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Much of his youth was spent at Oporto, where his father was a merchant, but when he entered the business, he made his headquarters in London.
He early wrote newspaper articles on Portuguese subjects. These were translated into Portuguese, and the author received a Portuguese order of knighthood and a pension for his services in the conclusion of the commercial treaty of In Peter the Whaler, his first book for boys, came out. These books proved so popular that Kingston retired from business, and devoted himself to the production of tales of adventure for boys.
Within thirty years he wrote upwards of one hundred and thirty such books. He had a practical knowledge of seamanship, and his stories of the sea, full of thrilling adventures and hairbreadth escapes, exactly hit the taste of his boy readers. He also wrote popular accounts of famous travellers by land and sea, and translated some of the stories of Jules Verne. In all philanthropic schemes Kingston took deep interest; he was the promoter of the mission to seamen; and he acted as secretary of a society for promoting an improved system of emigration. He was editor of the Colonist for a short time in and of the Colonial Magazine and East Indian Review from to He was a supporter of the volunteer movement in England from the first.
We also provide a plain TEXT version and full instructions for using this to make your own audiobook. These transcriptions of books by various nineteenth century authors of instructive books for teenagers, were made during the period to the present day by Athelstane e-Books. Most of the books are concerned with the sea, but in any case all will give a good idea of life in the nineteenth century, and sometimes earlier than that. This of course includes attitudes prevalent at the time, but frowned upon nowadays. We used a Plustek OpticBook scanner to scan the pages. We then made a pdf which we used to assist with editing the OCRed text.
Did you know Scotland is surrounded by more than islands and the best way to discover them is on the water? A once in a lifetime opportunity to lesurley cruise around the British Isles on a 70ft ketch this will allow you to explore many parts of the UK that you might otherwise never see. Britain's is blessed with historic castles, cities both old and modern, rolling countryside making it a great land to explore on your free time ashore. We will be spending the night in some of the UKs costal ports ports giving you time to explore the many hidden tresures of the British Isles.
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This is the home of Cowes Week, the oldest and biggest sailing regatta in the world. Cowes is a vibrant, exciting place at any time, with sporting and cultural events throughout the year. The town stretches across the mouth of the River Medina estuary. Located on the Isle of Wight on the west bank of the Estuary of the River Medina, Cowes is a lively and popular seaport and a mecca for sailors from all over the world, who descend on the marina each year for Cowes Week and numerous other world famous regattas. Cowes itself is compact with a good selection of sailing shops, pubs and restaurants and at night time comes alive especially during Cowes Week and the summer months.
Ramsgate has been a popular seaside resort since the 19th Century with a rich maritime heritage. Set amidst stunning countryside, overlooked by Scarborough castle and overlooking sweeping bays complete with harbour, and marina. Amble is a town, civil parish and seaport on the North Sea coast of Northumberland, England.
It lies at the mouth of the River Coquet, and the nearby Coquet Island is visible from its beaches and harbour. Edinburgh is Scotland's compact, hilly capital. Macduff is a town in the Banff and Buchan area of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Even so, that is not a reason to automatically avoid a harbour: everything depends on weather and swell. Green Bay, in the Isles of Scilly. A yacht that can take the ground has a greater choice of moorings and anchorages.
Small harbours, often the focal points of communities, are among the great delights of our home cruising grounds. Visiting yachts are usually welcomed warmly, with the locals offering helpful advice, vacant moorings or perhaps a lift to the nearest garage with fuel cans. A skipper who has maintained a rolling passage plan should be able to judge whether there is a window of opportunity to divert from the coastal track and spend time at an old quayside.
People have voyaged around Britain by canoe and sailboard, so a cruising yacht should be more than adequate. However some aspects of design and equipment deserve attention. They may also need very long lines for warps and springs, to allow for the great rise and fall of tide in places like the Bristol Channel. In the days when trading and fishing was done under sail, most vessels used drying berths, and before the advent of steam dredgers and gated basins this was normal practice in even the larger ports. When cruising far from popular yachting areas, self-sufficiency often means having to carry stuff by hand.
We usually put a couple of ten-litre plastic containers in the dinghy when rowing ashore because small coastal settlements normally boast a public tap. Topping-up little and often keeps the main tank close to full, so that we never waste time on a diversion to a marina hose. Similarly if there is no harbour-side fuel pump, a container-full from a filling station may seem expensive but preferable to another diversion.
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Buying food, in remote places such as north Scotland, is less of a problem than it used to be since small supermarkets have been established in many villages. For coastal cruising in out-of-the way places, London Apprentice carries solar panels and a dinghy on davits. Of course, for a boat at anchor a decent tender is a prime requirement — one that can be launched and recovered without hassle. To escape from the madding crowd and enjoy life to the full in delightfully uncivilised places, a yacht and her crew must be able to function without shore power. To give the engine a rest, consider fitting solar panels or a wind generator.
We have cruised for 27 years on London Apprentice with all our power drawn from just three ten-watt panels, and have never run short of amps. Heating should not be a major issue in summer cruising, although some artificial warmth will be welcome in May or early June if winds are from the north. Fresh bread can be baked on board and if the boat has no oven a closed pan will do the job. On a yacht with no built-in shower a solar shower bag in the cockpit will be quite acceptable. The anticlockwise bias of sea breezes can make a significant difference for a yacht sailing around the British Isles.
The diagram suggests one way of rationalising a long-term cruising plan, whether it involves a slow circuit over several summers or a series of separate cruises. They are also convenient for weekend cruising because their headlands, estuaries and islands allow for some sheltered-water sailing in poor weather.
Each could serve as a temporary base for part or all of a season, with ample opportunities for local sailing or holiday excursions to adjoining areas. However, there are fewer facilities for yachts. For example, on two cruises to Scotland and Ireland we needed to purchase items of chandlery but could not find what we wanted until we arrived back at Falmouth.
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On the coastlines between the marked zones there are many notable cruising destinations, some of which have home moorings for hundreds of yachts. Their usual drawback is that local sailing conditions are more susceptible to weather because there are fewer headlands or estuaries to create areas of relatively calm water. Entering a small harbour, such as Portreath, Cornwall, will not be easy in onshore winds or swell. This is where intelligent passage planning, combining a good appreciation of meteorology, tidal tactics and sea state, can make the difference between steady progress and dangerous misjudgment.
For a quick sail around, this article will go anticlockwise. Our experience suggests the anticlockwise bias of sea breezes will make a difference for nearly half the trip. As an occasional visitor to this zone, I reckon its main attraction is the quiet, unpretentious cosiness of its riverside towns and villages. I know that many inhabitants are London commuters but big-city attitudes are quickly squelched by the reality of East Coast mud. Old timber jetties, gravel hards and houseboats have survived the impact of modern developments and it is still possible to tack gently up rivers such as the Orwell or the Alde, like those old sailing coasters, and anchor in rural surroundings.
Even better, we may be in company with the genuine article: Thames sailing barges work these estuaries under full sail, now carrying passengers rather than cargo but demonstrating how to use wind power alone in the tightest of corners. Many yacht crews will want to travel up the Thames into central London but even here the waterside environment softens the harsh edges of modern life and we have contented memories of lying in St Katharine Docks.
Occasional suits padded by with briefcases but the city was only a faint murmur beyond the dockside buildings and both swans and coots were nesting in the basin. Pushing north past Lowestoft, we are faced with a very different scenario. The whole of the east coast of England and Scotland is exposed to easterly winds, with only a few protected estuaries, and the best conditions for covering distance will probably be in a southwesterly airflow or southeasterly sea breezes.
It is difficult to resist the romance of Whitby, whether Captain Cook or Count Dracula excites your interest, and central Newcastle is great fun, even if the harbour authority now prohibits sailing craft from tacking in the River Tyne — the skippers of the old collier brigs would have been most unimpressed!
Portsoy, on the Moray Firth, is an ancient harbour that holds an annual festival for classic boats. A few wilder anchorages are accessible in suitable conditions, such as the sand dune harbours of north Norfolk and the inlet at Holy Island. The most common wind direction in summer is from SSW — we were treated to fairly placid seas with southerly winds and even anchored for several nights, off Talmine and in the Kyle of Durness, while waiting for the right conditions for rounding Cape Wrath.
Wide Scapa Flow, which gives access to Stromness Marina, was an important naval anchorage in two world wars. Mary and I made a diversion to the Orkneys, but only to Stromness, with a calm passage through the historic naval anchorage of Scapa Flow, which enabled us to split the transit of the Pentland Firth into two legs.
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I am not qualified to write about the northern Orkneys or the Shetlands, but I know a man who is: John MacMullen and his wife Ann took their Twister, Crionna , there in , see below. Rent a car and explore. Self-sufficiency and a well-found craft are the prime requirements for getting the most from this area. Be sure to have the excellent Clyde Cruising Club Pilots and a good set of charts. Planning is all. Heading north from Stromness, we were surprised by the greenness of the landscape and the extensive agriculture.