Solent Passages and Their Steamers
Published; IOW County Press
First Edition 1982
Passenger Steamers and has spent a great deal of time in enthusiastic research. This book is the result of his labours and is a clear indication of the author’s love for his subject. It is a companion to his earlier work `The Clyde Passenger Steamers’.
The introduction goes a long way to explain the origins of the five main passages and is followed by a detailed history of each one. As well as the main routes between the Isle of Wight and the mainland, the famous Gosport Ferry, well known to every Naval man who has ever been stationed in Portsmouth, and the Hythe to Southampton passages, have been included; even the Itchen and Cowes floating bridges.
The greater part of the book is taken up by a comprehensive listing of the steam vessels that worked the various passages and each one is in itself a revealing history of ships and shipbuilding throughout the area.
A valuable reference book for the student it is, nevertheless, a fascinating story for everyone to read. 80 illustrations are spread through the book and there is a full index at the back. All in all a good read.
illustrated with photographs
Condition; V Good with dust -jacket
Interior clean , Binding tight