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Sail and Oar

Sail and Oar

100 Drawings of Yorkshire’s North Sea Fishery before the advent of steam

Ernest Dade

With a Preface by Peter F. Anson & Foreword by Frank Wheeler

Synopsis: First published in 1933, this book of a hundred of Ernest Dade’s delightful pen and ink sketches of the North Sea fishing fleet in the latter part of the nineteenth century is not only a significant artistic achievement, but also an invaluable historical record.
Observed either from his own boat or from onboard the fishing boats themselves, the drawings have an immediacy rare in work of this kind—epitomized by the sketch on page 37 where it may not be too fanciful to imagine that the yawl in the foreground is Dade sailing out to meet the returning fishing fleet with pen and pad to hand.
Not only do the sketches portray the boats and their gear accurately and in great detail, but they also show the fishermen at their work both offshore and inshore from most of the fishing centres of the Yorkshire coast. The facility of Dade’s pen work can only be admired and most certainly enjoyed.
This new edition has an illustrated Postscript on the restored 40ft Bridlington Sailing Coble Three Brothers.


ISBN 978-1-907206-23-8; 216 x 156mm, 224pp, 100 drawings, 4 photographs. Softcover with sewn binding, cover flaps and matt lamination.

Price: 12.00