Portrait of Shipbuilding, 1786-1988
research of the shipping registers has brought to light this
fascinating and almost forgotten history and shown how the
shipyards of this small river have played such an important
part in the affairs of the nautical world.
shipbuilders pioneered new designs to produce some of the
fastest sailing cutters and schooners ever built. The ingenious
shipwrights constructed specialist vessels, destined for every
corner of the globe, including boats which could be transported
overland as kits for reassembly in inaccessible places.
charts the history of the shipyards and boat builders from
1786 to 1988 and follows the river, flowing downstream from
Colchester Hythe, through Rowhedge and Wivenhoe, and on to
Brightlingsea. Each yard is covered, from Stuttle's at the
Hythe to Aldous at Brightlingsea, from the speedy racing cutters
and schooners of Sainty and Harvey to the innovations of iron
and steel from Forrestt's and Rowhedge Ironworks, and finally
to the last yards which closed in the late 1980s.
co-operation of local people, the Colneside museums, Essex
University and the Colne Maritime Oral History Project (with
Lottery funding) have enabled the story to be brought to life
through a rich array of illustrations and personal accounts.
Produced in full colour with over 350 images of shipyards,
workers and vessels, the book is replete with maps, photographs,
lines drawings and half-models and includes ten linocuts by
"The plates are just gorgeous and our authors haven't stinted on reproduction, creating dozens of bold double-page spreads (with several of Dodds' own fine lino cuts) of evocative moments in both yacht racing and yacht building history... this is also a social history text - of a long-gone way of life. It's an inspirational book to dip into." Classic Boat Magazine (March 2010)
"This book looks at the five towns, 42 builders and thousands of vessels, and provides an excellent portrait of shipbuilding in a small corner of north east Essex. The authors are to be congratulated on producing a superb work, illustrated with a wonderful selection of photographs and drawings, telling the story of the Colne's yards, craftsmen and products. Very highly recommended." Ships Monthly (March 2010)
"This book can thus be taken to represent a far larger story. It is also, however, a buoyant and even charming work, an eclectic amalgamation of interesting stuff, assembled in the spirit of a crapb ok kept by an eccentric-eccentric as in 'of unconventional interest' - but favorite great uncle. Or, a in the case of this book two great uncles. Wooden Boat magazine (USA) (January/February 2010)
(Classic Boat, March 2010)
(Ships Monthly, March 2010)
£75. (Limited Edition of 250,
over 450 illustrations printed in full colour.
Publication date 18th September 2009
signed & numbered with slipcase and CD included)