Pictures of the month

William Fife Jr. OBE was the third generation of a Scottish family of boat designers and builders. Many of the yachts were built at Fairlie with superb craftsmanship. They were known as “fast and bonnie”. In the early 20th century several of William Fife’s yachts took part in the America’s Cup

Crossfields of Arnside Francis John Crossfield built his first boat in 1838. By 1851 the family employed 3 people boat building. By 1885 when Francis John had retired, five Crossfield brothers were running the business. The boats were designed by William Crossfield


The Republic of Indonesia has over 17,000 equatorial islands. From prehistoric times timber ships have enabled communications, transport, fishing and livelihoods. The tradition of boat building was developed and continued in South Sulawesi by the Makassarese and Bugis people. Pinisi refers to the ketch type rig on sailing craft built from 1900.

The UNESCO Unique Cultural Heritage Committee voted to include the ‘art of boat building in South Sulawesi’ as part of the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage,