rapidly climbed the ladder of seniority, becoming master of
the diminutive Thames sailing barge Camelia by the
time he was twenty-one. Within two years he had progressed
from command of his employer's smallest barge to their newest
and largest, by the measure of the day, the ultimate development
of the coastal spritsail sailing barge, the 190 ton Scone.
She was to be his charge for more than twenty years, scouring
the North Sea, English Channel and the Continent for hard
was a tough way to earn a living, an ongoing contest with
the elements, with the weather and sea often appearing to
have the upper hand. And if the elements were tamed the trade
itself could be the enemy; no cargoes, long delays and fierce
This detailed autobiographical account, augmented by the
reminiscences of 'Harry's' younger son Albert, compiled and
edited by Richard Walsh, presents a fresh and fascinating
insight into a way of life long gone.
Size 285 x 215mm, 192 pages, 136 photographs, illustrated
end papers, hardback cloth covers with laminated dust jacket,
New Edition with chart of ports visited.
ISBN 0 9532422 1 8