Saturday, May 16, 2009

Archer / Atkin Bookshelf

There is not a lot of writing either by or about Colin Archer and William Atkin. Here are four books and an article concerning them.

Colin Archer and the Seaworthy Double-Ender by John Leather discusses the formation of the Norwegian Society of Sea Rescue (NSSR) by Dr. Oscar Tybring and the design of a standard lifeboat model by Colin Archer. There is an excerpt of the book here.

Magic Ships: The Life Story of Colin Archer by Lorna McDonald. McDonald is an Australian writer who has written many historical books including another one about the Archer Family's move to Australia from Norway.

Of Yachts & Men by William Atkin is a survey of the author's designs and philosophies.

The Sea Remains the Same is an article by Daniel MacNaughton about William Atkin that was published in WoodenBoat shortly after Atkin's passing in 1999.

The Colin Archer books seem to be rare ans somewhat expensive. One may need to import them.

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