Shipping on the Thames and the Port of London During the 1940s – 1980s (Hardback)
A Pictorial History
During the 1970s and 1980s the Port of London, and shipping on the River Thames was in a state of transition. New methods of cargo handling, in particular the introduction of containers and Roll-on, Roll-off vehicle ferries called for new investment and a rethink on the way dock traffic was traditionally managed. As a result, The Port of London Authority decided to run down and close the various London docks and concentrate all new investment downriver at their Tilbury docks.
These photographs, along with some from earlier decades, and mostly previously unpublished, are a fascinating insight into this period, when traditional ships and cargo handling methods worked alongside the new technology. Ships designed for carrying cargo in their holds were sometimes adapted to carry containers as deck cargo. There were also shipping types now lost to history, including colliers and sludge boats.
Not forgotten are the passenger ships – cruise liners to ferries. The various vessels that serviced the port from tugs to salvage craft and floating cranes. Finally, the heritage craft from traditional Thames Sailing barges to former paddle steamers now adapted as floating pub/restaurants.
"This is a beautifully produced book and one which gives the reader a window in time into a working river, before economic impetus shifted the locus of shipping to the Thames Estuary. Highly recommended."The Mariner's Mirror - The International Quarterly Journal of the Society For Nautical Research - Volume 109:2, May 2023
Libraries dedicated to economics and marine subjects should acquire it. Students of materials handling, transportation and large-scale energy systems will gain an historical perspective.The Northern Mariner/Le marin du nord
Many railway modellers also share an interest in ships and ports, as the two modes of transport have always been inter-related. This hardback book presents a useful history of London’s docks and shipping between the 1940s and 1980s. It’s inevitably a tale of decline, but the excellent black and white images contain a wealth of visual information for dock-themed layout builders. Dock infrastructure and a vast range of shipping - from Thames barges to oil tankers - are illustrated.Model Rail Magazine
BOOK OF THE MONTH! February 2023The Nautilus Telegraph - Jan/Feb 2023
Overall, this is a valuable piece of work, well presented with sharp black-and-white pictures on glossy paper, which brings to light many previously unpublished photographs.
The book shows a wide variety of vessels, cargo handling and dock buildings, also illustrated with maps. Ships pictured range from tugs to tankers, container ships to sludge carriers, the unusual Lyke Lines barge carriers, cable ships and PLA maintenance vessels.The Journal for The Society of Model & Experimental Engineers - Volume 30 - Number 5 - October 2022
An enjoyable nostalgic browse.
"This remains a valuable record of shipping on the London River over five decades, years which saw much change, probably more than those seen on the Thames with the transition from sail to steam a century earlier."International Harbour Masters Association
Photographs published within this fine work are a fascinating insight into this period, when traditional ships and cargo handling methods worked alongside new technology.Paul Ridgway, Africa Ports & Ships
This book delivers a valuable record of shipping on the London River over five decades, years which saw much change, probably more than those seen on the Thames with the transition from sail to steam a century earlier.
As featured inShips Monthly
"This book contains some excellent photographs."Shipping - Today and Yesterday - July 2022
"The only thing missing from this excellent book is the smell of the Thames."Vintage Spirit - May 2022