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Coastal Passenger Liners of the British Isles (Hardback)

Seaforth Seaforth: Merchant Merchant Shipping

By Nick Robins
Seaforth Publishing
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781848321120
Published: 12th September 2011

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At the beginning of the last century it was possible to sail from London to Glasgow via the south coast ports and Belfast, returning along the east coast from either Dundee or Leith for as little as five pounds. Those were the days when 300 passengers were landed twice weekly at Grangemouth or Dundee from the London boat, and the coastal passenger and cargo liner was in its heyday, catering both for the first class tourist as well as offering keenly priced second class fares for the like of football fans following away matches. Sadly, these wonderful steamer services are now largely forgotten but this new book will stir fond memories of the ships and their coastal voyages. The Depression of the 1930s, coupled with competition from both railway and the motor coach, were to spell the end for many of the coastal liners, while heavy losses incurred in World War II left only a few ships each offering just a handful of passenger berths.
The story of their one hundred years of service is accompanied by numerous fascinating anecdotes, and the book focuses as much on the social need for coastal passenger services, the men and women who provided the services and the passengers who used them, as it does on the nuts and bolts of the ships themselves. This beautifully presented book will delight both ship enthusiasts and all those who enjoy the maritime and social history of the British Isles.

Provides a good overview of the history of the liners that served British travelers from the originof the steam ship to the extinction of the coastal liner service. The book is well organised, telling a broad story in roughly chronological order, but also including chapters that give depth to the bigger picture. Passenger ship enthusiasts will likely appriciate the book and consider it a great buy. It is a good resource for anyone interested in British Passenger Liners.

The Northern Mariner

CLAUDIA, Dione, Busy Bee, The Earl of Aberdeen – evocative names of passenger and cargo liners, and of an era long gone. The story of their 100 years' of service is brought to life here by Nick Robbins. A must for maritime enthusiasts.

Best of British

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

Shipping - Today and Yesterday,
 Nick Robins

About Nick Robins

NICK ROBINS, a geologist by profession, is acknowledged for setting maritime history within the bigger social and political picture. His books describe the evolution of a variety of shipping themes, ranging from tugs and tenders to excursion steamers and even cruise ships, recently covered in his The Cruise Ship: A Very British Institution.

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