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Cargo Liners (Kindle)

An Illustrated History

Seaforth Seaforth: Merchant Merchant Shipping

By Lord Ambrose Greenway
Seaforth Publishing
File Size: 86.6 MB (.mobi)
ISBN: 9781783466962
Published: 12th December 2011

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For 100 years, between 1850 and 1950, the cargo liner grew to dominate the world's trade routes, providing regular services that merchants, shippers and importers could rely on; they carried much of the world's higher value manufactured goods and raw materials and their services spread to most corners of the world. They were the tool of the world's first phase of globilisation.

This new book, evocatively illustrated with a magnificent collection of more than 300 photographs, begins with the establishment of routes around Europe and across the North Atlantic in the 1850s. Not until the Liverpool ship owner and engineer, Alfred Holt, developed high-pressure compound engines were coal-powered vessels able to steam further afield, to the Far East and Australia. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 cemented the dominance of the cargo liner and only with the appearance of the first container ship in the 1950s was that dominance finally overthrown.

With its informative introductory texts and abundant photographs, this book will appeal to ship enthusiasts around the world and to all those who mourn the passing of the golden age of the steamship.

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

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Lord Ambrose Greenway

About Lord Ambrose Greenway

Lord Ambrose Greenway spent his formative years in the Cornish port of Fowey which firmly established his lifelong love of the sea and ships. After five years as a marine insurance broker in Lloyd’s, he travelled to Australia on a Norwegian cargo liner and on his return embarked on a career as a marine photographer.

On the death of his father in 1975, he inherited a peerage and has served in the House of Lords ever since, specialising in maritime affairs. He has also worked in the ports industry for 20 years and during that time has also been President of the World Ship Society, President of Cruise Europe, Chairman of the Marine Society and Acting Chairman of the Sail Training Association. He is an Elder Brother of Trinity House and a council member of the RNLI, is married and lives in Devon.

Cargo Liners is his first title with Seaforth Publishing.

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