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Read this and step back in time and place
on 29 December 2015
A well written and heartfelt book drawing us into a world long lost. The little steam driven cargo vessels, nick-named 'puffers', were the mainstay of the island and mainland communities of the Scottish west cost and their crews were tough and expert seamen. Now the communities they served have often dwindled into little more than collections of holiday cottages and most of the cargoes go by road. The last of the puffers are relics, crewed and maintained by enthusiasts, and the skills and traditions of their crews are almost forgotten. Those who have read Neil Munro's short stories of Para Handy will find this a compelling read - and if you haven't read them then I suggest you give them a try. If you know the West Coast of Scotland you'll be right at home and if you don't, you'll want to go there.