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Maritime London (Hardback)

An Historical Journey in Pictures and Words

Maritime Transport > London Transport World History > UK & Ireland > England > London

By Anthony Burton
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 144
Illustrations: 65 colour and 65 mono integrated
ISBN: 9781399092876
Published: 28th July 2022



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The book looks at London’s maritime history from the establishment of Roman Londinium to the present day. It discusses many different aspects of life on the Thames and its connecting waterways and canals. There was a time when the River Thames was the main highway for the city, when watermen plied their trade carrying passengers and goods in a wide variety of craft, ranging from rowing boats to sailing barges. The Thames was also, for many centuries, a major ship building centre, and the story includes the construction of some iconic vessels from Henry VIII’s flagship Henri Grace á Dieu to Isambard Brunel’s great steamship the SS Great Eastern. London was also until recently the country’s most important port. In the days of sail, the Port of London was crowded with vessels and it was not until the nineteenth century that major enclosed docks were built, a process that continued into the early years of the twentieth century. The early nineteenth century also saw London connected to the rest of England through a network of canals. Other topics covered include the lifeboat service, river fire fighting forces and the river police. The result is a colourful pageant that highlights the vital role that London’s waterways played in the life of the capital.

"Maritime London’s gripping story and valuable visual additions will be of interest to British, maritime, and urban history enthusiasts alike."

Nautical Research Journal Volume 68 (2023)

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A very enjoyable non-fiction work that also offers a pictorial journey through the capital and its waterways thanks to dozens of delightful full-colour images.

The Nautilus Telegraph - Jan/Feb 2023

Anthony Burton is well known in terms of his books about the history of transport. It is the story of the city and more importantly, the river Thames upon which it was built, and spans a huge period, from Roman Londinium right up to the present day.


"A readable and attractive book."

The Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Journal - December 2022

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Ships Monthly

This is an excellent book accompanied by very good photographs and I would very highly recommend it to our reader.

Shipping Today and Yesterday - November 2022
 Anthony Burton

About Anthony Burton

Anthony Burton has been writing about the history of transport and technology for fifty years. His books include Remains of a Revolution, The Railway Builders, The Locomotive Pioneers and biographies of Thomas Telford, George and Robert Stephenson and a biography of Marc and Isambard Brunel (due to be published in 2022). He has worked extensively in TV and most recently as historical adviser to the Discovery Channel series Industrial Revelations, More Industrial Revelations and On the Rails.

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