by Martin Black.
Peggy Bawn Press, 2011.
large format [30x27cm]. 496 pages.
an important new book in the field of yachting literature, tracing the life and career of George Lennox Watson, one of the foremost yacht designers of the late 19th century. Watson’s career covered one of the most exciting periods in the development of yacht design and this sumptuous book forms a fitting tribute to his legacy. The text comprehensively records his wide range of designs, from the 8-ton ‘Peg Woffington’ built in 1874, to the great first class yachts, including ‘Britannia’, and the many fine steam yachts that evolved from his drawing board. Watson’s designs for the America’s Cup challengers are fully documented, and their campaigns vividly described, and there is a chapter devoted to his significant contribution to the development of a new style of Lifeboat for the RNLI. The text is complemented by a stunning collection of contemporary photographs, many never before published.
A fine book, highly recommended