About Sim Comfort Associates

Sim Comfort grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, joined the USN in 1960 and became part of the Naval Security Group where he was eventually posted to London and became a librarian of codes and ciphers. Having read the Hornblower series while on Guam Island, London was the perfect posting to pursue an interest in British naval history. Having left the Navy in 1964, Sim returned to London and ultimately settled as a permanent resident working for computer companies in sales and finance. This allowed Sim to scour auctions and antique shops in his search for naval relics, weapons, paintings and manuscript material. These collections and the sea stories that surround them led Sim to writing several books about them.

Today, the production of fine limited editions with a theme of fighting sail keeps Sim pretty well occupied. Here’s an overview of his publishing activity. Sim Comfort Associates was founded in 1974. The object has always been to produce books of the very highest quality. That was the priority in 1974 and is still the priority.  consider the paper, printing and binding of each title very carefully.  The object is not just to reprint a title, but to produce a book which will challenge the original in terms of craftsmanship and style.  I want to produce reprints that will last as long as the original copies.

If you are interested in the golden age of Fighting Sail (1793 – 1815), then you have found the right site. Through the two titles by David Steel, (Elements and Practice of Naval Architecture and Rigging & Seamanship), you will have all you need to build, rig, sail and fight the ships of this period.

In addition to this, through James Jenkins’s Naval Achievements, you will be able to visualise these great contests at sea by viewing the wonderful colour aquatints based on Thomas Whitcombe’s
watercolours, as well as read
ing the victorious commander’s dispatch to his commanding admiral.

In the words of Patrick O’Brian, “I think the reprint of Jenkins is a quite remarkably successful piece of book production and I send you my hearty congratulations on the quality of your paper, colour reproduction, letterpress and binding.”  Words to bring a glow to any publisher, however small!

With Naval Swords and Dirks, you now have a two volume reference for officers’ swords, hangers, cutlasses and dirks that makes you part of a boarding party! With over 1,250 colour images, you will find the details of each piece that are found nowhere else. This is the prefect companion to Boarders Away and Swords for Sea Service.

Lord Nelson’s Swords is volume III to Naval Swords and Dirks and provides all of the information you need to identify the sword that Nelson used as a fighting sword. As the whereabouts of this sword are unknown, you now have the chance to search it out. Also included are the fine City of London,
Egyptian Club and Nile swords plus an overview of the swords and vases presented by the Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund.

Forget Me Not is a study of folk art, maritime lore, and tales of derring-do. The practice of engraving a coin as a sailor’s promise of return is very old and certainly warrants a place alongside scrimshaw as an important addition to the mariner’s art.

2017 saw the publishing of my Matthew Boulton’s Naval Medals. There is little doubt that with Boulton’s production of the Otaheite (Resolution & Adventure) medal which was distributed by Captain Cook on his 2nd and 3rd voyages, Boulton became part of Cook’s adventure and a champion of British sea power. Boulton had never struck a medal before and this work takes you right through his learning curve. Then came steam, which Boulton in partnership with James Watt, played an important role in creating the Industrial Revolution. His expertise at the Soho Mint was completed with the talented engraver, Conrad Kuchler, joining him. With that partnership were published the Earl Howe 1st of June medal, the Davison Nile medal, Earl St Vincent’s medal and lastly the Boulton Trafalgar medal, probably the greatest of all the British naval medals. Each of these medals are examined in detail in this comprehensive study.

With the bicentennial of Trafalgar in 2005, Malcolm Appleby produced The Appleby Trafalgar Medal which has received critical acclaim with Malcolm receiving the Gold Award for engraving and the Silver Award for modelling from the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths. Have a look at the medal
and do read the background information, as the medal captures a fair amount of new information about the conflict between Victory and Redoubtable.

2012 saw the Centenary of the great achievements of both Roald Amundsen and Captain Scott in their race to the South Pole. To remember these men, SCA has published The South Polar Race medal, 100 years have gone by and only 100 medals will be produced. Fashioned by Danuta Solowiej, the Polish sculptress of renown, the medal also received critical acclaim with Danuta winning the Goldsmith’s silver award for modelling in 2012.

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