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Steam Packet 190

Steam Packet 190

Author: John Hendy and Miles Cowsill

Pages:144 Size: 22cm x22cm Hardback ISBN 9781911268369

18.95

***THIS BOOK IS NOT DUE TO BE PUBLISHED UNTIL MID-OCTOBER 2020: BACK ORDERS NOW BEING TAKEN***

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company is the oldest continually operating passenger shipping company in the world, having began operations in 1830. Today the company carries some 600,000 passengers annually, 170,000 cars and is the Island’s lifeline for freight.

This book includes a history of the company year by year, including the takeover over of the operation by the Isle of Man Government in 2019. The book includes a wealth of new photography since the last edition in 2005.



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Under the Maltese Cross - A Personal Story of the Ramsey Steam Ship Company

Under the Maltese Cross - A Personal Story of the Ramsey Steam Ship Company

Author: Peter Corrin

Pages: 184 Size: 21cm x 15cm Paperback ISBN 9781527259874

9.99

Formed in 1913 and based in the Isle of Man, the Ramsey Steam Ship Company had a long and illustrious history operating relatively small coastal vessels until its sad demise shortly after reaching its centenary in 2013. The names of all the ships owned by the company were prefixed with 'Ben' meaning girl, woman or lady in Manx Gaelic and they became known affectionately as the 'Ben-boats'.

In this book, drawing on his wealth of previously unpublished photographs, the author tells a personal story of not only its history , but his own unique involvement and association with this fine company, and of many of the conscientious, dedicated, loyal and professional people, afloat and ashore, who served in it, during a period of many changes in Manx shipping.



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Powering to the Rescue

Powering to the Rescue

Author: Nicholas Leach

Pages: 264 Size 22cm x22cm Hardback ISBN 9781911177579

21.50

A history of RNLI motor lifeboats.

The story of the motor lifeboat is one of continual development, the implementation of technological advances, improvements in design and construction, and the provision of ever faster and more sophisticated rescue craft to keep the volunteer crews of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution safe as they go about the task of saving lives at sea.

This comprehensive volume provides details of every RNLI motor lifeboat that has seen service in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The individual lifeboat types are described in detail, with the text accompanied by numerous diagrams and line drawings, as well as outstanding and unusual photographs, many of which have never been published before.


Ferries and Pleasure Steamers of the British Isles

Ferries and Pleasure Steamers of the British Isles

Author: Richard Danielson

Pages: 160 Size 28cm x 22cm Hardback ISBN 9781903599259

25.00

This book takes a nostalgic look at many of the favourite ferries and pleasure steamers which have plied the rivers, lakes and seas all around Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Wales, the Irish Republic, the Scillies, the Channel Islands, and England. It comprises around 260 photographs taken over the last eighty years, most never previously published, accompanied by detailed and informative captions. This round Britain trip ends with ‘Cruising BR Style’, showing views of railway-owned ferries in distant cruise ports and in the far north, well above the Arctic Circle, where in years gone by British Railways used to operate popular trips. There are biographies of those photographers who have now passed away, and a complete index.

Local author Richard Danielson, a well-published maritime writer and historian, has selected some of the best and most interesting images from his collection, which includes slides and negatives taken by some of the leading maritime photographers of the age. From the largest ferries of the era to some of the smallest trip boats, all much-loved and fondly remembered, this book will help to keep alive those happy memories of local trips and excursions to sea, reminding us of those photographers who ventured out in all weathers to leave us with this splendid pictorial legacy.


The Toxteth Tradgedy

The Toxteth Tradgedy

Author: Captain Stephen Carter

Pages: 88 Size: 21cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9781911177210

9.75

This book tells the story of R.R Portus & Sons who carried domestic coal between the Isle of Man and the mainland using tugs and sea-going cargo barges. It also outlines the tragic circumstances surrounding the sinking in 1948 of the tug Toxteth.


The Sirdar - The Barge With the Egyptian Name

The Sirdar - The Barge With the Egyptian Name

Author: Captain Stephen Carter

Pages: 56 Size: 21cm x 21cm Paperback ISBN 9781911177142

8.95

This book celebrates an often overlooked part of Manx maritme history. The wooden steam barge Sirdar has been a feature of island coastal life since the early 1920s and its story, ably told by Captain Stephen Carter, paints a picture of working life in the sea and harbour waters surrounding the Isle of Man.


Latitude 54: The Story of the Karran Fleet of Castletown

Latitude 54: The Story of the Karran Fleet of Castletown

Author: Billy Stowell

Pages: 77 Size: 23cm x 16cm Paperback

8.50

In this book, the author reveals the story of a fleet of Castletown registered ships that traded worldwide from 1860 until 1913. Where possible, he also tells details of each ship before and after its service with the Karran Fleet and includes photographic images that have not been seen for over a hundred years.

The author's research explains many personal facts, sometimes heartbreaking for the people involved.


The Isle of Man Steam Packet Through Time

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Through Time

Author: Ian Collard

Pages: 96 Size 17cm x 24cm Paperback ISBN 9781445614281

14.99

In 2010, the world's oldest steamship line celebrated its 180th anniversary. For 183 years, the Isle of Steam Packet Co. has been the lifeline to the Isle of Man, providing passenger and freight services for the island. Almost into the 20th century, the ships were primarily paddle steamers but screw steamers took over then. In 1962, the first ro-ro ferries arrived and then by the late 1990s catermarans were being used, offering a huge increase in speed.

In this book the author, who has written many books on the Mersey and its ships, tells the story of the Steam Packet through time and he has included a fascinating selection of photographs that traces some of the many ways in which the company has changed overt he last century.


Ferries of the Isle of Man (Transport Features of the Isle of Man Series)

Ferries of the Isle of Man (Transport Features of the Isle of Man Series)

Author: Stan Basnett

Pages: 96 Size: 21x30cm Paperback ISBN 9781906608033

15.00

This book is a revision and update of “Ferries of the Isle of Man Past and Present” and includes a number of photographs not previously published. In addition to presenting a pictorial record of the island’s passenger shipping over more than half a century, it also records the significant changes which have taken place around the ports of the Isle of Man.


Isle of Man Shipping - The Twilight Years

Isle of Man Shipping - The Twilight Years

Author: Ian Collard

Pages: 128 Size: 23x16cm Paperback ISBN 9780752421315

12.99

This book covers the period from the 1960s to the present day. Not only are all the well known passenger ferries in it but also there are many images of the unsung heros of the island's shipping such as the cargo vessels.


Douglas Head Ferry and Port Soderick Boats

Douglas Head Ferry and Port Soderick Boats

Author: Stephen Carter

Pages: 72 Size: 21x20cm Paperback ISBN 9780906294550

8.50

With the help of some rarely seen photographs and from the vantage of a lifetime's experience working on passenger boats from Douglas the author traces the history of these Victorian and Edwardian tourist enterprises.


Steam Packet 175

Steam Packet 175

Author: Cowsill & Hendy

Pages: 160 Size: 22 x 28cm Hardback ISBN 9781871947779

21.50

This is the official 175th Anniversary book for the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company. It charts the fascinating history of the company from its earliest days until the present time and features every ship that it has owned. The book contains much previously unpublished material.


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