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Merchant Shipping

Through the combination of good photographs and well researched captions, the book provides an informative history of steam and motor powered coasters during the period commencing from the 1860s up to the present time. The book's introduction provides the descriptions of the various types of coasting vessels, the handling and stowing of cargoes, steam operated machinery, oil engines, coastal ship owners and ship builders. The photographs and related captions are grouped in sixteen chapters, each having a single page preface. Individual chapters illustrate particular eras, vessel types specific to cargoes and to geographical areas. All the captions contain details of the subject vessel's builder, launch date, dimensions, engine type, the original owners and other owners where applicable, a summary of cargo carrying a record of the ship's final demise or current status. There is an extensive bibliography and an index that lists in alphabetical order the names all the illustrated ships and.. Read more

Railway & Canal Historical Society

This book will appeal to ship enthusiasts and to all those who mourn the passing of the golden age of the steamship.

Ships Monthly

A real delight. Beautifully and lavishly illustrated, there are photographs. Anyone interested in ships will delight in this book – the wonderful images alone, make it a must, but complemented by the excellent narrative it will be a welcome addition to any ship lover's library. Highly recommended.


This is an excellent book on an often neglected part of our maritime heritage.

Shipping - Today and Yesterday,

…the latest book about the Cunard tradition is itself a classy piece of work. The New Cunard Queens is beautifully presented, with a generous number of fine illustrations on high-quality paper. Author Nils Schwerdtner does a very thorough job, following the development of the new Queens from drawing board to day-to-day operation, and describing the delights of travelling on these vessels. The tone is generally neutral, and the work is packed with facts and figures.

Nautilus International