Welcome to Watermarks

Tower in the rain

The Eiffel Tower in the rain taken from a boat on the River Seine

As a photographer, I am merely an enthusiastic opportunist. As a sailor, I am inclined towards small boat pottering- see the page on Fleur. Happily, these two rewarding activities come together rather well and this is largely what Watermarks is all about. As people of an island nation, most of us like to look upon the sea, if only through rain spattered glasses some-times. But the photographs are not exclusively about boats and the sea, other topics are here as well: people, places, things and some simply because I like them. And there are tales too- traveller’s tales about faraway places.  I’d like to think you will enjoy them.


Travel broadens the mind, it can also make your feet ache. But if you travel far enough you will meet yourself coming in the opposite direction and give a little nod and shake hands on a job well done.


My second book, published by Amberley in May 2017

A book packed full of great photos and interesting stories. Recounting maritme heritage from right around the globe. Bristol Channel pilot cutters with a world wide reputation, John Cabot setting out from Bristol in his tiny ship, Matthew, to diiscover America, mutiny and murder on the Cutty Sark, famous Antarctic exploration ships, working boats, racing yachts and training ships. These and many more make it a truly riveting read. Available at £14.99 from Amazon and book shops everywhere.



‘Sailing Gaffers’ is it the boats or is it the people?

Sailing Gaffers

Sailing Gaffers – Available now!


Sailing Gaffers celebrating 50 years of the OGA, the Association of Gaff Rig Sailing. A celebration, full of stories of people, boats and sailing. If you would like to buy a copy, click here.

You can also read about Nutmeg’s brush with Portsmouth in Welsh Gaffers Log




If you happewatermarks-wob-expoevn to be nearby, amble on down to World of Boats (alongside the Dr WHO Experience) at Cardiff Bay where there is currently an exhibition of maritime photographs from around the world, by yours truly, part of the Watermarks Collection.

They do have some interesting boats there as well, including a Morecombe Bay Prawner called Charlotte currently being restored. You can pop into the workshop and chat with the shipwrights or volunteers. Just take note of the sign that says ‘Please do not feed the shipwrights’

Some other things you may find interesting on this site

Photo of the Month

Fleur A delightful little lug sailed ketch

Travelers Tales A selection of short extracts from my travel journals

And take a look at Welsh Gaffers Log for the latest murmurings

And the Albums of course, for a whole crop of interesting images