Category Archives: naval architect

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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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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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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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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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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In the boatshed

Martin Black’s G.L. Watson – The Art and Science of Yacht Design features today at Gavin Atkin’s excellent in the boatshed blog, which has rapidly become essential daily reading, and  U.K. trad-boat central. Order by 10:00 (GMT) Monday 16th December for … Continue reading

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How to read our books

How to read our books (the Norwegian system): IM

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Inclining test

The launch of a new – very pretty – sail training vessel last week at Damen Shipyards Galaţi, Romania. We guess she passed the inclining test… The client is believed to be the Royal Navy of Oman. With thanks for … Continue reading

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Seawards The Great Ships

Maritime and offshore news website gCaptain recently got quite excited about some remarkable ship launching footage from Croatia. [Update December 10 2014: unfortunately the original HD footage of the heavy lift ship Jumbo Kinetic’s launching at Brodosplit Shipyards, Croatia was … Continue reading

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