Reeds Almanac 90th anniversary

It’s going to be quite a special year for the Reeds Nautical Almanac. Not only is it the year the Almanac comes of age with Adlard Coles, having been part of our nautical family for 18 years now, but we are also celebrating the Almanac’s 90th anniversary.

The Almanac was first published by Harold Brunton-Reed in 1932. He commissioned Captain Oswald M Watts (one of the youngest Merchant Navy officers to hold a Master’s certificate, at the age of 23) to compile the very first edition, and Watts continued to edit it until his retirement in 1981. The first edition was published on 1st January 1932 and cost 2/6 (12.5 pence in today’s money).

The Almanac’s finest hour undoubtedly came in 1944, when the Admiralty ordered 3,000 copies of the Almanac so that all the vessels involved in the D-Day landings would have a copy to take to Normandy. We have a copy of most editions of the Almanac dating back that far, but the D-Day edition is one of the notable exceptions – they are exceptionally rare beasts these days, so if you do have one, we would love to see some photos.

The 2022 edition of the Almanac will be published on 19th August at an RRP of £49.99, but you can buy it with a 10% discount direct from our website: Reeds Nautical Almanac 2022: : Reed’s Almanac Reeds (bloomsbury.com)

To get the best deal on the Almanac each year, you can subscribe by direct debit for only £32.50. This way you will be sent your Almanac as soon as stock hits the warehouse, and you are guaranteed our best price. What’s more, you will get exclusive subscriber benefits, including 5% off purchases over £50 at GaelForce, 30% off any books bought at Bloomsbury.com, with more offers set to be announced soon. You can read more about the subscription offer here: Reeds Nautical Almanac 2022: : Reed’s Almanac Reeds (bloomsbury.com)

For those who prefer to have all the Almanac information on their tablet or laptop, you will probably be more interested in the PDF ebook (which also incorporates the Reeds Marina Guide that comes separately with the print editions).

Finally, don’t forget that we provide important updates for the Almanac every month between January and June. To receive the latest PDF(s), email adlardcoles@bloomsbury.com with a proof of purchase, and let us know whether it is the main Almanac, regional edition or the Reeds PBO Small Craft Almanac you need the information for.

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