By Roy Fenton

ISBN-10: 1848320876

ISBN-13: 9781848320871

John Masefield’s ‘dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack, butting during the Channel within the mad March days’ has develop into a boat kind of common charm, either for its easy, useful attractiveness and its trustworthy toil earlier than the appearance of common highway haulage.

In this new e-book a set of greater than three hundred pictures has been drawn jointly to inform the tale of the advance of the steam and diesel coasters, which originated more often than not within the united kingdom and the Netherlands. The time period ‘coaster’ embraces a big diversity of sorts together with the steam colliers, the puffers, packets, steam apartments and lighters ordinarily designed for inland seas, then the ever present steam coaster itself, in-built huge numbers to be used round British beaches but in addition extra afield in each nook of the area. Coastal tankers and different expert forms like chemical and cement companies additionally advanced.

As good because the info of the ships themselves, the ebook covers shipment dealing with and stowing, equipment, the coastal trades, the vendors and developers and, no longer least, the crews and their jobs and their lives at sea.

A highly evocative and illuminating ebook to please and tell send fanatics everywhere.

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