Taking on Giants
Western Ferries developed a successful service to Islay in the 1960s but were ousted from the route by the state-subsidized competitor. This account of the company’s operations tells the story of the corporate battle and the subsequent development of profitable routes including across the Firth of Clyde.
The Changing Scene of Merchant Shipping
A Photographic Survey
With a collection 100 photographs and informative captions, Hucknall surveys the merchant shipping industry since the late 1990s in sections on container ships, general cargo vessels, ro-ros, bulk carriers, reefers, passenger ships, tugs and tankers.
A History of Frank C Strick and His Many Shipping Enterprises
From one small ship in 1887, Frank Clarke Strick (1849–1943) created a shipping and coal bunkering empire ranging across the UK, the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. This book presents a profile of Strick and his company, along with illustrated fleet lists of his many enterprises. Off-mint.
Heraldry of the Oceans
The Garb of the Merchant Seafarer
The traditions and insignia of Britain's merchant fleet have been less well documented than those of the Royal Navy, but there are detailed uniform regulations for mercantile seafarers and famous shipping lines such as White Star had their own specific outfits and rank insignia. Featuring hundreds of colour illustrations, this reference work is a comprehensive review of uniforms, medals and badges. The book also contains contextual articles on the history of the merchant fleet and the development and production of uniforms.
The Coming of the Comet
The Rise and Fall of the Paddle Steamer
Over ten years before the Stockton and Darlington Railway opened, Henry Bell's Comet of 1812 started the steam revolution in shipping and paddle steamers were soon serving tourists on coastal cruises and carrying passengers and cargo around the world to reliable timetables. This book examines the developments in paddle steamer design and technology through the 19th century, describing the most important vessels including the pioneering transatlantic ships of Samuel Cunard and the famous Mississippi sternwheelers. Slightly off-mint.
A History of the Liverpool Waterfront 1850–1890
The Struggle for Organisation
In an age before steam had ousted the clippers and Liverpool’s quays were still a forest of masts, the city’s 18,000 dock workers – many of them of Irish descent – began to organize themselves into trades unions. Extensively illustrated with historic prints and photographs, this groundbreaking study charts the struggles of these workers to improve their conditions and build self-reliance in the face of increasing mechanization, and vividly recreates the hustle and bustle of the Victorian waterfront.