Albert Strange (1855-1917) was one of the foremost designers of small cruising yachts and his craft, acknowledged to be of classic quality, were and still are sought after by small boat sailors and builders in many countries. His designs, and his writings on the subject, contributed significantly to the evolution of the seaworthy cruising yacht. He had a lifelong career in art, exhibiting many times at the Royal Academy, and turned to yacht design as an activity complementary to his love of small boat sailing.
He combined the artistic, the practical, the adventurous and the gregarious, in a way rarely found today. Beyond his enduring art and designs, he embodied qualities of seamanship, resourcefulness, humour and grace, and an ability to appreciate and communicate the entire experience of cruising under sail, which are not often equaled.
With thanks to the ASA for use of this information. The SMHC has the latest book about Albert.
Images courtesy of Scarborough Yacht Club & The Albert Strange Association