scottish yacht designer, G.L. Watson. We are particularly geared up to sell online from our Limerick warehouse via the secure payment page … Continue reading

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Scottish literature class

When Tarbert Loch Fyne poet George Campbell Hay (1915-1984) worked 1930s summers aboard the herring skiff Liberator, the local fishing fleet would have been universally motorised, either by conversion or by design. Perhaps reflecting this transition, in his maritime work … Continue reading

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