Adlard Coles Nautical

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Adlard Coles Nautical
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Parent companyBloomsbury Publishing Plc
FounderK Adlard Coles
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationLondon
Key peopleElizabeth Multon (Publisher)
Nonfiction topicsNautical books
ImprintsThomas Reed, Reeds Nautical Almanacs, Conway
Official websiteAdlard Coles Nautical

Adlard Coles Nautical is a nautical publisher,[1] with over 300 books in print. The company publishes books on topics of interest to sailors and motorboaters and also ‘landlubbers’ with an interest in the sea. Their list includes almanacs, cruising guides, pilot books and how-to instruction books, as well as large format photographic books, sailing narratives and sea-related reference, maritime history, humour and trivia books.[2]

Adlard Coles Nautical has been part of Bloomsbury Publishing since 2003.


The company was founded by yachtsman Kaines Adlard Coles in 1947. He wrote many of the books, including pilots, sailing narratives and Heavy Weather Sailing, which continues to be published by the company (in an updated form).[3]

A & C Black Publishers, which had bought Nautical Books in 1987, acquired the Adlard Coles company in 1990 and merged the two companies into the Adlard Coles Nautical imprint.[citation needed]

In 2000, A & C Black was bought by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc and in 2003 the company acquired the Reeds Nautical Almanac.[4] In September 2014, Bloomsbury bought Conway Publishing and the maritime history list now complements the Adlard Coles Nautical imprint.[5]

Notable authors in the Adlard Coles Nautical fold[edit]


  1. ^ Yachting and Boating World no longer maintaining a directory, May 2018
  2. ^ NoonSite Archived 2012-02-16 at the Wayback Machine, accessed 30 May 2018
  3. ^ Hanse Schiffstechnik International UK Archived April 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, accessed 30 May 2018
  4. ^ Archived 2011-08-21 at the Wayback Machine, accessed 30 May 2018
  5. ^ Bloomsbury buys Pavilion's Conway imprint, accessed 30 May 2018

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