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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2000
Duncan Graham's work fills a gap in the bookshelves of the lover of Clyde Steamers, and provides an evocative picture of the Clyde steamer fleet and the character that manned it in the Indian Summer before cars and foreign holidays took the doon the watter faithful further afield. His personal account of life on the Clyde in the transitional fleet of the fifties is a must for any lover of ships and the sea,and is fleshed out by delicious pen portraits of the crews which manned them. (My opinions are not coloured by the nagginng suspicion that Mr Graham was the teacher who put a halt to my career as a professional truant in the 1960's)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2013
The author worked on the Clyde during summer holidays from Glasgow University. He combines this with earlier childhood memories, particlarly of Arran. He worked on several routes, and gives a real feel for some of the old ships that were still working at the time, some dating from the end of the nineteenth century. I particularly enjoyed the information on what happened to the ships afterwards (some went to the Greek islands).

He enjoys the ships, but isn't unrealistic in his assessments. The challenges of steam power are well described, including the noise, smell and vibration on some of the older boats. I remember some of the ships he describes, but I think I would have enjoyed the book even if I hadn't. The transition to diesel, and to car ferries, is explained clearly, and I learnt a lot about the social context in which the ships operated, which helped to make sense of the changes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2013
This book is a really good read and very well written, as a boy I Iived in Kilmarnock in 1948 from aged 6 to 16 my father worked in Glagow for 4 of those years and we used to travel on the Clyde often, which I loved, I found the book a really enjoyable read, it is warm, sensitive, informative and gives a window into a world so very different to today, to me it deserves a 5 star rating, and I will certainly buy any other books Mr Graham has written.
Dave Unwin
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2013
I have enjoyed this book enormously perhaps because I remember the Clyde steamers and enjoyed many wonderful sails on them. The writer evoked many happy memories of my youth.
His descrptions and anecdotes are marvelous!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2013
It is abook which is well written and researched.
As afan of the Clyde Ferries from far back and having siled on most of them, it brought back fabulous memories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2013
a very gentle read, trasnports you back to the long summer days of my youth watching ships and small vessels sailing up and down the clyde
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2013
very good book,found it very interesting especially the coverage of the papple steamers.and life on the Clyde many years ago.
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on 29 December 2013
A great wee book,full of anecdodes. The comings and goings of shipping on the Clyde,from puffers,paddle steamers,to war ships and ocean liners provide a wealth of stories.If,at least,a few of these are recorded,then surely it's no bad thing. This author is sometimes a wee bit florid in his use of the language,but no less entertaining for that.For me,while wintering in Millport,with the Firth of Clyde a few yards from my window, it's a great read.
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on 13 March 2013
An interesting read. This was purchased for its subject, the Clyde .It came as a surprise to realize who had written it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2013
Having recently come to live near Glasgow I thought a nice piece of history as everyone knows about the Clyde steamers. I found the book incredibly boring. Far too much detail of all the sailings however romantic they may have been at the time
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