The Little Ship Club Library

Come in and browse

We warmly encourage members to come in and browse – particularly on a Tuesday evening when you are most likely to find it open and the Librarian at work. 

Library Notice

Anyone interested in the Club's collection of original copies of Yachting Monthly published during the first half of 20th Century should contact the Hon to arrange a viewing.

Congratulations to Rodney Pell, Club member & HPO Ramsgate, owner of the little ship Sheemaun, and author of “Little Ship, Big Story”. He has been nominated for the Mountbatten Award for Best Book, one of the Maritime Foundation Awards.

Our collection

We have a small but comprehensive collection of specialist books on all aspects of boats and boating.  Some of these books have been in the Club's possession since its foundation in 1926 and make fascinating reading, while some are the latest publications.


Borrowing books

If the Hon Librarian is not about,  ask the Club Office about access to the Library and to the bookshelves.   You will find instructions on how to find a book and how to borrow a book in the Sign Out Shelf in the right-hand bookcase.  There is a Blue Folder which contains a printout of the Catalogue and a brown Borrowing Log where you can record the book you wish to borrow.



Design, building, buying, rigs, fittings, engines, electrics, repair and maintenance.


Techniques, boat handling, seamanship, crewing, anchors and moorings, knots, flags, safety and cooking.


The latest pilot books, cruising guides,  almanacs and tidal data, legal matters.  These are reference books for use only within the Club House;  they can be found in the left-hand cupboard.  All questions yoiu might have on the catalogue system in this section are answered on the information sheet pinned up in that cupboard


Factual of general nature, oceans, seas and marine biology, marine art fiction —' tales, long, short and tall', nautical humour and bunkside books.


Naval History, biographies, descriptions of evolution of nautical arts & crafts


Meteorology in general, weather forecasting, equipment and instruments


Techniques of pilotage, coastal and offshore navigation, development and use of navigation equipment


Racing rules, techniques


Design, care and repair of sails, sailmaking & sailmakers.

The authors are listed alphabeticaly within each category and each book has its own catalogue number.

Buying books

Can't get into the Club to borrow a book?  Visit our book reviews page and buy from our Amazon Store. Click on the green box Buy from Amazon and continue shopping on Amazon.

Can't see what you want? Browse the catalogues of some of the Club's favourite publishers.
Fernhurst Books

Fernhurst Books

An independent company, run by a team of enthusiastic sailors and racers.  With a catalogue that reflects this.

Whittles Publishing

Whittles Publishing

 A wide range of excellent non-fiction books and professional titles.

The world’s largest nautical publisher,with books for all levels of expertise and on all topics of interest.

Imray Publishing


For  charts,  electronic charts and guides and pilot books by leading authors.

Geoff Quentin, Club Librarian

Book reviewers needed!

The library receives a steady supply of new books from publishers who like to see reviews of their new publications.  If you would like to try your hand at reviewing, email the

Researchers welcome

We are very happy to make our archive of older books and Club records available in the Club house for research both to members and also to non-members.   We have early editions by authors who were founder members and specialist collections, for example the Marten Van Mesdag Bequest of books about  boat building on the East Coast of both the UK and the USA.  For more information contact the Hon


Gifts and donations

The Club acknowledges the generosity of  maritime institutions, nautical  publishers and Club members who have donated books.  For more information about gifts to the Club and our donors, email: