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Eileen Ramsay Photo Archive saved for the Nation Print E-mail

The work of Eileen Ramsay, the Queen of yachting photography from the early 1950s to 1970s, has been saved for posterity. 

This famous sailing archive, which records the explosion in dinghy, small boat sailing and powerboating in Britain after World War II, also includes historic pictures of sailing pioneers from the first Observer Single-handed Transatlantic Races (OSTAR) and the solo voyages of Francis Chichester, Alec Rose and Eric Tabarly.

The pictures are available for reproduction and as display prints.
To search the archive, enter either the boat name, sail No, class, event, or negative No in the search box top left. 



Olympic pictures

The famous archive includes long forgotten images of Olympic sailors Keith Musto and Tony Morgan, Silver medalists at the 1964 Games in Tokyo, and Rodney Pattisson and Ian MacDonald-Smith who won Gold for Britain in the same Flying Dutchman class at the Mexico Games in 1968.  She also recorded the career of Charles Currey, who won Silver at the Helsinki Games in 1952, and Robin Aisher, who represented Britain in the 5.5m keelboat class at the 1960 and ’64 Games before finally winning Bronze at the Acapulco regatta in ’68.

Other noted sailors to have fallen within Eileen Ramsay’s focus have been Stewart Morris, Gold Medal winner at the 1948 Games in Torquay, fellow International 14 champion and Olympic representative Bruce Banks, and Sir John Oakeley, the son of wrestling champion Sir Atholl Oakeley, who became one of Britain’s most successful dinghy champions in the 60s and 70s, winning the Merlin Rocket crown three times in succession before going on to win the Flying Dutchman world championship.


Eileen, now aged 96, has kept her photo archive intact and called in PPL Photo Agency to digitise the pictures and manage the Library.

Barry Pickthall, at PPL, says: "It was very important to save Eileen Ramsay's archive. As well as photographing dinghies and yachts for more than 2 decades, she was a specialist portrait photographer, and her early pictures of Francis Chichester, Eric Tabarly, Alec Rose and those OSTAR pioneers have great significance when recording Britain's sailing history."

PPL already holds the official archives of Chichester, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and Sir Chay Blyth in their specialist 'Pictures of Yesteryear' online archive at www.pplmedia.com.




America's Cup

PPL also holds a comprehensive collection of pictures and fine art illustrations covering the America's Cup and all forms of sailing, dating back to the mid 1850s when the 100 Guineas Cup and the race around the Isle of Wight, led to the start of the America's Cup.


Click Here to view Eileen Ramsay's images currently on line - more will follow shortly. For further details contact PPL LTD on 01243 555561 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it