Monday, 7 May 2012

Blue Peter

Launched in July 1921, The Blue Peter: The Magazine of Sea Travel published maps, historical articles, short fiction, and features on ships - merchant sailing ships, passenger liners, excursion steamers, steamships, yachts, luxury steam yachts and motor cruisers - both the famous and not so well known, and articles on voyages, naval subjects, travel, and yarns of the sea, etc. Edited by A.M. and Frederick Arthur Hook, whose other publications included Merchant Adventurers, 1914-1918 (1920), Sail: The Romance of the Clipper Ships(1929), and Eastwards (1929). Photo-illustrations throughout, with full-colour advertisements and reproductions of paintings of sailing ships, it was to be found in the saloons of numerous passengers ships of the day. Published in London, price 1/-. Succeeded in May 1939 by The Trident.

Lowry refers to reading the magazine in his first novel Ultramarine; "or reading The Blue Peter" (Pg. 111) "The copy of the Blue Peter on top of my heaped clothes" (Pg. 133). A possible source for many nautical references in Lowry's work and his knowledge of Joseph Conrad and Bill Adams whose work was published in the magazine.

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