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ALOFT: Pre-War Summer, 1939

The most recent episode in Alastair Gordon’s eloquent retracing of his father’s pre-second word war life in Scotland. We enter a carefree summer of sailing beautiful home-grown yachts on the Firth of Clyde – the Gareloch in particular – and … 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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The Weekend Watson – Lufra

For those suffering the worst of winter right now, here’s a bright sunny image – even in monochrome – from the mid-1890s. The gaff-rigged cutter Lufra eats up the Clyde off Dunoon in a stiff nor’westerly, her cotton sails by … Continue reading

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