I am not exactly sure how I got to the Marine Quarterly but I think it started with a link from Dylan Winter’s “Keep Turning Left” site which led me somewhere else and after about a dozen links I ended up at The Marine Quarterly. I’m a sucker for little magazines and journals and this one looked great on the website so I ordered the first and second numbers from when it started its publication in 2011.
It is a true miscellany with little bits of very British nautical articles. The two issues which I have seen are just over one hundred pages each. Most articles are five or six pages with the odd major piece going to twenty-five. I like the English approach to sailing and the sea and the simple narrative form for cruising stories – especially those in small boats. In the second number for example there is a big article on the Thames Sailing Barge and about a dozen on topics ranging from Falklands Islands Hydrography to the life of the Grey seal to sailing advice from Hilaire Belloc which is worth repeating:
- Cruising is not racing
- Get everything shipshape and, so far as you can, keep it shipshape
- Keep tight decks
- Have an anchor heavy enough for your craft
- Don’t keep too close to the wind, let her sail, keep her full
There is a nice listing of the editor’s book shelf with short reviews of noteworthy books – not all of which are new publications. The whole package is very nicely put up with some very fine line drawing illustrations. All in all, an enjoyable read and I was tempted to subscribe. Given what is on offer the price is not unreasonable 10 pounds per issue whether in single copy or subscription with a flat 15 pounds for shipping. A year’s worth for 55 pounds. And yet…. I have been heavily into buying used books and could get quite a bookshelf of sailing literature and guides for what amounts to about $90.00. However I will keep an eye on the webpage with the table of contents listings and can always order anything that catches my eye.