Smy tells it as he lived it; the hard work, the humour, the resilience of the sailormen, as both the crews and their craft were known in the coasting trade. Expertly compiled and edited by Anthony Osler, this book is illustrated by atmospheric pencil drawings from the talented Angus Stirling, a one -time member of the East Anglian Group of Marine Artists. ‘Whe’re yer for?’ – a turn of phrase once hailed from one sailing barge to another when plying their trades in the spitways and channels of the south-east corner of England, is Harold’s own story of a remarkable life afloat.
‘If I was to take just one book on holiday it would be this. Perfectly formed, lavishly illustrated, sheer enjoyment.’
Michael Grey – Lloyds List
‘An evocative tale … amusing anecdotes and a real insight into life on a working barge. Beautifully illustrated.’