Coasters: An Illustrated History Hardcover – Illustrated, 15 Sep 2011
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From the very beginning this book is hugely informative. In the Preface, the author explains his own raison d'être and describes why he has concentrated on steel-hulled Coasters - as opposed to earlier wooden ships. We also discover how the last true vessels of this type were actually built over 100 years ago. No wonder they no longer visit my home town where I used to see them resting on the riverbed at low tide and leaning against the quayside. This is followed by an Introduction in which the Coaster is both defined and described and includes sections dedicated to; types, handling and stowing cargoes, steam machinery, oil engines, owners, builders and crews.
The 16 main chapters are skilfully set out in such a manner as to explain the continued developments in Coaster design over the years. The result is both informative and hugely enjoyable. Mostly self-explanatory, they are: (1) Coastal Cargo Liners of the Nineteenth Century, (2) Genesis of the Steam Collier, (3) The Ubiquitous Steam Coaster, (4) Steam Engine Amidships, (5) The Collier Develops, (6) The Coastal Tanker, (7) Early British Motor Coasters, (8) Enter the Dutch Coaster, (9) The British Response, (10) Other Western European Motor Coasters, (11) Eastern European Coasters, (12) Coastal Steam Liners in the Twentieth Century, (13) Coastal Motor Liners, (14) Container Coasters, (15) Asian Assortment and (16) Specialised Coasters.Read more ›
From the beginings of the original "Salty Coaster" to the modern vessels which are more mini-bulkers than coaster.The author is famous for his photographs of ships and this book is equal to any of his other publications.
I thouroughly enjoyed it and recommend this book to any other ship lover or enthusiast