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Sirdhana article
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Sirdhana on the Hooghly River

From the brush of David Bray Sirdhana on the Hooghly River This article, and other to come,  follow a series which Sea Breezes magazine is …

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Wherrying Tales

Teapot

The Tale of “Teapot” First published in the NWT Journal, Spring 1989 by “Leveret” (David Bray) The wherry lay on the White Swan quay in …

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Quanting up to West Somerton
Wherrying Tales

Random Jottings of a Skipper

Random Jottings of a Skipper First published in the NWT Journal, Autumn 1986  Author: Admiral Elsan (David Bray) Quanting up to West Somerton I would like to …

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Wherries - Breydon Water
Wherrying Tales

Breydon Days

Breydon Days On 28th June 2019 “Albion” and “Maud” sailed in company across Breydon”.  I would guess that this was the first time in eighty …

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Arthur Ransome
Wherrying Tales

Footsteps of Arthur Ransome

Footsteps of Arthur Ransome First published in the Spring 1984 NWT Journal. Author: Leveret (David Bray) Arthur Ransome Some things are precious, and among our …

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Wherrying with Nat
Wherrying Tales

Wherrying with Nat

Wherrying with Nat I have often been asked the question – “How did you learn to sail Albion?” Well, it’s a long story, and it …

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See Breezes featuring David's Otranto painting
News

Sea Breezes – Otranto

Sea Breezes – Otranto The venerable ‘Sea Breezes’ magazine which celebrated its centenary in 2019, is featuring some of David’s paintings in a series called …

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DPO Handbook - Third Edition
News

Dynamic Positioning – new 3rd Edition

DP Operator’s Handbook – 3rd Edition A major update of this definitive work is now available after a major update. Accepted as the standard textbook …

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City of Canberra
Curiosities

A visit to Sydney

A Visit to Sydney It was 1970. I was 2nd Mate in a cargo ship, the “City of Canberra”, sailing on the MANZ line route …

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City of Karachi
Curiosities

Nautical Heath and Safety

Nautical Health and Safety I had always wanted to join the Merchant Navy. And here I was, cadet with Ellerman Lines. Joined my first ship …

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Apprentices on a sailing ship ‘streaming the log’
Curiosities

Ten and a Chinaman!

Ten and a Chinaman (Why nautical speed is measured in knots) Ship speed is measured in “knots”, a knot being a speed of one nautical …

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Queen Mary in Southampton, 1969
Curiosities

Queen Mary’s Whistle

Queen Mary’s Whistle In November 2014 I had a speaking appointment aboard Queen Mary 2. Very pleased finally to get to lecture on board this magnificent …

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John Biscoe
Curiosities

Small World – The People You Meet

The People You Meet… One of the joys of serving as a cruise-ship speaker is talking to the members of the audience after a lecture. …

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Curiosities

An Old Friend – John Biscoe Launch

An Old Friend From 1972 till 1975 I served as Navigating Officer in the RRS (Royal Research Ship) “John Biscoe”. This was an interesting appointment, …

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