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
…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.
The passenger steamship was the most excitement development of its age and in this colourful hardback Christopher Deakes & Tom Stanley pay homage to it and its many passengers, making this a gloriously nostalgic read for steamship enthusiasts everywhere. What should be noted is that this is not a book which focuses specifically on the ships themselves (their construction, design etc) rather an evocative look back, using first-hand accounts as indicated in the title, at the many and varied seafaring experiences that people enjoyed (or sometimes didn't) over the years. We are therefore offered a rich tapestry of interest to include many accounts of life on board, from the food, entertainment, romance, gossip, disaster, not to mention being dreadfully sick. These experiences are garnered from all aspects of society at the time; emigrants sailing in the hope of a better life, soldiers en route to distant outposts, or just the wealthy sailing the sea for leisure. The result is what the authors.. Read more
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