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July 19, 2018 Exclusively British Magazine: Britannia rules the waves

From transport and trade to pleasure and performance – the British boatbuilding industry has commanded respect for five centuries.

As Ratty and Mole wend their merry way down a stream in Kenneth Grahame’s beloved novel The Wind in the Willows, Rat puts into words the inexplicable draw that boating has for so many a 500-year-old British industry – started by King Henry VIII who was the first monarch to dedicate considerable time and money into growing the British fleet.


British boatbuilding soon expanded beyond naval vessels and those used for transport and trade, into something that celebrated boating for pleasure.


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