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Published 2007, Hardback, 156 photographs, mostly colour and illustrations, 5 boat plans, 2 maps. 20,871 words. This book breaks new ground by bringing to life the story of the work-boats on the East Coast of England and the people who sail them. Robert Simper left school in 1953, and started work on the family farms when horses were still being worked beside the first tractors. Drawn by the lure of the sea, he went off crewing on some of the last barges trading under sail and these two experiences gave him a great passion for the old ways of life when the countryside moved at the speed of a horse and the merchant fleet of coastal Britain were moved by wind power. He began writing because of a back injury in 1963 and has written extensively in magazines and books ever since. With his wife Pearl he has travelled endlessly recording and photographing the age that has almost gone. Although there was much wrong with the old ways in the unequal opportunities and degrading poverty, the best from the past should be recorded and saved. The beautiful Thames sailing barges, the luggers of Cornwall, the wonderful old houses and above all the English countryside should try and hold back the tide of urbanisation.
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Book Description Creekside Publishing, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: Used; Very Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. Though second-hand, the book is still in very good shape. Minimal signs of usage may include very minor creasing on the cover or on the spine. Seller Inventory # CHL3208940