About this book
An exploration of the legends and traditions from Britain's coasts, from 2 renowned folklorists. Includes 'Jack the Painter', whose chains may be heard rattling in Portsmouth Harbour, and why Scottish Highlanders believed that seals were enchanted royalty.
Pirates and smugglers, ghost ships and sea-serpents, fishermen's prayers and sailors' rituals - the coastline of the British Isles plays host to an astonishingly rich variety of local legends, customs and superstitions. This book gathers together the tales and traditions, tracing their origins and examining the facts behind the legends.