Category Archives: tank testing

Reviews

We’ve recently been enjoying undertaking a long overdue update to the Reviews page at this blog. As the northern hemisphere days shorten – and more often than not darken – it’s often a time to reflect. This time three years … Continue reading

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Gordon Bennett!

The G.L. Watson designed and tank-tested twin-screw turbine steam yacht Lysistrata was launched by William Denny & Brothers, Dumbarton, Scotland, on this day in 1900. Such was the attention to detail demanded by her remarkable interior – festooned with evidence … Continue reading

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A special arrival in Cowes

As Irish and Scottish sailing teams based at Cowes, Isle of Wight, this week attempt to carry off the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s prestigious Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup, little do they know, we imagine, what an important role some of … 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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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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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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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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Rathlin Model Yacht Races

During an all too brief recent passage stopover at fascinating and beautiful Rathlin Island, just off the north east coast of County Antrim, Northern Ireland – but another world – this poster at the excellent fish shop within the National Trust’s … Continue reading

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The Reliance Project 4 – floating batteries

The Herreshoff Marine Museum blog, supporting their project to build a one-sixth scale museum-quality fully rigged model of the 1903 America’s Cup defender, presently poses the question to metallurgists and engineers: “… how susceptible to galvanic action was Reliance?” The … Continue reading

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High wire act

This wonderful image from G.L. Watson – The Art and Science of Yacht Design of Shamrock II’s huge jackyard topsail being raised at Rothesay, Isle of Bute in 1901 made The Herald Scotland magazine’s Saturday Portfolio spot last weekend. Try … Continue reading

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