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Tramp Ships: An Illustrated History Hardcover – 17 Oct 2013

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Seaforth Publishing (17 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848321589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848321588
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 26.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ROY FENTON is a full-time researcher and writer and the author of some 25 books on shipping history. His specialism is coastal trade in the steam era, and in 2005he was awarded a PhD for a thesis on the transition from sail to steam in the coastal bulk trades. He is a former council member of the World Ship Society, and is still active in this organisation.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Jan. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Every so often I find a book which is a sheer delight and the arrival of this particular work was such an occasion. This is a beautiful product with historic B&W pictures of the highest quality on almost every page. Overall, the book tells the story of different ship types through time and the way in which their design evolved. To support that story the author skilfully includes the right picture to match the text - at exactly the right time, often using whole or half-page images.

Warships (especially those which became famous) and the battles they fought throughout history are the subject of countless books from which experts hope to glean yet another snippet of ‘new’ information. By complete contrast, however, the many hundreds of thousands of ordinary Tramp Ships, their histories, technical details and lives are so often overlooked.

From a scuba diver’s perspective; I study shipwrecks as a profession. It’s what I do. Many countries promote their own accessible wrecks as tourism assets - with some deliberately sinking new wrecks for that particular purpose. With the single exception of Bikini Atoll (for obvious reasons), however, far more merchant vessels exist in any country’s underwater fleet of attractions than naval vessels. Nevertheless, few books contain the details we seek.

The author’s Preface begins by defining the term ‘Tramp Ship’ which, put simply, is a cargo vessel of any description or size which goes wherever in the world it can find a paying cargo. Divided into 13 chapters over 175 pages, this book goes on to teach far more than I could ever have expected. Whereas I may get annoyed when people say “midships” (the word is ‘amidships’), this is a work which explains all such matters so clearly.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By jeanpierreburel on 15 Jan. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Very good material and an indispensable companion to Cargo Liners by ambrose Greenway.
Outstanding photographs , and very intersting text .
Do buy this one
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By david whitfield on 26 Dec. 2014
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If anyone has an interest in the older (and more appealing) ships this book is a must, not just for the wealth of information but also for the fantastic photos. I have never seen a book as good as this on this particular subject, a must for true ship lovers.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Miss Piggy on 27 April 2014
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Bought as a gift. Great price, arrived in excellent condition. Quick look through before being wrapped revealed an excellent book with fantastic photos and detail.
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