Our features include Sam Jefferson telling the tall tale of 'Bully' Waterman and his hell ship Challenge, while Jamie Campbell has a look at working on your own traditional boat. We focus on the tall ship Picton Castle, the early days of the SS Robin and the ever-popular Kathleen & May, which is currently for sale in her native Bideford. Our photo start is of the Stavros S Niarchos leaving Liverpool; this sets the tone for our report on this year's Tall Ships' Races.
Celebrating the 250th birthday of admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, we take a brief look at the life and times of Britain's most important naval hero. He was impetuous, zealous and melodramatic: he was also audaciously lucky, fiercely patriotic and tactically inspired. Taking in his early years and his major battles, this feature is brought to life by stunning images from the Norfolk Nelson Museum and the Royal Naval Museum.
In our regular features, Duncan Wells looks at tackle and the difference between true and apparent windspeed. Around the Coastline takes in the vast mudflat of Morecambe Bay, and Kenneth Grant is the schoolboy painter with an Eye for Art. Slipway brings you the best of forthcoming festivals and exhibitions, while Stern View precedes the London Rumfest with a wee word about grog. We also round up the latest maritime book reviews and sail training news.
TB&TS 53 will be available in most Borders bookstores, priced £3.65, and by subscription. You can also 'Just Ask' your local newsagent to order in a copy. Enjoy.