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you can find out more about the kayaks or order plans if you want
build one of your own. For information on materials click
Also visit www.foldingkayaks.org.
"A great resource for the consumer." But check mine out first
Also see www.knoydart.co.uk to buy a folding kayak in the UK
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Happy Paddling, Richard Mitchell
The COCKLESHELL CANOES
British Military Canoes of World War 2
320 Pages with 134 Photographs. Size 248x172mm
Filled with many rare and unpublished photographs, this publication contains
a gripping tale. A tale about a most unusual mode of warfare wrapped up within
a very human story. This story represents the first and only definitive work
of the entire history and development of British military canoes during World
War Two and much of the 'Most Secret' information within has never been revealed
The story is a celebration of those individuals, some of great fame like 'Blondie'
Hasler and the other Cockleshell heroes, who have become part of canoe history.
Many others will become accredited through this work; a product of real life
testimonies within the stories of the commanders, inventors and designers. It
tells of the epic journey of progress that canoe development took from Cornwall,
all along the Southern English Coast, even to the tropical island of Ceylon.
Thousands of various marks of canoe were sent worldwide and used operationally,
representing an entirely new facet of maritime military history and showing how
clandestine warfare was conducted by the various Special Forces during World
War Two, including the S.O.E. This 'Most Secret' endeavour used the code name
'Cockle' for the canoes. One such 'Cockle' was equally at ease below the water
as it was above; the designer even suggested that it could be used as a carrier
for an Atomic bomb.
The work is deserving of the description... 'Indispensable' and tells the dramatic
story of the 'Cockles' and how these tiny canoes helped the Allied cause on almost
Click here to download the complete synopsis (PDF - 104KB)