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A.F. Henry & MacGregor: Fifty Years of Shipowning


Author: Graeme Somner                                                                         ISBN: n/a, Ref: 0003, Publication Date: March 1958                                  Status: Out of Print

A brief history & fleet list.

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Aberdeen Steam Navigation Co. Ltd (1821-1962), The


Author: Graeme Somner,
ISBN: 0-905617-92-4,  Ref: 0121  Publication Date: April 2000

The Aberdeen Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. could trace its origins back to 1821, when sailing vessels first started a regular service between Aberdeen and London -- providing transport for passengers and goods virtually from the Scottish Highlands to St. Paul's Cathedral in the centre of London. Subsequently the Company offered sailings to Hull, but these were discontinued in 1854. Steam was first introduced by the Company in 1827, with usually three or four vessels being available for service. The main traffic southwards was livestock, whisky, fish, and paper, together with passengers, whilst northwards it was manufacutured goods and the return of empty whisky casks! Whilst most coastal liner companies were busiest in the summer months carrying tourists, this was not so with The Aberdeen Steam Navigation Co., which carried more livestock than passengers, with the greatest movement of livestock taking place between September to April each year. The passenger ships were always immaculately kept but, with changed conditions after the Second World War, their demise came suddenly, and they were all sold in 1946 when new owners, the Tyne-Tees Steam Shipping Co. Ltd. (part of the Coast Line Group), took over control from local interests. Even concentrating on cargo only, and adding additional ports of call en route to London, did not stave off the day when sailings were no longer vaiable. In 1962 when the linoleum trade from Kirkcaldy collapsed, the sailings wer withdrawn. There were no longer sailings of any sort between Scotland and England, and the traditions of 141 years came to an end. During its existence, the Aberdeen Steam Navigation Co. owned 14 sailing vvedssels, 31 steamers and motor vessels, and one tug -- ICH DIEN (which translates as 'I Serve', which indeed she did for 67 years on the Thames). This 68-page A5 softback includes 28 black-and-white photographs or copies of paintings of the vessels, and water colours by a local artist of four of the steamers in service during the 1930s.

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Admiralty Coastal Salvage Vessels: Design and Service 1943 - 1993


Author: David Sowdon,
ISBN: 0-9543310-4-4    Ref: 0150    Publication Date: 2005

In 1942 the Admiralty was in need of salvage vessels to cope with the increasing number of merchant ships being bombed or torpedoed whilst bringing vital supplies to the UK. Rescue tugs were built or requisitioned to tow ships damaged at sea, but there was a need to keep the home ports and their approaches clear of wrecks. The response was this class of nine coastal salvage vessels which went on to become the core of the Admiralty Salvage Service during clearance operations in NW Europe following the Normandy landings. The class carried out very valuable work in opening up the French, Belgian and Dutch ports so that war supplies and food could be brought in to support the local populations. After the war several of the class were available for charter by civilian salvage firms and one, Risdon Beazley, became the most successful British salvage company of its day. The remaining vessels stayed in Admiralty service, conducting operations such as the raising of the Dover blockships and other wartime obstructions, as well as helping the salvage effort after Suez. Four of the class were converted to diesel in the 1960’s and became known as the ‘Kin class’, a familiar sight to many around the naval ports of the UK. This A4, hard laminate cover volume contains 127 pages of well-researched information about the long service of the vessels and is well illustrated with over 50 photographs, plans and maps. The author draws on many primary sources as well as the first hand experience of former crew members of these very popular and durable vessels.

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Afridi to Nizam: British Fleet Destroyers 1937-1943


Author: John English,
ISBN: 0-905617-95-0,   Ref: 0120  Publication Date: Sep 2001

This WSS warship monographs deals with the 67 British Fleet destroyers Tribal, J, K, L, M and N class destroyers built during 1937 - 43. These 67 ships represented a new era in British destroyer development. Their predecessors, the A to Is, were linear developments of the highly successful V/Ws of 1917 and by the time the I class entered service in 1937 they were already obsolete. The Tribals created a sensation when they entered service because of their size and heavy gun armament while the J/K/Ns were an attempt to produce a cheaper destroyer with a heavier torpedo armament and the much larger L and Ms were a belated attempt to match the much larger French destroyers. All these ships were heavily engaged during the Second World War and not unsurprisingly suffered heavy losses not least because of their woefully inadequate anti-aircraft armament. Their limited endurance was another failing of all British destroyers. The destroyers that form the subject of this book were however able to survive severe damage but, nonetheless, three quarters of those in RN service were lost: they were in the forefront of the fighting during 1939-42 and the survivors were still on front line duties in the Mediterranean and Far East in 1945. More significantly, the J’s hull and machinery formed the basis of over a hundred standard fleet destroyers commissioned between 1942-46.While the majority of these ships served in the Royal Navy, eight Tribals were built for the Royal Canadian Navy, three Tribals were built for the Royal Australian Navy while one M and one N class were Polish-manned, four N class were RAN manned and two N class were transferred to the Royal Netherlands Navy. Of these, only the RCN and RAN Tribals and four M class transferred to Turkey in the mid/late 1950s saw extended post war service. "AFRIDI to NIZAM" contains design histories and in-service modifications of all six classes as well as in-service histories of each destroyer. A softback, measuring 243 x 185 mm, of 152 pages, profusely illustrated.

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Allan, Black & Co. (Albyn Line)

Author: R.M. Hackman                                                                             ISBN: n/a,  Ref: 0103,  Publication Date: July 1950                                   Status: Out of Print

Fleet List No. 1 (the first WSS publication)

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Amazon to Ivanhoe: Destroyers of the 1930s


Author: John English                                                                           ISBN:  0 905617 64 9,    Ref: 0092,   Publication Date: June 1993

When the British Admiralty needed to build new destroyers in the 1920s, the starting point for the design was that of the 'Improved W' Class of 1918.  The outcome of this decision was a group of destroyers that were relatively cheap, reliable and plentiful, but which were more suited to refighting the fleet actions of the First World War than to face the combined air, surface and submarine threats of the Second World War.  "Amazon to Ivanhoe" examines the design history of nine classes which were built between the wars, drawing extensively on contemporary reports and experience of the vessels in service to give an objective view of their strengths and shortcomings.  Modifications are discussed, especially those made in the light of battle experience.  Despite suffering heavy losses due to their poor anti-aircraft defences these destroyuers served with distinction in the Norwegian campain, in the Mediterranean and other threatres, most of the survivors being seconded to escort duties in the North Atlantic.  Full service histories are included for each individual vessel.  The fourth in the Society's series of books on escort vessels used during the Second World War, "Amazon to Ivanhoe" is a further important contribution to our understanding of warship design at this period.  Eighty-seven ships are described, and there are over one hundred photographs in its 144 pages.

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Armed Merchant Cruisers 1878 – 1945: passenger liners as auxiliary warships in the Royal Navy

                                              

Authors: Richard Osborne, Harry Spong & Tom Grover
ISBN: 0-9543310-8-7,   Ref: 0126   Publication Date: Aug 2007

Armed Merchant Cruisers (AMCs) performed many essential functions during both World Wars but their vulnerability in action gained them the unfortunate sobriquet of “Admiralty Made Coffins”. Despite their obvious limitations, the AMCs of the 10th Cruiser Squadron played a significant role in defeating Germany during the 1914 – 1918 conflict, while, in both wars, AMCs substituted for regular cruisers and escorts engaged in patrol and escort work. This book explores the origins, capabilities and uses of AMCs in 1885, 1914 – 1918 and 1939 – 45 as well as explaining the reasons for their demise during the latter conflict. This hardcover, 328 page, A4 book, which is illustrated by 262 monochrome photographs, contains four discrete parts, the first of which is devoted to HMS HECLA (1878). Part two explores the origins of the employment of steam powered merchant armed cruisers, including the 16 ships hired during the Russian war scare of 1885, and the introduction of Government subsidises to encourage the construction of mercantile tonnage which could be employed in a cruising role in wartime. Part three is devoted to work of AMCs during the 1914-1918 conflict, ranging from the vital blockade duties performed by the AMCs of the 10th Cruiser Squadron to operations in the South Atlantic and elsewhere. Part four, which covers the period from 1920 – 1945, describes how the Admiralty encouraged the construction of ships pre-stiffened to receive 6-inch guns, the effect of the collapse of the International Mercantile Marine on the availability of potential AMCs, the requisitioning, outfitting and operational use of AMCs during the Second World War and the competing interests that led to the demise of the Royal Navy’s force of AMCs during 1942 – 1944. The volume is completed by 7 appendices that detail (1) ships receiving subsidises prior to World War I, (2) the movements of the 10th Cruisers Squadron during 1914 - 1917, (3) a list of ships stiffened by 1933, (4) requisitioning and conversion dates in 1939 – 1940 and AMCs involved in escorting (5) HX/BHX, (6) SC and (7) SL/SLF convoys.

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Asiatic Steam Navigation Co. Ltd 1878-1963


Author: W.A. Laxon                                                                                   ISBN: n/a,  Ref: 0009,  Publication Date: December 1963                             Status: Out of Print

A 9-page booklet issued to all WSS members of the day, celebrating the 85th anniversary of "The Asiatic Steam Navigation Company" in 1963.

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Astern Business - 75 Years of U.K. Shipbuilding


Author: George H. Parker,
ISBN: 0-905617-80-0, Ref: 0102, Publication Date: July 1996

The author, who spent 40 years in the business, reflects upon the progress and demise of U.K. shipbuilding between 1920 and 1995. Based upon his experience, inside knowledge and careful research, he puts forward his conclusions about those factors, both within and without the industry, that led to decline. With 55 illustrations and 5 appendices, this 199-page A5 book plots a course through the trials and tribulations of depression, wartime, re-organisations and nationalisation in a compact and readable study of the life and soul of the British Shipbuilding Industry.

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Australian National Line 1956-1981


Author: Robin Clarke, Lindsay Rex, Doug Robertson
ISBN: 0-905617-23-?, Ref: 0047, Publication Date: Feb 1983

The most comprehensive company history yet published by the World Ship Society is accompanied by a full fleet list giving the histories of the 117 ships owned or bareboat chartered to date by the Australian Shipping Commission and at least one photograph of each of them. In a number of cases where the ship has been lengthened or reconstructed there are "before" and "after" views. There are also photographs of terminals, etc. and two maps showing A.N.L. trade routes. 120 pages. 143 illustrations. 2 maps.

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B.E.F. Ships Before, At and After Dunkirk (hardback)


Author: John de S. Winser,
ISBN: 0-905617-91-6, Ref: 0119,  Publication Date: December 1999

Another Dunkirk shipping book? Yes, and much more beside. With the depth of research its contents incorporate and the extensive information it reveals, this book could well become the first point of reference on the whole British Expeditionary Force shiiping story from September 1939 to June 1940. It starts with the massive task of moving the British Army to France and names the 300 ships involved in transporting troops, stores and over 120,000 military vehicles. Using 16 different routes, ships kept the army fed, equipped, fuelled and reinforced for ten months, then came to its rescue in its time of need. THe story moves on to cover the remarkable destroyer actions at Boulogne; naval operations at Calais and then anarrates the shipping story of the Dunkirk evacuation, in which over 300,000 men of the B.E.F. and allies were rescued from the grasp of the enemy -- more than a quarter by Royal Navy destroyers. Like others, it names the ships involved, large and small: this book, however, lists every known troop-carrying sailing of each Dunkirk vessel, giving the time and port of arrival and the number of soldiers aboard -- information supp. from sources seemingly untapped even by immediate post-war historians. But the Br. army's departure from France did not end with Dunkirk and this book goes on to include details of the subsequent evacuations -- from St Valery westwards to Brest and from northen Bay of Biscay ports southwards to the Spanish border. Surprisingly little has previously been published about the armada of vessels, from Jersey yachts to passenger liners of Cunard and P&O, all of which played their part in rescuing a further 200,000 from France and the Channel Islands, over distances massively greater than from Dunkirk. Consequently, despite their undoubted success being marred by the set-back of St Valery and by one of the worst shipping disasters of all time, these evacuations must surely be ranked as no less remarkable than those from Dunkirk. 160 pages, 124 illustrations.

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B.I. -- The British India Steam Navigation Company Limited (hardback)


Author: W.A. Laxon & F.W. Perry                                                               ISBN: 0 905617 65 7,  Ref: 0096,  Publication Date: November 1994

For generations the letters B.I. represented the major British shipping company in Eastern waters.  They were said to stand for "building increase" and the substance behind this claim showed in the greatest number of ships owned by one company under the British flag - 126 in 1914, 161 in 1920.  Whatever type of ships inteest you, B.I. had them all - passenger liners, cargo liners, short-sea traders, paddle steamers, tugs, colliers, coasters, tankers, turrets and troopships.  This case-bound A4 size book records all 507 ships to have carried the black funnel with two white bands and to have flown the white swallow-tail flag with red cross.  For the first time the ships' careers are told in narrative as well as statistical form together with a chronology of the principal events in the Company's history.  Details are also given of its services, derivations of the ships' names, and of the cadet ships and managed vessels.  256 pages and over 500 photographs, many previously unpublished.

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Bank Line: 1885-1985


Author: H.S. Appleyard                                                                              ISBN: n/a,  Ref: 0058,  Publication Date: May 1985

The story begins in the last days of deep sea sail when, in only ten years, Andrew Weir built up the largest fleet of sailing ships to fly the British flag.  Steamships had been owned for some ten years, when in 1905, he set up Bank Line Ltd., a companywhich was eventually to own some of the earliest morotships and is still alive and well today.  Tankers were not neglected, and the book includes details of the British Mexican Petroleum Co. Ltd., Inver Tankers Ltd. and the Lago Shipping Co. Ltd., which owned shallow-draught tankers used on Lake Maracaibo.  Although at 176 pages, "Bank Line" is not the largest book we have published, it does include the most ships, and probably the most photographs.  There is also a full colour cover, frontispiece and plate of flags and funnels.

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Baron Glanely of St. Fagan's and W.J. Tatem Ltd.


Author: H.S. Appleyard, P.M. Heaton                                                           ISBN: 0 905617 14 2    Ref: 0037,  Publication Date: January 1981

In 1897, the maiden voyage of the tramp steamer LADY LEWIS signalled the beginning of a significant but until now comparatively little-known Cardiff shipping company, W.J. Tatem Ltd. Its initial growth was meteoric; six ships in 1900 had become 16 by 1906.  And by 1973 when, with the sale of the EXNING, Tatem's left shipowning, 60 tramps had been owned and six more managed.  Nearly all were acquired new, and most were built by North East Coast yards.  This monograph gives full details and careers of all these ships and photographs of 24.  Its 48 pages also contain an account of the career of the founder, W.J. Tatem, who was elevated to the peerage in 1916.

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Ben Line - Fleet List & Short History


Author: Graeme Somner                                                                            ISBN: n/a,  Ref: 0014,  Publication Date: August 1967

A 60-page booklet issued to all WSS members of the day, which was a fleet list and history of the Ben Line.

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Ben Line - Fleet List & Short History (Revised edition)

Author: Graeme Somner,
ISBN: 0-905617-11-8, Ref: 0035,  Publication Date: July 1980

The Ben Line is one of the few British liner companies to maintain its independence and individuality. This completely revised edition of their fleet list and history sets out the details and careers of the 197 ships which have been owned or managed by Wm. Thompson & Co., the 'parent' company. This includes sailing ships, handsome clipper-bowed steamers, war-built ships including merchant aircraft carriers, the fast cargo liners of the sixties, containerships and drillships. The illustrations, which number almost 200, depict, it is believed, every ship which has ever been photographed or painted and the vast majority are new to this, greatly enlarged 120-page edition. New information which has come to light since 1967 has been incorporated and the history has been brought up to date to take in the story of the company's recent involvement in offshore oil drilling.

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Ben Line - Fleet List & Short History (revised edition) -- "Five Years On" supplement


Author: Graeme Somner                                                                          ISBN: n/a,  Ref: 0059,  Publication Date: July 1985

A supplement to the WSS publication Ben Line -- Fleet List and Short History published in 1980.  There have been many changes in these last five years - ships sold, rigs bought.  Bring the story up to date with this 12-page card cover booklet, with ten illustrations.

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Best of Ship Ahoy, The


Published April 1999 by the Bristol Channel Branch of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society, representing the quarterly journal of the World Ship Society, South Wales Branch.  88 pages.  A4.

South Wales Branch is no longer active, and the publication therefore is no longer available.

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Big Gun Monitors (1st re-print)

Author: I.L. Buxton                                                                                   ISBN: n/a,  Ref: 0030,  Publication Date: January 1979

This is a 215-page hardback book extensively illustrated history of the design, construction and operation of the Royal Navy's 42 monitors and their guns, which were used in both World Wars for coastal bombardment.  Published in conjunction with Trident Books.

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Bland Gibraltar


Author: Graeme Somner,
ISBN: 0-905617-16-9, Ref: 0038, Publication Date: June 1981

The Bland family established themselves at Gibraltar in 1810, founding a shipping agency which is still very active at this cross-roads of the world. Bland Gibraltar tells the story of the family's shipping related activities over 170 years of war and peace. It also contains a comprehensive fleet list covering the 46 vessels that have served Bland Ltd. -- many for exceptionally long periods -- including paddle tugs, passenger tenders, salvage vessels, cargo steamers, passenger and car ferries which have maintained Bland's services to many ports in North Africa, Spain and the U.K. There are 50 illustrations depicting every ship which has been photographed or drawn, and several general scenes.

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Blue Star Line


Author: Tony Atkinson, Kevin O'Donoghue                                                ISBN: 0 905617 37 1,  Ref: 0062, Publication Date: November 1985

Blue Star is one of Britian's best known and most successful shipping lines.  Although a relative newcomer - Vestey Brothers bought their first ship in 1909 and set up the BLue Star Line Ltd., in 1912 - the enterprise has thrived when many an older concern has failed.  This new Society publication begins with a short chronology of the major events in the Group's history - including foundation, acquistions, subsidiaries, major purchases and sales.  It then gives full details of 186 ships owned and managed by Blue Star and its associates, including a number of ships carrying Blue Star names and colours which were never actually registered in the company's ownership.  Ships include the famous 'A' class liners of the 1920s, many cargo liners and reefers, container carriers, heavy lift ships and even a solitary tanker.  The book's 116 pages contain over 200 illustrations, including two in colour.  Two pages in colour depict the surprising number of flags and funnels worn by the company's ships, not all of which always carried the celebrated Blue Star funnel.

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British Invasion Fleets: The Mediterranean and beyond 1942-1945


Author: John de S. Winser                                                                       ISBN: 0 9543310 0 1,   Ref: 0135,    Publication Date: October 2002

In his foreword, Captain Christopher Page, Head of the Naval Historical Branch of the Ministry of Defence, describes this new book as filling a glaring gap to supplement the author’s well-received previous books, including “The D-Day Ships”.  That work commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1944 Normandy invasion: publication of this latest book coincides with the 60th anniversary of one of the other massive Allied invasions of the Second World War – that of North Africa in 1942.  It is designed to highlight the British contribution to the assault and follow up phases not only of that operation but also nine other amphibious invasions, starting with three in Madagascar in the months prior to North Africa.  After detailing the armada of ships assembled for the Eastern and Centre Task Forces in the North Africa landings, it goes on to concentrate on the vast Eastern Task Force fleet, which, in July 1943, headed towards Sicily from the UK, The Middle East, Tunisia and Malta.   Immediately following the conquest of that Italian island came the September landings on mainland Italy at Salerno and, in January 1944, further north at Anzio: the British shipping participation in both of these is covered in detail.  The book continues with the British ships assigned to the invasion in the South of France in August 1944 before it switches its attention to the war against the Japanese in the Far East.  Details are given of the ships and craft involved in the May 1945 operation to capture Rangoon and in the invasion of Malaya, for which a huge invasion fleet was assembled, much of which was still despatched in September of that year, despite the Japanese surrender.  Each operation is briefly described as a prelude to comprehensive entries covering the British controlled (serving and former) merchant ships.  Their sailing ports, convoys, beachhead destinations and, of course, damage, loss or other significant events are given, as well as, where available the number of troops or type of supplies and equipment carried.  Full listings are included of the participating Royal Navy vessels, which provided convoy protection, air and bombardment support and the other essential elements of a successful invasion operation.  The book is a worthy reminder of the events of other half a century ago and of the massive contribution made by the Royal and Merchant Navies in moving the Allied armies, together with their supplies and equipment, to a new battle zone, expeditiously and with the absolute minimum of loss.  A4, 152 pages, card cover, 157 photographs and other illustrations.

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Building for Victory: The Warship Building Programmes of the Royal Navy, 1939 - 1945


Author: George Moore,
ISBN: 0-9543310-1-X,    Ref: 8267,     Publication Date: Spring 2003

This A4 softback book with 196 pages gives the reader an insight into how the main British warship building programmes were conceived and evolved throughout dramatically changing circumstances during the Second World War. All major warship types are covered, as are the landing craft programmes executed in the shipyards and their effect on the completion of major warships. Orders and construction in both the Royal Dockyards and in commercial yards are covered. The author has gone back to the original sources to produce an authoritative history. The sources used include Admiralty, Cabinet and Treasury files held at the Public Record Office, the Ships Covers held by the National Maritime Museum and registers held by the Naval Historical Branch. The work is illustrated with 52 photographs the majority of which have not been published before. There is also a collection of 21 drawings based either on original plans or records indicating how designs conceived but not proceeded with would have appeared. There are comprehensive appendices which set out details of all the major warships covered by the history including cancelled ships, and the details of the full warship building programmes as presented to the War Cabinet. This book contains a wealth of new information to enthral the reader and will shed new light on the Royal Navy’s construction programmes during the 1939 – 45 conflict

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Business in Great Waters (softback) (The WSS of British Columbia publication)

This is a publication by "The World Ship Society of British Columbia".  OUT OF PRINT.

Author: David Hill-Turner,
ISBN: n/a,                   Ref: 0106b,  Publication Date:
Status: Out of Print
This book is dedicated to the retired coastal pilots of British Columbia who have, through their unique knowledge and determined effort, made the history of shipping on this Northwest Coast of the American continent safer than it would otherwise have been.

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Business in Great Waters (hardback) (The WSS of British Columbia publication)

This is a publication by "The World Ship Society of British Columbia".  OUT OF PRINT.

Author: David Hill-Turner,
ISBN: n/a,                 Ref: 0106a,  Publication Date:
Status: out of print

This book is dedicated to the retired coastal pilots of British Columbia who have, through their unique knowledge and determined effort, made the history of shipping on this Northwest Coast of the American continent safer than it would otherwise have been.

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Canadian Pacific & Southampton

Author: W. Mitchell, N. Robinson                                                                ISBN: n/a,            Ref: 0104,    Publication Date: ?

A 40-page booklet issued to all WSS members of the day, comprising a short history and fleetlist.

Printed in association with Associated British Ports. This book is a revised edition of the very successful publication produced in 1988 to mark 150 years of Southampton. 64 pages. Soft cover.', 'THIS IS NOT A WORLD SHIP SOCIETY PUBLICATION AND IS NOT AVAILABLE FROM THE SOCIETY. For availability, contact the publisher, Waterfront Publications, 7 Salisbury Street, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 7AU UK / Tel: 0258 459535 / Fax: 0258 459655');

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Canadian Pacific Afloat -- Revised ed. 1883-1968


Author: George Musk, 
ISBN: n/a,                   Ref: 0002d,          Publication Date: October 1968
Status: Out of Print


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Canadian Pacific, A Short Hist. -- 1st ed.

Author: George Musk,
ISBN: n/a,                      Ref: 0002a,          Publication Date:  1956
Status: Out of Print

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Canadian Pacific, A Short Hist. -- 1st reprint

Author: George Musk,
ISBN: n/a,                      Ref: 0002b,           Publication Date: 1957
Status: Out of Print


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Canadian Pacific, A Short Hist. -- 2nd reprint


Author: George Musk,
ISBN: n/a,                       Ref: 0002c,          Publication Date: September 1961
Status: Out of Print

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Carebeka 1939-1983 (hardback)


Author: J. Anderiesse, J.E / Oost
ISBN: 0-905617-78-9,       Ref:  0098a,         Publication Date: January 1996
Status: available

N.V. "Carebeka" of Groningen was one of the largest and best known owners and managers of the much-loved Dutch coaster. A real delight for Dutch coaster enthusiasts with details of almost 300 ships in its 240 pages. It gives an account in Dutch and English of the rise and fall of a major Dutch coaster manager and owner.

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Carebeka 1939-1983 (softback)


Author: J. Anderiesse, J. E / Oost
ISBN: 0-905617-78-9,       Ref: 0098b,         Publication Date: January 1996
Status:

N.V. "Carebeka" of Groningen was one of the largest and best known owners and managers of the much-loved Dutch coaster. A real delight for Dutch coaster enthusiasts with details of almost 300 ships in its 240 pages. It gives an account in Dutch and English of the rise and fall of a major Dutch coaster manager and owner.

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Chapman of Newcastle


Author: John Lingwood, Harold S. Appleyard,     ISBN: 0-905617-35-5,         Ref: 0060,           Publication Date: September 1985
Status: out of print [07.2009]

For just over 100 years, the Chapman family of Newcastle was involved in shipowning -- as Chapman and Miller, R. Chapman and SOns and finally as Chapman & William Ltd. This booklet tells their story in some detail. Beginning with the SUSAN GRAY in 1863 it traces the fleet's fortunes through the sacrifices of two world wars, through the ups and downs of the tramp trade until it finally succumbed in 1974, when it was sold to become Burnett Chapman Ship Management Ltd., part of the Federal Commerce and Navigation Group. The 73 ships owned and 14 managed are fully detailed and there are a total of 83 photos. 80 pages.

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Clyde Shipping Company Glasgow, 1815-2000, The 


Author: Peter Telford, Bill Harvey
ISBN: 0 9542527 0 5,    Ref: 0123,                       Publication Date: ?
Status: available

The profusely-illustrated 208 page A4 hardback book deals with the Clyde Shipping Company’s (CSC) tugs and coastal vessels which were active on that busy river and elsewhere during the period from 1815 to 2000. Thirty-five pages describe the origins of the CSC, the early Clyde tug “scene”, the development of the Company and its operations, the effects of two World Wars and the events leading to the CSC’s final demise in 2000.  A total of 145 pages are devoted to an illustrated fleet list of the tugs, coasters and other vessels operated by the CSC and its’ constituent Companies.  The book is completed by 9 appendices and contains 249 illustrations.

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Comben Longstaff & Co. Ltd (hard back)


Author: K.S. Garrett,
ISBN: 0 905617 58 82 7,     Ref: 0110a,             Publication Date: April 1997

Comben Longstaff & Co. Ltd. was one of the most prominent shipowners in the UK and European trades, owning a wide variety of coasters and larger ships mostly with names ending "BROOK". The company was notable for building some of the last steamers for the coal trade, and followed these with an attractive series of motorships. There are many intimate glimpses of shipowning in the East Coast coal and other trades during peace and war. The author draws portraits of the founder and of many of the ships based on extensive research amongst those who knew or worked for the company between 1933 and 1980. 180 x 250 mm., 176 pages, 180 photographs plus illustrations of flags and funnels used by the company's 136 ships.

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Comben Longstaff & Co. Ltd (Soft back)


Author: K.S. Garrett,
ISBN: 0-905617-58-82-7,       Ref: 0110b,          Publication Date: April 1997

Comben Longstaff & Co. Ltd. was one of the most prominent shipowners in the UK and European trades, owning a wide variety of coasters and larger ships mostly with names ending "BROOK". The company was notable for building some of the last steamers for the coal trade, and followed these with an attractive series of motorships. There are many intimate glimpses of shipowning in the East Coast coal and other trades during peace and war. The author draws portraits of the founder and of many of the ships based on extensive research amongst those who knew or worked for the company between 1933 and 1980. 180 x 250 mm., 176 pages, 180 photographs plus illustrations of flags and funnels used by the company's 136 ships.

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Constantine Group, The


Author: H.S. Appleyard,
ISBN: 0-905617-24-X,   Ref: 0048,      Publication Date: May 1983

This fleet list history is concerned with the ships and fortunes of a company which until recently was a major British shipowner, Constantines of Middlesbrough. This book details the 91 owned and 36 managed ships which came under the control of the many Constantine companies between 1885 and 1968, when the Group decided to withdraw from shipowning. Apart from their interests in the tramping trades, Constantines have also operated cargo-liners in the U.K. to Canada and other trades, whilst its short sea vessels have been familiar in European, Mediterranean and Canadian ports. "Constantine Group" features 81 photographs in its 56 pages.

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Conversion for War




Author: Dr. Richard Osborne, (editor),     ISBN: 0-905617-25-8,      Ref: 0049,      Publication Date:  May 1983

This sixth monograph comprises the proceedings of a recent WSS naval meeting covering a subject of interest to many members -- merchant ships converted for naval use in the Second World War. An introduction reviews the origins, uses and value of auxiliary warships, and other sections include: Armed merchant cruisers, ocean boarding vessels, and Q-ships [by Arnold Hague]; Seagoing auxiliary A.A. ships [by Roger Nailer]; Glen class landing ships [by Richard Osborne]; and Italian merchant armed cruisers [by Aldo Fraccaroli]. 84 pages, 40 photographs.

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Convoy Rescue Ships: 1940-1945


Author: Arnold Hague,
ISBN: 0-905617-88-6,      Ref: 0109,          Publication Date: December 1998

The history of the first Convoy Rescue Ships from 1940, the formation of the Rescue Service as a sole authority in 1941, and the subsequent development of that service, its ships and their role. Contains individual histories of every Convoy Rescue Ship, complete individual voyage records giving dates and convoys accompanied and a statistical summary of each ship's rescue of survivors. Honours and Awards to Masters and crew members are listed individually for each ship. There is a copy of their Standing Orders for the Rescue Service, illustrating the high standards expected (and achieved) by these small vessels. The narrative closes with a comprehensive list of Public Record Office documents on which the content of the history is based. A softback book of 80 pages containing over twenty illustrations of Convoy Rescue Ships in their wartime configuration.

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Convoys to Russia 1941-1945


Author: Bob Ruegg, Arnold Hague
ISBN: 0-905617-66-5,      Ref: 0087,    Publication Date: August 1992

Although the disaster of PQ17 is well-known, comparatively little has been written about the other Arctic convoys which supplied Russia in the face of determined enemy action and often atrocious weather. The authors of Convoys to Russia have pieced together data - much of it unavailable in official records -- to provide a complete chronology of these convoys, with the names of every merchant and naval ship which took part, details of attacks and of both Allied and enemy successes. There is also much background on the supplies taken to Russia, the threats the convoys faced and conditions when they eventually arrived in Northern Russia, and the ships listed are comprehensively cross-referenced. The many photographs, all taken during operations, add a vivid extra dimension, and the size and format of the book has been chosen to do full justice to these. Convoys to Russia is essentially a factual account, but the bravery of those who took part, and the hardships they faced, shines through. It is also one of those rare books of interest both to merchant and naval enthusiasts.

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Cory Towage Ltd.: A Group History


Author: W.J. Harvey,
ISBN: 0 905617 93 2,     Ref: 0122,   Publication Date:   ?
Status: available

This new World Ship Society book is a fascinating volume coming as it does at a topical time! Great value -- a very readable 224 pages with 300 photos are packed between coloured laminated covers. The Rea family started as coal merchants in 1872 and 25 years hence were owners of colliers, barges and tugs. They went from strength to strength and were taken over by William Cory & Sons after the First World War and then focused on the business of tugs, barges and bunkering. The Rea name stood with towage operations until 1970 and becoming Cory Ship Towage the greatly expanded business with company acquisitions also finally absorbed the associated Rea name on Merseyside two decades later. Their impressive tug fleet has ranged from small barge tugs at the end of the 19th century to the ultra modern highly sophisticated tugs as the 21st century dawned. There are three sections detailing vessels owned, managed and chartered together with subsidiary and associated companies. Cory Towage evolved into a major international player until its sale to Dutch owned Wijsmuller at the beginning of 2000. This A4 book includes a barge overview, numerous cameos, full coloured flags and funnels on the end papers and an eight-page colour photo section.

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Crossed Flags (New Zealand Shipping & Federal Steam Navigation) (Hardback)


Author: W.A. Laxon, et al
ISBN: 0-905617-87-8,     Ref: 0111,         Publication Date: October 1997

For generations ships of New Zealand Shipping and Federal were among the principal links between Australasia and Britain. The Rangi passenger liners and the immaculately maintained cargo liners, their holds filled with refrigerated produce, were the lifeline with the farthest distant countries of the Commonwealth. The World Ship Society's latest book recounts the history of the Group with its origins and still deep-seated roots in New Zealand. A wide, sweeping narrative and chronology of both companies links the detailed individual ship histories, each illustrated (with only one exception) by at least one photograph in company colours. All types of ships are represented, from the early sailing ships through the passenger liners, refrigerated ships, dry cargo carriers, tankers and coasters. As well as NZS and Federal themselves, there are also chapters on Avenue Shipping, the Black Ball Coal companies, the cadet ships, managed ships and name derivations. The case-bound A4 size book of 196 pages with over 335 illustrations, many previously unpublished, and with three pages in colour.

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Cunard Portraits


Author: John H. Isherwood,
ISBN: 0-905617-57-6,     Ref: 0079,      Publication Date: July 1990
Status: available

The name of Captain Isherwood is known throughout the world for his meticulous drawings of ships and the World Ship Society has been privileged to publish a selection of 144 of his drawings of ships in the Cunard fleet in this 64-page A4 (landscape, 295 x 210 mm) book. The ships range from the BRITANNIA of 1840 to the QUEEN ELIZABETH 2, SAGAFJORD and VISTAFJORD of today; the drawings, which are to be constant scale of 1:1200, are reproduced in full colour on Art paper and are accompanied by brief details and histories of the ships depicted. The original drawings are superb and we believe that the reproductions in this book do them full justice. Our particular favourites are probably the four of the 1906 MAURETANIA at different times of her life and the three of AQUITANIA, but the book is a unique pictorial record of the development of one of the world's foremost shipping companies.

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Dannebrog Fleet, Rederiaktieselskabet: 1883-1973


Author: Søren Thorsøe                                                                               ISBN: n/a,                   Ref: 0019,    Publication Date: September 1973

A 104-page booklet issued to all WSS members of the day, which was a fleet list and history.

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Dannebrog Fleet, The: 1883-1993 (Hardback)


Author: Søren Thorsøe, Peter Simonsen, Frederik Frederichsen                     ISBN: 87-984305-0-5,        Ref: C,           Publication Date: April 1993      Published by Dannebrog Rederi AS

Although not published by the World Ship Society, this superb case bound book has been published by Dannebrog Rederi A/S, who have kindly made copies available for sale to Society members. Written in English, the book celebrates 110 years of shipowning, and begins with a frank account of the company's fortunes by its present manager. At one time the largest Danish tramp shipowner, Dannebrog has been involved in a fascinating variety of ventures, from cargo liner services to offshore supply and from running livestock carriers to managing its own shipyard. The stars of the book, however, are the 149 owned and managed ships. Comprehensive details and a thorough history are given for each, and all except one (which was cancelled) are illustrated, usually with more than one photograph showing the ship at different stages in her career. The large format of the book and the art paper used does full justice to the many excellent photogrpahs. The fleet has been extremely varied, and has included Baltic and ocean-going dry cargo ships, steam and motor coasters, coastal and ocean tankers, offshore supply vessels, livestock carriers, heavy lift ships, ro-ros and a car ferry. There is much additional information including detailed accounts of individual ships' war service, and the fascinating story of the "fake" KRONBORG and her attempt to supply the German cruiser KÅ NIGSBERG in 1915.

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D-Day Ships, The:   Neptune: the Greatest Amphibious Operation in History


Author: John de S. Winser                                                                         ISBN: 0 905617 75 4,     Ref: 0094,    Publication Date: February 1994

A unique record of Operation Neptune: the greatest amphibious operation in history\r\n', 'The invasion of Europe in June 1944 was one of the most fateful events of the Second World War, the entire outcome of the conflict hinging on its success or failure.  To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the World Ship Society presents "The D-Day Ships", a complete record of every ship involved in Operation Neptune, the naval part of the invasion.  "The D-Day Ships" begins with a description of the planning and preparation for the invasion, following the ships as they set out for Normandy, the landings themselves and the build-up convoys.  The story of a typical assault ship, MAID OF ORLEANS, is told in detail.  There is a brief chronology of the operation, listing the events and losses day by day. The major part of the book consists of a record of every vessel which took part in the invasion.  These range from the transports which carried the troops and their equipment and the bombarding warships, through the coasters and landing craft supplying the beaches, to the hordes of auxiliaries of every shape and size which were involved.  Brief details are given of each vessel and its part in the operation.  The 172 pages of the "The D-Day Ships" are profusely illustrated with maps and particularly photographs, priority being given to shots taken at the time.  There will be other books published during the 50th anniversary year of the invasion, but none will cover the ships involved in as much depth as "The D-Day Ships.

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Den Line, The: Barrie & Nairn


Author: D.C.E. Burrell,
ISBN: 0-905617-59-2,      Ref: 0081,  Publication Date: March 1990

Charles Barrie left the sea in 1882 he established a shipping company which -- although never large -- was to become very well respected, the Den Line of Dundee. Many years later, in 1966, Barrie's company was to amalgamate with another local company, that of Boswell Nairn who opened a shipbroking office in Dundee in 1886. Today the firm of Barrie and Nairn is a leading member of the Dundee shipping community. Access to company records has allowed David Burrell to tell the companies' stories in rare detail. The Den Line records Captain Barrie's career at sea and the shipowning era to 1923 during which 30 sailing ships and steamers were bought or built, including such famous names as the JUTEOPOLIS and LAWHILL. Nairn's venture into shipowning was on a smaller scale with just three ships between 1886 and 1908. 12 appendices record details of the partners' Lloyds Agency and consular appointments, company data, a list of shareholders in the Barrie Shipping Co. Ltd. and the sources of the ships' names. Voyage records of the ships INVERTAN and VULCAN illustrate typical trading patterns of the period. The Den Line's 80 pages also include much material about the growth of Dundee and its jute trade. There are 42 illustrations, nine of them in colour, three builders' plans and four pages from Barrie's jute import book of 1878-9 and Nairn's foreign consignment book of 1906.

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DFDS 1866-1991 -- Ship Development through 125 yrs. (hardback)


Author: Søren Thorsøe, Peter Simonsen, Søren Krogh-Andersen, Frederik Frederichsen, Henrik Vaupel                                                                    ISBN: 87-980030-0-3,   Ref: B,           Publication Date: February 1992     Published by DFDS

Published by the DFDS to celebrate 125 years of shipowning, this book must rank as one of the most significant shipping company histories to be published in recent years. A comprehensive chronology of the company in English and Danish is followed by an extensive and highly detailed fleet list in English of the 406 vessels owned and controlled by the company since its formation in 1866. Similar treatment is given to daughter and associated companies, tugs and harbour craft. In all, a fine casebound A4 volume, with 849 photographs, many from the company archives. Although not published by the World Ship Society, the Society is privileged to have been invited to distribute this book.

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Donaldson Line of Glasgow (hardback)


Author: P.J Telford,
ISBN: 0-905617-54-1,   Ref: 0077A,  Publication Date: December 1989

For a company whose fleet was never large, the Donaldson Line had a varied and fascinating history. The founders, the Donaldson Brothers, took delivery of their first ship in 1858 and put her into the South American trade. When this failed to thrive, they found new opportunities in the U.K. to Canada trade. Over the years, Donaldsons have also developed services to both the East and West Coasts of the U.S.A. and have from time to time re-entered the South American trade, as well as operating emigrant ships for the British government. The story came to an end in 1967, when the company decided it could no longer compete in the then rapidly changing shipping industry, and went into voluntary liquidation. Compiled by an ex-Donaldson officer, this Society publication is as rich as the history of the Donaldson Line itself. Its 128 pages include a substantial narrative history of the company, details of its many and varied subsidiaries, 14 maps and diagrams, and numerous appendices covering incidents affecting the line's ships. A coloured frontispiece features a painting by J.K. Byass of the COLINA passing Belle Isle and there are two pages of flags and funnels in colour. Details and histories of over 100 ships are presented, together with 140 illustrations.

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Donaldson Line of Glasgow (softback)


Author: P.J Telford,
ISBN: 0-905617-55-X,      Ref: 0077B,  Publication Date: December 1989

For a company whose fleet was never large, the Donaldson Line had a varied and fascinating history. The founders, the Donaldson Brothers, took delivery of their first ship in 1858 and put her into the South American trade. When this failed to thrive, they found new opportunities in the U.K. to Canada trade. Over the years, Donaldsons have also developed services to both the East and West Coasts of the U.S.A. and have from time to time re-entered the South American trade, as well as operating emigrant ships for the British government. The story came to an end in 1967, when the company decided it could no longer compete in the then rapidly changing shipping industry, and went into voluntary liquidation. Compiled by an ex-Donaldson officer, this Society publication is as rich as the history of the Donaldson Line itself. Its 128 pages include a substantial narrative history of the company, details of its many and varied subsidiaries, 14 maps and diagrams, and numerous appendices covering incidents affecting the line's ships. A coloured frontispiece features a painting by J.K. Byass of the COLINA passing Belle Isle and there are two pages of flags and funnels in colour. Details and histories of over 100 ships are presented, together with 140 illustrations.

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Doxford Turret Ships, The


Author: Leonard Gray,  John Lingwood                                                        ISBN: n/a,  Ref: 0021,  Publication Date: July 1975

The story of the development of these interesting vessels, including a history of every turret ship built and 32 photographs, many previously unpublished.

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Dundee, Perth & London Shipping Co. Ltd.


Author: Graeme Somner,
ISBN: 0-905617-63-0,      Ref: 0099,    Publication Date: September 1995

The red funnel with the black top of the D P & L used to be seen not only at Dundee, Scotland but in many other ports in Europe, Canada and even Brazil during the 142 years it owned ships. They built and owned sailing ships, steamers, tugs and motor vessels as well as absorbing other firms in areas of activity similar to their own. In its 148 pages, the book provides the careers and details of over 200 ships owned and managed by the Company, includes 100 photographs, and also 15 fleet lists covering not only the vessels owned by D P & L, but also those of such companies as Aberdeen, Newcastle & Hull Steam Co. Ltd., Brussels Steamship Co. Ltd., Lockett Wilson Line, and Channel Shipping Ltd. to name but four, which were bought over the years.

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Eagle Tankers, The


Author: Michael Crowdy                                                                             ISBN: n/a,   Ref:  0011,       Publication Date: March 1966

13-page booklet consisting of "A fleet list of the ships of the Eagle Oil and Shipping Co., Ltd., and a brief history of the firm

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Empire Tugs


Author: W.J. Harvey,  K. Turrell                                                                 ISBN: n/a,   Ref: 0071,   Publication Date: November 1988

New ground is broken in the WSS's first book on tugs.  It is a detailed history of the 147 tugs which were given 'Empire' names during the Second World War, all but two built to pre-war civilian designs.  Six introductory chapters describe why these tugs were needed and discusses the prototypes and how the designs were modified.  The tugs' services in war and peace are described, services which took them all over the world.  In the Society's usual style, full details and careers are given for each individual tug. 'Empire Tugs' is lavishly illustrated with some 150 photographs, general arrangement drawings and maps; the larger 7½ x 9½" format being chosen to do full justice to these.

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Everhard of Greenhithe


Author: K.S. Garrett,     ISBN: 0 905617 58 4,             Ref:  0082,               Publication Date: May 1991

The 240 pages include careers and details of 409 vessels, including dry cargo coasters and tankers both owned and managed, sailing barges, tugs and other service craft.  Some 400 illustrations show almost all the powered craft and many of the sailing barges, in addition to members of the family and scenes of the past at Greenhithe and elsewhere.  There are also three pages of flags and funnel drawings in full colour.  The hardback, A4 format has been chosen to do justice to the many excellent photographs. The result is a book which any enthusiast for coasters old or new will cherish

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Fearnley & Eger: 1869-1969


Author: Rodney Agutter,
ISBN: n/a,                Ref: 0016,      Publication Date: February 1969

A 58-page booklet issued to all WSS members of the day. "February 1969 marks the Centenary of the establishment of the Norwegian shipping and agency firm which has since developed into the present-day Fearnley & Eger organisation. To commemorate the centenary, the World Ship Society has collaborated with the shipowners to produce and publish a frief history of the company and fleet list of its ships".

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Ferry Malta: IL - VAPURI TA GHAWDEX


Author: Graeme Somner,
ISBN: 0-905617-19-3,     Ref: 0041,      Publication Date: March 1982
 
This book is a logical successor to BLAND GIBRALTAR, telling the story of how the ferry services between Malta and Gozo developed over 180 years. "Ferry Malta" includes details of the 29 steamers and motor vessels which have carried passengers between these islands during the last century and is illustrated with maps of the ferry routes and 35 photographs, most of which have never been published before. "Ferry Malta" is of much more than local interest, however, as the vessels involved come from yards in Europe and North America and range from wooden motor launches to iron steamers, and from paddle tugs to diesel ro-ro vessels.

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Fifty Dynamic Years


Author: Richard Cornish, Roy Fenton, Louis Loughran, Richard Osborne, Joachim Pein, Harry Spong
ISBN: 0-905627-94-0,     Ref: 0131,   Publication Date:  January 2000

A retrospective look back at the last 50 years / a WSS commemoration of the Millemmium (Coasters, Aircraft Carriers, Flags & Funnels, Bulkers & Tankers, BLue Funnel and Liner Development, 72p. A5)

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Forty Years On: Ships on the New Waterway in 1968


Author: George Garwood (Photographs by)                                        ISBN:  978 0 9560769 1 5,    Ref: 0154,  Publication Date: November 2008 

This full-colour album showcases photographs taken by the late George Garwood in July and September 1968.  George's fine ship portraits make up the nucleus of the Society's slide collection, and this selection from forty years ago depicts a wide range of classic liners, tramps, bulkers, tankers and coasters built over the previous 30 years.  All 64 pages are accompanied by lively, informative captions.

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Frank C. Strick & Co.


Author: Harold Appleyard, J.E.B. Belt
ISBN: 0-905617-81-9,     Ref: 0112,     Publication Date: December 1996

The history of the Strick Line and 14 associated fleets owned or managed by the great merchant businessman Frank Clarke Strick. This 136-page A5 softback book plots the history of these Companies from 1885 through to final absorption by P&O in 1974 and provides fleet lists of 213 vessels. There are 130 photographs and six appendices in this carefully researched volume.

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From 70 North to 70 South: A History of the Christian Salvesen Fleet


Author: Graeme Somner,
ISBN: 0-9509199-0-X,     Ref:  D,          Publication Date: January 1984

(not a WSS publication)', 'From 70 North to 70 South: A History of the Christian Salvesen Fleet

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From Anerica to United States -- Part 1


Author: L.A. Sawyer,  W.H. Mitchell                                                            ISBN: 0 905617 08 8,      Ref: 0032,          Publication Date: May 1979             Status:  Out of Print

The Maritime Commission began to revitalise the United States Merchant Marine in 1937, by ordering the liner AMERICA.  Its programme of cargo ship building was increased at the outbreak of war in Europe and greatly expanded after America entered the war -- not only to supply the merchant shipping needs of the Allies, but also to provide essential naval support craft, including carriers (CVE\'s) and even frigates (PF\'s).  The ending of hostilities saw the disposal of much of this great fleet, but the Commission\'s work was not finished until the commissioning of the liner UNITED STATES in 1952.

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From America to United States -- Part 2


Author: L.A. Sawyer,   W.H. Mitchell                                                         ISBN: 0 905617 12 6,       Ref: 0042,          Publication Date: April 1982          Status:  Out of Print

The History of the long-range Merchant Shipbuilding Programme of the United States Maritime Commission\r\n', 'Part two of this history of the ships built under the auspices of the United States Maritime Commission include C2 and C4 (cargo) and C5 (ore carrier) and the R (refrigerated) types of standard ships.  In addition there are nearly 100 half-tone illustrations, a number of line drawings and an index.

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From America to United States -- Part 3


Author: L.A. Sawyer,   W.H. Mitchell                                                        ISBN: 0 905617 31 2,       Ref: 0056,   Publication Date:  August 1984         Status: Out of Print

The History of the long-range Merchant Shipbuilding Programme of the United States Maritime Commission\r\n', 'Part three of this history of the ships built under the auspices of the United States Maritime Commission includes the C3 types (including conversions to escort carriers); the L6 (Laker) types; the V (tug) types; the concrete ships; derrick barges and car floats and details of the wood shipbuilding programme.  In addition there are nearly 100 half-tone illustrations, a number of line drawings and an index.

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From America to United States -- Part 4


Author: L A Sawyer,  W.H. Mitchell
ISBN: 0-905617-38-X,     Ref: 0064,  Publication Date: May 1986

Part four of this history includes the N3 (coastal cargo) types; the S (special) types (including carriers, frigates and landing ships); post-war liners; the prototype of the subsequent 'Mariner'-class of ship; a plan showing the location of shipyards; details of a fleet of old Great Lakes vessels converted for deep sea work; an index to each different ship type; a numerical list of all U.S.M.C. hull numbers; the story of the liner UNITED STATES and a miscellaneous section which details a number of ships built privately during the era of the Maritime Commission and gives a resumÎ of Maritime Academy training establishments, many of which used standard type, war-built tonnage for training purposes. Each type is fully detailed and the career of each ship, including naval service, is taken through to disposal or to the present day. In addition there are nearly 100 half-tone illustrations, a number of line drawings and an index of ship names.

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Furness Withy, The Centenary History 1891-1991 (hardback)


Author: David C E Burrell,
ISBN: 0-905617-70-3,    Ref: 0089,  Publication Date:

This centenary history of one of the largest and most diverse British shipowning groups covers an enormous sweep of fleets. It is surprising how many major liner companies were acquired, Houlder Brothers, Johnston Line, Warren Line, Royal Mail and Shaw Savill to mention just a few. Brief details are included of almost 1500 ships. 248 pages of which 16 are in colour.

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Gas and Electricity Colliers


Author:  Ridley Chesterton, R.S. Fenton                                                      ISBN: n/a,              Ref:  0057,     Publication Date: December 1984

The research for "Gas and Electricity Colliers" was begun by Douglas Ridley Chesterton, who -- in spite of being well-known to members for his activities with the Central Record and Photo Library -- never had a book published by the Society during his lifetime.  The book tells of the gas and electricity industries\' involvement with ships, including the appalling losses suffered in wartime, and brings the story right up to date with the disposal of Britain\'s last steam coasters, and the recent orders for new electricity colliers.  Included are histories of the ten gas and electricity concerns which owned ships and the stories behind the names they gave them.  Full details and careers are included of a total of 195 ships, many of them illustrated amongst the 170 photographs which include a number of rare views.  120 pages.

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George Gibson & Company


Author: Graeme Somner,
ISBN: 0-905617-46-0,  Ref: 0070

"George Gibson and Company" includes the fleet list and history of a Leith shipping company which can trace its origins back to 1797. Originally in shipbroking, the company bought its first ships in 1844 to carry on its trade with European ports which lasted until the mid-1960s. Since then Gibsons have made the transition into the carriage of Liguified gas, and have latterly been associated with Anchor Line. With 80 pages, 130 ships and 60 photographs.

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Golden Cross Line, The (Owen & Watkin Williams)


Author: Dr. David Jenkins,
ISBN: 0-905617-61-4, Ref: 0084

Owen and Watkin Williams were different from the other Cardiff shipowners. They did not rely on the tramp owners' traditional "coal out, grain home" trade, but also operated a liner service between the U.K. and Mediterranean ports, the Golden Cross Line. Natives of Edern in Caernarfonshire, the brothers obtained most of their crews and much of their capital from this rural community. They were also amongst the pioneers in the use of motorships, although this contributed to their spectacular downfall. The story of Owen and Watkin Williams' fascinating career, the ships they owned between 1895 and 1928, the Golden Cross Line and the company's rapid growth and even more rapid collapse is told in full with much background information on the ownership, financing and crewing of Cardiff ships. In its 72 pages, The Golden Cross Line also provides complete careers and details of 24 owned or managed ships and includes 40 photographs.

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Gorthon Shipping Companies: 1915-1985, The


Author: Kjell A. Axelson, Thomas Johannesson
ISBN: 0-905617-36-3,  Ref: 0061

This WSS fleet list and history concerns Gorthons Rederi A/B, one of Sweden's best-known shipping companies, and one particularly familiar in U.K. waters. Produced with the full co-operation of the company, the book tells how the Gorthon and Borjesson families entered shipowning in 1915 and traces the growth of the various companies in the Gorthon group and how they became involved in the carriage of forest products, citrus fruit and other trades. The fleet list details 74 ships and there are 84 black and white illustrations as well as a full-colour frontispiece and flags and funnel drawings. 64 pages.

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H. Hogarth & Sons Limited -- Baron Line


Author: A.A. McAlister, Leonard Gray
ISBN: 0-905617-00-2,   Ref: 0023

A 56-page booklet issued to all WSS members of the day, which was a fleet list and history of the company.

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H.E.I.C. Ship List

Author: Rowan Hackman,
World Ship Society Publication No.: 0127,    ISBN: ,

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Hadley: the Hadley Shipping Co. Ltd. (hardback)


Author: W.J. Harvey,
World Ship Society Publication No.: 0107 ISBN: 0-905617-83-5,

Today the number of British owners in the tramping or bulk trades is into single figures, yet within living memory there were hundreds. One notable survivor is the Hadley Shipping Co. Ltd., which was formed in 1926 to own tankers. This history begins with the formation of the Immingham Agency Co. in 1912 and included other associated companies: Coastal Tankers Ltd., Iranian Tanker Co. Ltd., and Leadenhall Shipping Co. Ltd. There is a fleet list covering 91 owned and managed ships, 110 illustrations, 10 in full colour. "Hadley" is an A5 hardback of 128 pages with a full cover dust jacket.

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Hain of St. Ives (The Hain Steamship Co. Ltd.)


Author: K.J. O'Donoghue, H.S. Appleyard
ISBN: 0-905617-41-X,  Ref: 0066

This 132-page Society publication traces the company history from the early days at St. Ives to the integration of the fleet into the P&O General Cargo Division in 1971. In addition to a full fleet list of Hain vessels, there are lists of the many managed vessels, including those managed for P&O. A useful appendix gives full details of the merchant aircraft carriers constructed during the Second World War, a number of which were managed by Hain. Further appendices include the submission by Lord Inchape to the P&O Board recommending the purchase of Hain in 1917, a listing of Hain vessels laid up in the River Fal and the origins and meanings of the famous TRE-names.

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Hamburg South America Line, The (hardback)


Author: James Cooper, Arnold Kludas, Joachim Pein
ISBN: 0-905617-50-9,      Ref: 0074,  Publication Date: May 1989

This casebound, A4 volume of 194 pages does full justice to this historic and well-known company. A detailed chronology is followed by a fleet list with full details of 320 owned and managed vessels plus a list of chartered ships. Almost all are illustrated, making this handsome book not only a definitive history of a famous and thriving fleet but also a feast of photographs of passenger ships, cargo liners, reefers, tankers and container vessels. This book is enhanced by a coloured frontispiece of CAP POLONIO, a pictorial appendix of full colour line drawings of 10 of the Company's most significant ships, colour illustrations of flags and funnels and end-papers showing the routes served in 1989.

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Hamburg Tugs


Author: Michael Dollenbacher, Reinhard H. Schnake
ISBN: 0-905617-51-7,  Ref: 0075

Presents chronologies and fleet lists of the five major Hamburg ship towage companies: Peterson & Alpers, Fairplay, Louis Meyer, Lutgens & Reimers and Bugsier. This A5 softback covers well over 200 tugs, many being illustrated with fine action photographs showing other vessels and harbour scenes.

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'Hansa, Deutsche Dampfschifffahrts-Gesellschaft (85 Years of Shipping Under the Maltese Cross 1881-1966)


Author: Leonard Gray                                                                               ISBN: n/a,              Ref: 0013,            Publication Date: July 1967             Status:  Out of Print

An 80-page booklet issued to all WSS members of the day, which comprised a fleet list and history of the company.

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Harrisons of Liverpool: A Chronicle of Ships and Men 1830-2002



Author: Graeme Cubbin,
ISBN: 1 901703 48 7,  Ref: 0128,  Publication Date: 2003
Status: Available from Ships in Focus Publications

For almost 150 years, T. and J. Harrison of Liverpool was one of the great Briitsh shipping companies; successful in developing and maintaining its many trades, employing some of the best officers and crews, and building and running superb ships.  This book tells the story of the company, its ships and its men. 400 pages. 210 mm x 300 mm.  Hard Cover with dust jacket. This book was co-produced by the World Ship Society and Ships in Focus Publications, and is not available direct from the Society.  WSS members can order the book at a reduced cost from Ships in Focus Publications, by sending their request along with their WSS membership number to: Ships in Focus Puiblications, 18 Franklands, Longton, Preston PR4 5PD, United Kingdom. Visa and MasterCard accepted. E-mail: sales@shipsinfocus.co.uk

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Head Line (G. Heyn & Sons Ltd.) (Ulster Steamship Co. Ltd.)


Author: W.J. Harvey,
World Ship Society Publication No.: 0078 ISBN: 0-905617-53-3,

G. Heyn and Sons have been Belfast's most important shipowners, well known for their ships named after headlands around Ireland. Since 1877 their Ulster Steamship Co. Ltd. has been involved in a number of trades, from Ireland across the North Atlantic, to the Baltic, and to near-continental ports. "Head Line" tells the fascinating story of Heyns and their ships, through boom and recession, political and commercial changes and two wars. Although no longer shipowners, the company is still active in the shipping industry at Belfast. The Ulster Steamship Co. Ltd. has owned some 60 ships, ranging in size from short-sea traders to substantial cargo liners and all are fully detailed and, where possible, illustrated. Heyns' involvement in managing vessels for other owners has been extensive and over 50 managed ships are also included. A number of appendices include trading results, voyage reports and reminiscences. "Head Line" has a full-colour frontispiece showing the Howth Head flying the rather mysterious Green Ensign which was used by Heyn's ships from time to time, and a map showing the locations of the headlands which have given their names to the ships concludes the book's 160 pages.

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Hillerstrom's Helsingborg 1891-1976, The history of


Author: Thomas Johannesson                                                                  ISBN: 0 905617 01 0,   Ref: 0024,  Publication Date:  December 1976          Status:  Out of Print

The 48-page history of this well-known Swedish shipping company and its ships, illustrated with 65 half-tone pictures, one line drawing and a map showing the present services.

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HM Customs & Excise Cutters & Launches: Class Directory: Cutters since 1946 — Launches since 1920


Author: Philip Simons (compiler) WSS Small Craft Group,     ISBN: n/a,     Ref: 8639,   Publisher: WSS Small Craft Group, 2004

An illustrated history of the vessels of the H.M. Customs & Excise Marine Service. A4.  100 pages.  Black & white photographs.  Available from the WSS Small Craft Group - see listing to the left under NAVAL AFFAIRS - Small Craft Group for ordering instructions and price.  THIS PUBLICATION IS NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH OUR WSS CENTRAL BOOK ORDERS.

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Hunting & Son Ltd: The Fleet Past and Present of -- 3rd ed.


Author: Rowan M B H Hackman,
World Ship Society Publication No.: 0017 ISBN: n/a,
 
A 44-page booklet issued to all WSS members of the day. "The third edition of this history and the opportunity has been taken to re-check it completely and amend certain small errors in earlier editions and bring it completely up to date with information and photographs".

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Hunting & Son Ltd: The Fleet Past and Present of -- 2nd ed. (Huntings of Newcastle upon Tyne)


Author: Rowan M.B.H. Hackman                                                                ISBN: n/a,            Ref: 0006,               Publication Date: August 1961            Status: Out of Print

A 27-page booklet issued to all WSS members of the day. Published by Hunting & Son, Ltd., in collaboration with the World Ship Society.

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Hunts, The: A history of the design, development and careers of the 86 destroyers of this class built for the Royal and Allied Navies during World War II


Author:  John English                                                                                ISBN: 0 905617 44 4,      Ref: 0069,     Publication Date:  September 1987        Status: Out of Print

The Hunts" fills an important gap in the history of recent Royal Navy ships, being the first comprehensive account of the Fast Escort Vessels built early in the Second World War.  This 108 page book examines why the Hunts were built, and follows their development and design in detail, looking at modifications made after initial problems had been encountered, and reviewing proposed developments of the design.  Full details are given of the service careers of all 86 Hunts, many of which were employed as fleet destroyers, especially during the early years of the war.  Most of the 124 photographs which illustrate the book have never been published before.

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Idyll of the Kings: The history of the King Line 1889-1979


Author: Alan S. Mallett                                                                           ISBN: 0 905617 10 X,    Ref:  0034,   Publication Date:  February 1980           Status:  Out of Print

The King Line is well-known as the tramp and bulk-carrier arm of the British and Commonwealth Group, but how many people know that it has a long and interesting history which is closely bound up with the rise and fall of that giant of shipping Lord Kylsant. 'Idyll of the Kings' includes much fascinating historical material on both the King Line and its founder -- the design and day to day management of its ships, the adoption of the diesel engine in the 1920s and the economies this brought, the changes following the resignation and later trial of Kylsant, and the Line's incorporation in the British and Commonwealth Group.  The careers and details of all 83 ships owned and managed are described, and 52 illustrations complete a work which will appeal to everyone interested in British shipping history.  64 pages.  A5 size.

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Irish Naval Service


Author: Thomas A. Adams                                                                       ISBN: 0 905617 21 5,   Ref: 0045,   Publication Date: July 1982                Status: Out of Print

Until now comparatively little has been written about the Irish Navy.  This, the fourth WSS monograph, describes the development of the Irish Naval Service and its forerunner the Marine Service.  In so doing it describes the political and military background during the inter-war years and the Second World War in some depth.  Twenty-one ships are fully detailed, including six Thornycroft MTBs and six ex-RN vessels.  Twelve photographs and eight line drawings complete what is at 72 pages, the largest monograph yet.

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Irish Shipping Ltd


Author: H.C. Spong,      ISBN: n/a,   Ref: 0043,    Publication Date: June 1982,  Status: Out of Print

Irish Shipping Ltd. was formed in 1941 as a result of a neutral country\'s desperate need for ocean shipping.  The story of its formation and subsequent fortunes is told in considerable detail in this 56-page book, which also records dimensions and careers of the ships which have been owned.  These include not only the worn-out tramp steamers which were all that could be obtained in wartime and the modern cargo ships and bulk carriers which succeeded them, but also the coasters and car ferries which have been owned by associated companies.  A total of 70 photographs illustrate every one of these ships -- the first time this has been achieved in a Society fleet list.

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Leander Class Frigates


Author: Richard Osborne, David Sowdon
ISBN: 0-905617-56-8,  Ref: 0080

The design history of the class; the political, operational and constructional needs which shaped them; their building, operations and many refits -- Leander Class Frigates has it all. These well-known WSS authors have not shirked controversial issues to tell the full story, not just of the Royal Navy's Leanders, but of those of the Australian, Chilean, Dutch, Indian and New Zealand navies. A final chapter considers the claim that they were one of the most successful post-Second World War frigate designs. A series of appendices gives details of names, pennant numbers, dates of building and conversions, weapons and sensors. The 120 pages of Leander Class Frigates contain many fine photographs, not just of the class itself, but of their predecessors, successors and contemporaries. The size and format of the book has been chosen to do full justice to these.

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Leif Höegh & Co. A.S., The Fleet of 1928-1968


Author:  Michael Crowdy                                                                         ISBN: n/a,          Ref: 0015,                     Publication Date: December 1968  Status: Out of Print

A 65-page booklet issued to all WSS members of the day.  It traces, very briefly, the history of this very enterprising company through its first forty years and portrays each of the ships which have flown the Hoegh flag.

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Lombardo Marine Group: A Fleet List    (A WSS Fremantle Branch publication)


Author:                                                                                                  ISBN: n/a,    Ref: 1107,   Publication Date: December 1983, updated January 1985

A fleet list produced by The Fremantle Branch of the World Ship Society, detailing the fleet of the Lombardo Marine Group as of December 1983, and later updated to January 1985.  A4 format, 40 pages, black & white photocopy.  Contact the Fremantle Branch direct for availability and pricing. (check the "BRANCHES - Rest of the World" listing for contacts at the Fremantle Branch.)

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London & Overseas Freighters PLC 1948-1992 (rev.)


Author: Mark Kinnaird, Kevin O'Donoghue
ISBN: 0-905617-68-1,  Ref: 0088

One of the U.K.'s few thriving shipping companies is featured in this completely updated and revised edition of a popular book, first published in 1977. London and Overseas Freighters Limited was formed in 1948 by the Mavroleon and Kulukundis families and, beginning with a small fleet of war-built cargo ships, went on to become a major British operator of tramp tankers and bulk carriers. The 120 pages of this book bring the story of L.O.F. and its associated companies up to 1992 and a total of 135 illustrations are included.

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Lyle Shipping Company Limited, History of (1827-1966) - The firm and the Fleet


Author: Michael Crowdy                                                                          ISBN: n/a,      Ref: 0012,    Publication Date: December 1966

A 44-page booklet issued to all WSS members of the day, which was a fleet list and history of the Lyle Shipping Co.

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Mersey Rovers: The Coastal tramp ship owners of Liverpool ... (hard back)

PLEASE NOTE: The Society has sold out all of its stock of this book, but it is still available through selected booksellers.  We suggest you contact Ships in Focus Publications for price and availability. Contact them at the following address: Ships in Focus Publications, 18 Franklands, Longton, Preston, United Kingdom.  E-mail: sales@shipsinfocus.co.uk

Author: Roy Fenton,
ISBN: 0-905617-84-3,   Ref: 0113,  Publication Date: August 1997

Mersey Rovers is the result of many years work to document the Merseyside ships and owners engaged in home-trade tramping. Although considerably larger, it follows the format of the author's "Cambrian Coasters" in dealing chapter by chapter with 33 owners, telling their histories and detailing and illustrating the steam and motor coaster which they owned and managed. An introductory Survey puts the ships and owners into their historical and geographical context, and provides histories of each of the ports on the Mersey and their role in operating and handling coasters. "Mersey Rovers" is fully illustrated, with over 300 photographs plus two maps. Eight colour pages illustrate the flags and funnels of the owners. Owners and ships are indexed, and there is an extensive bibliography. The aim has been to make "Mersey Rovers" the definitive work on the subject, and produce a book which everyone interested in coasters or the history of Liverpool and the Mersey will value. Alongside well-known owners such as Richard Hughes, Zillah Shipping and Carrying, Richard Clark, United Alkali and I.C.I. are many smaller companies which have their own interesting stories. Minor operators are dealt with in a Miscellany section. For reasons of space, companies already covered by present or planned WSS publications have been omitted. Even so, full details are included of 350 individual ships.

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Metal Industries: Shipbreaking at Rosyth and Charlestown


Author: Ian Buxton                                                                                   ISBN: 0 905617 69 X,    Ref: 0086,      Pulication Date: June 1992

This book gives details of all ships scrapped at Rosyth and Charlestown, including the MAURETANIA and the German Fleet scuttled at Scapa Flow.  104 pages.  many photographs.  500 ships, 'Just as the history of a ship is unfinished without details of its fate, the history of the shipping industry is incomplete without the story of shipbreaking.  This book is one of the very few to take a detailed look at this subject, describing the history of the U.K.'s second biggest breaker and arguably its most progressive. Technical innovations helped Metal Industries; forerunners get started in the warship breaking boom after the First World War, and an entrepreneurial spirit helped the company weather the peaks and troughs of business in the depression. Ventures into salvage work and towing are described, as well as the political and economic background to the shipbreaking business.  Besides a business history, the 104 pages also include brief details of each of the 500 vessels broken up at the company's yards on the Forth.  Ships dealt with ranged from battleships (some of them upside down) to boom vessels, and from passenger liners to paddle minesweepers.  The book is profusely illustrated, with photographs of the last days of such famous ships as MAURETANIA and LEVIATHAN

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Metcalf Motor Coasters Ltd 1924-1965: A history and fleet list of the Company


Author: P N Quartermaine,
World Ship Society Publication No.: 0010 ISBN: n/a,
 
A 10-page booklet issued to all WSS members of the day. Short history and fleetlist.

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Monk's Navy


R.S. Fenton,     ISBN: n/a,     Ref: 0039,    Publication Date: June 1981            Status: Out of Print

On the Irish Sea and beyond, Monks and coastal shipping were synonymous for some 70 years.  In fact, no fewer than five companies bore the name, and the fortunes and fleets of all are described in this monograph.  The largest and best known of these was J.S. Monks & Co. Ltd., founded in 1907 as J.H. Monks (Preston) Ltd. and owning 38 coasters before its liquidation in 1963.  But there was also Joseph Monks & Co. Ltd. which had 28 small steamers, and two smaller concerns, Monks, Hall & Co. Ltd. and Arthur Monks & Co. In all, details are included of 77 ships and illustrations of 41, making this the largest Monograph yet, with 68 pages.

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Monroe Brothers, Shipowners


Author: R.S. Fenton                                                                               ISBN: n/a,    Ref: 0046,    Publication Date: December 1982                         Status: Out of Print

Do you remember the "Kyles", the coasters of Monroe Brothers which were once so familiar in British and European waters?  This monograph tells the story of the Monroe family's shipowning activities, relating how their fleet not only survived the depression of the 1920s and 1930s, but actually increased in size.  It also includes full details of 64 ships owned or managed between 1897 and 1978.  These include tramps, colliers, cargo liners and motor coasters as well as the steam coasters for which the company is best known, and which include some famous veterans such as the second DUNVEGAN, acquired when she was already 60 years old.  There are 32 photographs and line drawings of flags and funnels.

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Naval M.F.Vs of World War II, The

Author: J.J. Colledge, L.W. Moore                                                            ISBN: n/a,            Ref: 0025,     Publication Date: June 1977                        Status: Out of Print

Being a description of the designs of these British craft and a list of all MFVs built and ordered, giving details of builders, trials, dates and subsequent disposal.  Altogether about 1,000 craft are detailed.  34 pages, 4 line drawings and 12 half-tones. (A special "Warships Supplement".)

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Navy on Review 77 (Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee Review at Spithead)


Author:            ISBN: 0 905617 02 9,    Ref: 0027,    Publication Date: September 1977,          Status: Out of Print

For the interested observer this is a unique record of a major naval occasion; for the naval historian it is also an invaluable document, illustrating as it does around two-thirds of the Royal Navy\'s active ships as they were during one week in June, 1977.

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Nederland Line (The Centenary of the Stoomvaart Maatschappij 1870-1970)


Author: G.J. de Boer                                                                              ISBN:  n/a,   Ref:   0018,      Publication Date: June 1970                          Status: Out of Print

A 92-page booklet issued to all WSS members of the day. "May 13th 1970 marks the Centenary of this famous Dutch shipping company and it has been our pleasure and a privelege to collaborate in the preparation of a history of the company and their ships".  150 ships owned and 43 managed or of associate companies.

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Nitrate Boats, The (Lawther, Latta & Co., Ltd.)


Author: David Burrell,
ISBN: 0-905617-77-0,  Ref: 0100

Often known as the Anglo Line, the Nitrate Producers S.S. Co. Ltd. was managed by Lawther, Latta & Co. Ltd., London, from its birth in 1895 until wound up in 1943. A well known and highly respected tramp company, they were closely associated with the Chilean nitrate trade, having been founded with the blessing of Colonel J.T. North, the "Nitrate King". In addition to a history of the company, and associated fleets, the account reviews the history of the South American nitrate trade, the controversial career of the "Nitrate King" and the development of artificial nitrates. Other areas examined, due to Lawther and Latta involvement, include Yukon gold, the loss of the TITANIC and the later career of Captain Lord of the CALIFORNIAN, and Merchant Navy Victoria Crosses. 111 pages, over 80 photographs, soft covers and a full World Ship Society fleet list.

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Norwegian America Line, 1910-1995


Author: Bjørn Pedersen, F.W. Hawks
ISBN: 0-905617-79-7,  Ref: 0101

During its 85-year existence, the Norwegian America Line has gone from being Norway's major transatlantic passenger carrier to its present position as one of the world's premier vehicle-carrying shipping companies. This short, but authoritative, history -- written by one of the company's vice-presidents -- and fleet list contains within its 80 pages 114 photographs and 3 line drawings of the 108 vessels with which the company has had an ownership or chartering interest.

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Nourse Line


Author: Perry F.W.,  Laxon W.A.,                                                           ISBN: 0-905617-62-2,    Ref: 0085

Captain James Nourse took delivery of his first ship, the GANGES, in 1861 and went on to build up one of the last great fleets of sailing ships. It was not until 1904, long after the founder's death, that the Nourse Line took delivery of its first ocean-going steamer. The coolie trade from Calcutta to the West Indies was the basis of the company's success, and the abolition of this trade in 1914 was a factor in the company selling out to P&O in 1917. Even so, the Nourse Line retained its identity until its owner's rationalisations in the 1960s. In 56 pages, Nourse Line outlines the company's history, provides full details of its 38 sailing and 31 powered ships, and includes 59 illustrations including a drawing of the tug HUGHLI. Appendices explain the origin and termination of the coolie trade, examine the extraordinary casualty rate which Nourse ships suffered, give full details of the ships' livery and explain the origins of their names.

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Obdurate to Daring: British Fleet Destroyers 1941-1945


Author: John English                                                                               ISBN:  978 0 9560769 0 8,   Ref: 0155,    Publication Date: 2008

The majority of the ships discussed in this volume were intermediate destroyers, based on the pre-war J-class hull and machinery, with a Tribal bow and an armament that could be supplied by the reduced number of ordnance works that had survived the depression. The Os and Ps had been designed pre-war and were ordered on the outbreak of war, as part of the War Emergency programme and provided the first reinforcements, other than the HUNT class destroyers, for the decimated destroyer flotillas during 1941-42.  The Os were the basis of a series of 72 destroyers that were to be completed during 1942 - 1946.  These ships were adequate, but their AA armament was weak and they were criticised for their short endurance when compared with USN vessels.  The Z - C classes were nearly obsolete, when completed.  Fortunately, their relatively late entry into service, and the complete air supremacy of the Allies, meant that their losses were limited. From 1942 these standard destroyers were replaced in the construction programme by the radically bigger Battles and later Darings while the smaller destroyer yards were to be kept busy building the Weapon class intermediate-size destroyers.  Many of these vessels were cancelled at the end of the war, including the whole of the projected Gallant class, intermediate destroyer which was a development of the Weapon class. These destroyers provided the backbone of the Royal Navy's destroyer and frigate squadrons into the 1960’s when age and obsolescence finally caught up with them.  Fortunately they were amenable to conversion and the Type 15 conversion programme was one of the most successful ever undertaken. T Created and built to wartime specifications, they gave sterling service for the Royal Navy and other navies for over 30 years.

This hardcover, 216 page A4 book, which describes the origins, specifications and development of each design, contains the service histories of 113 destroyers and is illustrated by 170 black and white photographs. The volume is completed by a ship index and seven appendices detailing building dates and the various conversions undertaken or proposed post-war. 

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Ove Skou

Author: Søren Thorsøe, Michael Crowdy                                                      ISBN: n/a,     Ref: 0044,      Publication Date:  June 1982                             Status: Out of Print

This Danish company is well known for owning some of the most attractive cargo ships built during the 1950s and 1960s. In all, 56 ships have been operated since 1929, and these are detailed -- and the great majority feature amongst the 60 illustrations -- in this 44-page book.  Also included are a company history and a description and photograph of the Flettner rotor-ship BARBARA which was rebuilt to become the ELSE SKOU.

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P&O - A Fleet History (hardback)


Author: Stephen Rabson, Kevin O'Donoghue                                                 ISBN: 0 905617 45 2,     Ref: 0072            Publication Date: January 1989    Status:  Out of Print

This beautiful casebound, A4 book of 584 pages chronicles the triumphs and setbacks of the P&O, its founders and leaders and its services during peace and war.  In the Society's usual style, complete technical and career details are given of each ship, including sailing ships of the founders, steamers used on their early Peninsular services, ships of the P&O S.N.Co. from 1840 to 1971, and units of the P&O Group since then -- a total of 870 ships.  This includes many famous ORSVs and harbour craft.  Whenever possible a photograph or line drawing of each vessel is included to a total of over 1100, making this book unique in its coverage.  Amongst the illustrations are 60 of flags and funnels in colour.  An index of ships' names and their derivations completes a work that set new standards for shipping company histories.

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Port Line (Incorporating James P. Corry & Company, Thomas B. Royden & Company, Wm. Milburn & Company, G.D. Tyser & Company, and the Commonwealth & Dominion Line Ltd.)


Author:  H.C. Spong,  (in association with J. Dobson)                                      ISBN: 0 9543310 2 8,     Ref: 0141,          Publication Date: 2004                Status:  Out of Print

In 1914, four companies engaged in the trade to New Zealand and Australia amalgamated to form the Commonwealth & Dominion Line, just prior to the outbreak of World War One, and the vagaries that that imposed on shipping.  Within two yers, the fledgling Commonwealth & Dominion Line was acquired by the Cunard Steamship Company.  This book tells the individual stories of the four companies before the amalgamation and the creation of this new enterprise, together with the subsequent story of the Commonwealth & Dominion Line that was transformed into Port Line during the 1930's.  A4 hardback. 256 pages.

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Ritsons' Branch Line: The Nautilus Steam Shipping Co Ltd of Sunderland


Author: Malcolm Cooper,
ISBN: 0 905617 99 1,    Ref: 0125,     Publication Date: 2002


"Ritsons' Branch Line: The Nautilus Steam Shipping Co Ltd of Sunderland" is the very latest release by the World Ship Society.', 'Yet another Important WSS Publication “RITSONS’ BRANCH LINE” -- The Nautilus Steam Shipping Co Ltd of Sunderland<p> This latest World Ship Society book provides a fascinating insight into the lost history of one of the medium sized companies that flourished in the heyday of British steam shipping, but failed to survive the twin challenges of war and economic depression in the first half of the 20th century.<.p> The Ritson family of Sunderland entered ship owning in the 1820s, gradually building up a small fleet through the middle years of the century.  In 1881, they entered steam when they formed the Nautilus Steam Shipping Co Ltd and adopted the Branch nomenclature with which they were to be associated for the next 50 years. common with most early steam concerns, Nautilus started in European before moving to more distant waters, and by the end of the century Branch ships were trading worldwide. The company then moved into the liner trade by taking over the Gulf Line service to the west coast of South America, and by the First World War was exclusively devoted to this challenging and often dangerous business. Branch ships were heavily involved in the Great War and suffered heavy losses, the first to a surface raider in 1914 and the last in a heroic action as a Q-ship in 1918.  Post war fleet renewal placed a heavy financial burden on Nautilus and the company struggled to make a profit thereafter.  Bankruptcy finally ended Nautilus’s 50-year history in 1931, although some of it’s well maintained fleet sailed on into the 1950s under other colours. This Quarto sized softback book has 104 pages with 67 illustrations.

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Ropner Shipping Company 1874-1974


Author: Leonard Gray                                                                             ISBN: n/a,         Ref: 0020,              Publication Date: March 1975

This is the history of the Ropner company from its origins in West Hartlepool in 1874 to its position as the operator of the country's premier bulk carrier fleet.  This is a soft-backed book of 50 pages and published in 1975.

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Rowbotham


Author: Rev. A. Huckett                                                                             ISBN: 0 905617 97 5,   Ref: 0132,  Publication Date: February 2002

A history of Rowbotham Tankships Ltd', 'Well known for their oil and chemical tankers with names such as RUDDERMAN and TANKERMAN, Rowbothams had a surprisingly long history. Their first wooden sailing ship was launched in 1879, and dry cargo coasters were acquired in 1899. The company specialised in carrying heavy cargo for the Admiralty, and only when this business declined after the First World War did they turn to the coastal tanker trades. In this they were particularly successful, and built up a business, which made their tankers common sights in British and European oil ports. The ships kept their distinctive names through sale of the company to US concerns and to P&O, who renamed the company P&O Tankships. Rowbotham Shipping tells the history of the company and lists all ships owned up to late 1996 when acquisition by James Fisher and Sons saw the tankers renamed. Fleet list data is correct to May 2001. As well as 62 owned vessels, also detailed are the 78 vessels, which were managed during war or peace, including a remarkable variety of craft, from tugs, X lighters, hopper barges and tankers. There are three fascinating accounts of service in Rowbotham vessels during and just after the Second World War. Every possible ship is illustrated, and there are eight pages in colour. This 120-page, A5 softback, Rowbotham Shipping makes a worthy addition to the library of every shipping enthusiast.

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Safmarine, (The South African Marine Corporation Ltd.), A Group History


Author: W.J. Harvey,  C.R. Mackenzie                                                          ISBN: 0 905617 98 3,    Ref: 0133,        Publication Date: May 2002

This latest, 160 page, company history sees the authors provide an intriguing insight into the activities and development of the South African Marine Corporation Ltd., from its inception in 1946, through numerous restructuring processes, until finally being split-up and sold in 1999 after only 53 years.  Within its A4 laminated hardcover, are 246 photograpgs and details of the lengths to which the company, long associated with Cayzer, Irvine (Clan Line) and later the British & Commonwealth Group, was prepared to go to maintain its trading position during South Africa's political exile.  Apart from the front-line fleet, the group also operated a secondary "ghost" fleet, comprising, tankers up to and including the VLCC type, passenger vessels, cargo-liners, refrigerated cargo vessels, bulk carriers, and ore carriers, all of which were regisitered outside South Africa to over seventy companies.  Other vessels were also operated, as equal or majority partnerships.  All of the foregoing vessels are detailed in a single chronological fleet, listing 132 vesels that carried over 220 names for the company.  The few managed, and 40 or so other vessels, contained in five appendices, include the associate Safocean Group, the German controlled, Globus Reederei and their subsidiary South African Lines Ltd., both acquired by Safmarine in 1973 following years of competition, chartered vessels that carried company name style and, finally, the container liner fleet of Safmarine (Pty) Ltd., after its sale to A.P. Moller of Denmark.

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Saint George Steam Packet Company, The: 1821-1843


Author: R H Greenwood, F.W. Hawks
ISBN: 0-905617-76-2,  Ref: 0097

This booklet is the first of the Society's new series of monographs. It tells the story of one of the pioneer British Shipping Companies, dating from 1822, which ran services on the Irish Sea and across the North Sea between Hull and Continental ports. Within its fleet were vessels which became the first steamships to cross the Atlantic and to go to Australia, and the first steam merchant ship to be seen in New Zealand waters. The 24 pages give the history of the Company and details of 44 vessels which made up the fleet.

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Scottish Fishery Protection


Author: Graeme Somner                                                                          ISBN: n/a,     Ref: 0050,      Publication Date: August 1983                        Status: Out of Print

This monograph tells the story of the vessels which have been responsible for protecting the fishing industry in Scottish waters for the last hundred years.  Forty-five civilian-manned vessels are featured, ranging from an ex-Royal Navy sailing cutter to a modern and sophisticated twin-screw motor vessel capable of remaining at sea in all weather.  Also included are research vessels and even the dredgers which have been responsible for keeping open the channels to fishing harbours.  But "Scottish Fishery Protection" doesn't just deal with ships, it also recounts incidents, usually good-humoured, where the fishermen and fishery officers attempted to outwit each other in pursuit of their respective aims.  Includes 39 illustrations in its 56 pages.

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Scrap and Build


Author: D.C.E. Burrell,
ISBN: 0-905617-29-0,  Ref: 0053

An important and fascinating book for anyone interested in ships and shipping in the immediate pre-war years. It describes the attempts made by government to aid the depressed British shipping industry in the 1930s -- both the "Scrap and Build" scheme introduced in 1935 and the Shipping Loan scheme of 1939. There is much historical background to the schemes, an assessment of their success and much additional information in 10 appendices. A major part of "Scrap and Build" comprises full details and careers of ships built under the schemes, listed by owners, and details of the vessels scrapped -- many of which were bought for the purpose from overseas. There are also 70 photographs, many of considerable historical interest.

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SD 14: The Great British Shipbuilding Success Story


Author: John Lingwood                                                                           ISBN: 0 9500044 8 0,    Ref: 0022,     Publication Date:  August 1976         Status: Out of Print

1976 marks the 150th anniversary of Austin & Pickersgill Ltd., the designers and main builders of the vessels and it is therefore felt opportune to tell of this most successful period in the company's long existence.  To tell of the 'SD 14' therefore, is to tell not only of a rather unpretentious cargo ship design, dubbed 'Plain Jane' by the British popular press -- who to their credit, were quick to seize on the potential news value of the project -- but also of an equally unpretentious shipbuilding company and what must surely be the biggest success story of British shipbuilding this century, and one which has brought even greater fame to what was already one of the world's most important shipbuilding regions.

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Shamrock Shipping Company, The


Author:  W.J. Harvey,                                                                                 ISBN: 0 9543310 3 6     Ref: 0142,         Publication Date:  2004

This is a mainly coaster title -- well researched, company files opened, surprising business links, history, fleet list and present day ownership and part ownership. ', 'Thomas Jack was a multi faceted figure within the maritime fraternity of Larne. From 1888 he participated in collier owning, through numerous companies that, in 1897, united as Shamrock Shipping, and became associated with J. T. Duncan of Cardiff. Thomas Jack was also involved in yacht building and brokerage. David Dorman, in 1881, commenced business in the timber trades with sailing vessels, before withdrawing from the shipowning aspect through involvement with Glen & Company of Glasgow. In 1976, the Belfast based Dorman Timber Group rescued the struggling Shamrock Shipping Company and through that action returned to shipowning. This A4 - hard laminate colour cover volume, contains 128 pages of facts and figures, on both the aforementioned companies together with their fleets, totalling 94 vessels. Profusely illustrated with over 100 illustrations and photographs, this work gives an insight into the vagaries of the coal transportation and timber trades from the late 19th Century, through two World Wars, The Depression, a brief venture into deep sea shipping, onto the modern day coastal container and bulk trades, the latter continued today through the Dorman Family investment in several shipowning partnerships.

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Shipbuilding at Lytham, A History of


Author: Jack M. Dakres,
ISBN: 0-905617-71-1,  Ref: 0090

The first WSS publication devoted to a single shipbuilder looks at the history and output of a yard on the River Ribble which built an astonishing number and variety of small craft. In the 1860s, Richard Smith and Co. began building sailing ships, cargo steamers, tugs and yachts, mainly for British owners. In 1893 the yard became the Lytham Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. Ltd. and diversified even further, building coasters for the Irish Sea, sternwheelers for East and West Africa, river steamers for India and South America, tugs and lighters for practically everywhere. Wartime output included launches, minesweepers, a variety of tugs, water boats and landing craft. The yard had its own engine works, which supplied other builders. A History of Shipbuilding at Lytham traces the origins of the local shipbuilding industry, and describes how the Lytham yard developed, building itself a fine reputation for workmanship and delivery. There is background material on the South American and African industries whose development provided the yard with so many orders. Lytham's prolific output is listed, with details of all the many hundreds of ships known to have been built locally. Each entry gives yard number when known, name, type, original owner, launch and trials dates, principal dimensions and details of machinery. Photographs and illustrations of representative vessels and constructional scenes make this 144-page book a valuable contribution to the history of British shipbuilding.

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Ships of the East India Company

Now available in CD format

Author: Rowan Hackman,     ISBN: 0 905617 96 7,     Ref: 0130,           Publisher: World Ship Society, 2002,     Status: Out of Print

Rowan Hackman, who died in 2001, devoted many years to researching the ships owned by the Honourable East India Company, and this book is the fruit of his work.  In 344 A5 pages it lists many thousands of ships, giving for each name, rig, major dimensions, builder, owner, a list with dates of voyages in East India service, and details of her fate where known. 

Ships are listed in the following sections: major ships 1600-1708, major ships of the united company 1708-1834, ships chartered 1708-1834, 'interlopers', company warships and pilot vessels.  There is a brief chronology of the main events in the company's history and a full bibliography.  The book includes three reproductions of contemporary illustrations, but essentially is a reference work.   

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Ships of the Royal Navy: A Supp. to Historical Index


Author: J.J. Colledge,
ISBN: 0-905617-40-1,    Ref: 0005,      Publication Date: 1986

"Ships of the Royal Navy", by J.J. Colledge published in 1969 (by David & Charles) was a major work cataloguing all known ships of the Royal Navy. Since its publication however, some 500 ships have been disposed of, 300 new vessels have been added to the fleet and much new information has come to light on earlier ships. This new, 68-page booklet updates the work to 1986 and offers many amendments which have resulted from continuing research.

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Short Sea: Long War (Cross-Channel Ships' Naval & Military Service in WWII)


Author: John de S. Winser,
ISBN: 0-905617-86-X,  Ref: 0108

In its 160 pages, Short Sea: Long War tells the comprehensive World War II story of the Belgian, Dutch and French cross-Channel ships, as well as those of Britain's railways, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company and Coast Lines' Liverpool and Glasgow fleets. This is the story of 119 merchant vessels, switched from peacetime short sea crossings to diverse naval and military roles during the long war years. The book describes the extraordinary variety of duties these ships performed: they served in more than 40 different roles from blockships to depot ships, as minelayers and netlayers, for helicopter training and radar training, from balloon carrying to landing craft carrying, convoy escorting to convoy rescuing. The book outlines the operations involved, few British amphibious operations in World War II were without some cross-channel ship involvement. The book gives the overall view in clear narrative form, then zooms in with graphic detail on specific events. It contains 132 illustrations, the majority unpublished previously.

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Sloops 1926-1946


Author: Arnold Hague,
ISBN: 0-905617-67-3,  Ref: 0091

This third book in the WSS series on British destroyer and escort types in World War II gives the background to the first sloop design post-1918, and the subsequent development of the type up to 1939, with an explanation of the thinking behind the resultant ships. The later developments, in the "Modified Black Swans", and the wartime modifications to the pre-war types are fully covered. This detailed review is accompanied by individual ship histories for all 71 units built for the Royal Navy, Royal Australian and Royal Indian Navies, 124 pages in total forming a comprehensive description of these important ships. The text is supported by 153 photographs, many published for the first time, and illustrating the numerous changes effected during the ships' lives. Included in the text are a number of tables: lists of lady sponsors at launching, ultimate fates and disposals, pennant numbers and a list of submarine sinkings updated from the latest MOD (Navy) research.

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Soviet Passenger Ships 1917-1977


Author: E.A. Wilson                                                                                ISBN: 0 905617 04 5,   Ref: 0028,       Publication Date: March 1978       Status: Out of Print

In 60 years an enormous variety of passenger liners have sailed under the Hammer and Sickle, including ships inherited from the Tsarist fleet, Second World War prizes, ships seized during the Spanish Civil War as well as new and second-hand ships from all over the world.  The Society's publication lists them all, for the first time in any single work, with full details of builders, dimensions, tonnage, machinery, passenger capacity, previous names, careers and -- where known -- fates.  Over 130 photographs -- many exceedingly rare -- illustrate this fascinating fleet of ships.

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Stag Line (and Joseph Robinson and Sons)


Author: Nicholas J. Robinson                                                                    ISBN: 0 905617 30 4,    Ref:  0054,    Publication Date: March 1984                Status: Out of Print

The family company of the Society's President, Stag Line is a particularly appropriate choice for this publication.  It tells how the Robinson family entered shipowning in 1817, and slowly built up their fleet -- buying their first steamer in 1871.  The story of the Line is taken up to March 1983 when, after various sales and take-overs, the sale of the BEGONIA meant the end of a well-known fleet.  "Stag Line 1817-1983" tells how losses in both World Wars were replaced, includes much interesting material on individual ships -- including the circumstances following the loss of the IXIA in 1929, and the conversion of the PHOTINIA to a cable-layer.  Also included is a table showing how the speed, power and fuel consumption of the line's ships have changed over the years.  A detailed fleet list covering 86 owned and managed ships is complemented by 58 photographs.

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Stena


Author: W J Harvey,
ISBN: 0-9543310-7-9,    Ref: 0149,    Publication Date: 2006

Overshadowed by the outbreak of the Second World War, Sten A. Olsson in 1939, established a trading company in Gothenburg and in doing so, laid the foundations for today’s multi-faceted, international trading group, with a diverse portfolio ranging from metals recovery, property, diagnostics, through to ship design, ownership, management, chartering – both in and out, these activities covering cargo vessels, tankers, oil rigs and ferries. Sten diversified into ship owning in 1946 when he purchased an old whaler, converted her into a cargo vessel named DAN after his son, now Chief Executive of the Stena Group, which over the past 15-years has enjoyed a rapid growth in both size and strength, achieved through acquisition of other companies, such as Sealink-British Ferries, Sweferry Ab, and Universe Tankships, together with a carefully structured development of core activities, controlled from Sweden, the U.K. and U.S.A. At the request of, and with assistance from the Stena Executive’s representative, this 256 page, A4 book with laminated colour, hard cover, has been produced to commemorate their achieving sixty-years in the shipping business, and is illustrated with 325 monochrome and 54 colour images. It has been designed as four chronological-books within one, rather than our normal single chronological fleet. An overview of the Stena Group development, leads the reader into part one which provides an introductory narrative about the dry-cargo operation, followed by that fleet. Part two, similarly laid out, covers tanker operations and that fleet, part three ferry operations and finally, part four covers the offshore oil industry activities, and is followed by a comprehensive index and a 16-page colour photograph section. Of the fleets, including vessels under construction or on order, there are no less than 420 vessels detailed, of which over 270 were owned, 130 chartered or either commercially or technically managed through Stena subsidiaries – Swedish Caledonian, now Northern Marine Management, and the remainder part-owned through associated companies.


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Stena 1939-1989 (hardback)


Author: W.J. Harvey,
World Ship Society Publication No.: A ISBN: 91-85786-41-1,

The book, which is hardback 10 x 8 format, contains over 150 pages and is well illustrated throughout in both black and white and colour. It is divided into two sections, the first details the development of the Group from its origins in 1939 as a trading company, through its first shipowning experience in 1946 to the integrated shipping and trading group of today. The second part of the book deals with nearly 300 ship identities (allowing for re-namings) in the usual Society format. Although it should be stressed that this is not a World Ship Society publication, a considerable amount of the book was completed and researched by Society member Bill Harvey in conjunction with the Company.

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Stephens, Sutton Limited


Author: John Lingwood, Leonard Gray                                                       ISBN: n/a,      Ref: 0051,       Publication Date: August 1983                            Status: Out of Print

Monograph No. 8 charts the rise and fall of one of Newcastle's most important tramping companies.  The history of Stephens, Sutton Limited is traced from 1874 through many changes of name and fortune to 1968 when its remaining ships were sold. In this period they owned or managed 88 ships, including six tankers and all are fully detailed and 31 illustrated in this 68-page Monograph.

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Stephenson Clarke: A brief chronology and history of the ships owned and managed for associated companies


Author: Craig J.M. Carter                                                                        ISBN: 0 905617 17 7,      Ref: 0040,    Publication Date: August 1981            Status: Out of Print

Stephenson Clarke is one of -- if not the -- oldest British shipping companies.  Happily they are still very much alive and well, and their silver-banded funnels are as familiar as ever both in their traditional East Coast coal trade and in other bulk trades.  This 62-page book provides a brief chronology of the company's development since 1730 and details of all the powered vessels owned by Stephenson Clarke and associated companies between 1865 and 1981.  In all, 168 ships are dealt with and 108 illustrated.

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Thistle Boats, The (The Albyn Line Story)


Author: D.C.E. Burrell                                                                             ISBN: 0 905617 43 6,    Ref: 0068,   Publication Date: September 1987         Status: Out of Print

The story of the Albyn Line, a twentieth century tramp shipping company.  72 pages.  75 photographs.  28 ships. ', 'This account of the Albyn Line Ltd. of Sunderland, whose small fleet carried "THISTLE ..." names, offers a detailed insight and assessment of the operations of a typical 20th century tramping company.  It draws extensively on company records and memories of employees to consider in detail the ships, men and trades of the fleet, until it was sold in 1966.  Extensive appendices include financial summaries, origins of ships' names and details of six years trading by the THISTLEROY (1960-1966) with her ports of call, cargoes, casualties, charterers and rates.  There are 75 photographs plus a full colour frontispiece of the THISTLEBRAE painted by Laurence Dunn.

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Thomas Watson


Author: K.S. Garrett                                                                               ISBN:  0 905617 84 3,     Ref: 0134,         Publication Date: July 2002

Most enthusiasts will know Thomas Watson (Shipping) Ltd. for their fleet of coasters and larger vessels with 'Lady' names and interesting histories -- most of them were bought second-hand.  But there is much more to this Rochester-based company.  As well as their 39 coasters, they owned 55 sailing barges, which became familiar along the Medway and the Thames.  Dutch coasters were also managed during the Second World War, and the book also includes full details of the 37 sailing barges built by Edmund G. Watson.  This escellent book is from an author who knows the area and its shipowners well, and tells how the Watson and Bradley families built up the business, through their intimate acquaintance with local commerce and industry.  Indedde, it takes the story to its finale, as Thomas Watson (Shipping) Ltd. closed down in 2000 in the face of a further downturn in the market for their type of ships.  The book serves as a memorial to a small but well-run company.  With 96 quarto-size pages, "Thomas Watson" includes details of some 136 vessels, with illustrations of all the steam and motor vessels, and many of the sailing vessels. 96 pages. 7¼ inches x 9½ inches. Softcover.

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Towns, The


Author: Arnold Hague,
ISBN: 0-905617-48-7,  Ref: 0073

The story of the 50 Destroyers transferred from the United States to Great Britain in 1940, giving constructional details of the modifications made to suit them for British and Canadian service and, for each ship, her war history. 92 pages. 108 photographs, many never previously published, and a fold-out outline arrangement drawing.

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Trades Increase, The: A Centenary History of Norex, plc (founded in 1893 as the 'Hindustan' Steam Shipping Company Limited, managed by Common Brothers


Author: John Lingwood, Kevin O'Donoghue
ISBN: 0-905617-74-6,  Ref: 0093

The ships and companies managed by Common Brothers and their successors are the subject of the latest Society history of a major shipping company. Formed in 1893, the Hindustan Steam Shipping Co. Ltd. was the first of a number of tramping companies whose success meant that managers Common Brothers developed into one of Britain's major shipping companies. After the Second World War, Common Brothers became involved in the liner trades through the Australia China Line, and amanged a considerable fleet of tankers and ore carriers. Efforts to enter the Ro-Ro and cruise ship trades were fraught with difficulty, however, and resulted in control passing to the Norwegian Norex Corporation, although the Common family are still involved. The 200 pages of the "Trades Increase" tell the fascinating story of the company's ups and downs and in the usual W.S.S. fashion give full details of around 170 owned and managed ships, most of which are illustrated.

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Turnbull, Scott & Company


Author: H.S. Appleyard                                                                           ISBN: 0 905617 07 X,    Ref: 0031,   Publication Date:  March 1979

From the steam tramp HIGHGATE to the bulker TRONGATE, the Turnbull, Scott story spans almost 100 years and almost 100 ships.  This book gives full details of every ship owned or managed by Turnbull, Scott and their associates, including the Redgate S.S. Co. Ltd., Park Steamships Ltd., and Whitehall Shipping Co., Ltd. In addition there is an outline of the company's history, a list of derivations of the ships' names and an interesting comparison of the building costs of the two HIGHGATES, 90 years apart.  "Turnbull, Scott & Company" is extensively illustrated with 80 photographs of ships, and drawings of the flags and funnels used by the company and its associates.

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Type 35 Torpedoboats of the Kriegsmarine, The


Author: M.J. Witley,
ISBN: 0-905617-39-8,  Ref: 0063

'Discusses the design and operation of this class of vessel, built for the German Navy in the late 1930's.  24 pages.  13 photographs.  12 ships.', 'In this 24-page booklet the author traces the design considerations of the Type 35s and details the careers of the 12 ships involved.  They were lightly-built sea-going craft of about 860 metric tonnes displacement powered by high-pressure steam turbines which gave them a speed of 35 knots.  War circumstances prevented their employment in the designed role, with the result that much of their service was as escort vessels.  They did, however, perform well as minelayers and in this role carried 60 mines.  Details are given of the ships' war-time activities and the various engagements in which they were involved.  There are 13 half-tone illustrations of Type 35s at various stages of the war, showing the changes in armament and different styles of painting and camouflage.  The centrespread is an elevation and plan showing the original design and the work is completed by a table giving details of builders, dates and fates.


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W.S. Kennaugh & Co., The History of, and the West Coast Shipping Co., Ltd.


Author: R.S. Fenton                                                                               ISBN: n/a,       Ref: 0033,  Publication Date: November 1979                         Status: Out of Print

W.S. Kennaugh & Co. achieved for themselves an enviable reputation during the heyday of the steam coaster.  This Monograph traces the history of the company from its early days in Whitehaven through a move to Liverpool and the foundation of the West Coast Sg. Co., Ltd to 1959 when the company gave up its unequal struggle against the motor coaster.  Kennaugh\'s \'Forces\'  were renowned for the care with which they were maintained and their longevity -- one survived for 82 years whilst another is still afloat at over 70.  All are fully detailed -- 20 steams, four deep-water sailing ships and three managed ships, and all but three are illustrated.  The battle between a U-boat and the Q-ship STRIKE FORCE is the subject of one appendix, whilst another deals with the derivation of the ships\' names.

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Warships for Export - Armstrong Warships 1867-1927


Author: Dr. Peter Brook,
ISBN: 0-905617-89-4,  Ref: 0116

The latest of the WSS warship monographs deals not with a single class or type of ship but with the products of a single shipbuilder, Armstrongs. In the Pre-Dreadnought and Dreadnought eras Armstrong's were warship builders to the world supplying most smaller navies and some major ones with battleships and armoured cruisers, submarines and a few destroyers and torpedo craft. In many cases Armstrong's designers were untrammelled by demands from naval staffs, and showed what the naval architect could produce when allowed his head. The book contains design and in-service histories of each ship built, from the Rendel gunboats of the 1860s and 1870s to the armoured gunboat for Thailand and the submarine for Yugoslavia completed in the 1920s, besides details of the many unbuilt designs, particularly the Dreadnoughts offered to South American and smaller European navies in the years of the great arms race before the Kaiser War. There is also a history of the firm and biographical details of the Chief Designers. A softback book of 243 pages, it is fully illustrated with 160 photographs (some never published before) of every ship plus 93 line drawings, 73 of which were drawn by Ian Sturton. The latter include drawings of the unbuilt designs as well as a table of Armstrong guns and a full bibliography and index.

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Warships for the Royal Navy 1939-1945 (working title)

Author: George Moore,
World Ship Society Publication No.: 129 ISBN: ,
Category: New Status: not yet published

no description yet available

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Warships Supplement Index  (Editions 1 to 100)


Author: Roger Nailor,
ISBN:         n/a,            Ref:  9300,              Publication Date: August 1990       Status: Available

Following the publication of the 100th issue of "Warships Supplement", Roger Nailor prepared this comprehensive Index to issues Nos. 1 to 100. With over 2,000 headings, this 55-page booklet is produced in the same size and style as the Supplements. Since the Supplements date back to 1966, their value as a work of reference will be much enhanced by the availability of this index

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West Hartlepool Steam Navigation Company Limited, The: and Talisman Trawlers Limited


Author: B.G. Spaldin, H.S. Appleyard                                                        ISBN: n/a                   Ref: 0036,     Publication Date: December 1980               Status: Out of Print

The West Hartlepool S.N. Co. Ltd. has been in existence for over 120 years in a variety of ownerships, although still maintaining its independence.  The company currently operates two SD14s suitable for both the liner and tramp trades, and indeed the company\'s history has been bound up with both types of operation.  It first operated a liner service to North European ports, adding tramping to its activities in 1879.  In 1902 a joint service to the Persian Gulf was started with Bucknall and Strick, whilst the company\'s most recent venture has been into trawling with its subsidiary Talisman Trawlers Ltd.  The 99 cargo ships and 28 trawlers involved in these ventures are fully detailed in this 56-page book, and 68 are illustrated.  Also included is a brief history of the company.

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Weston Shipping


Author: Ken S. Garrett,
ISBN: 0 905617 90 8,  Ref: 0118

For the relatively few years of its existence as a shipping company, Weston Shipping exerted a considerable influence on the U.K. and near continental coastal trades. Conceived as a means of ensuring supplies of grain to the mills of the partent company, Associated British Foods, the fleet became an expensive luxury when freight rates declined and the U.K. became a net exporter of wheat. The good looking ships will be remembered for their attractive livery and the Sunblest funnel motif. "Weston Shipping" is published in A5 softback format and contains 48 pages plus 4 pages of colour photographs of representative ships. Full details are provided of 19 ships, 2 sailing barges and 6 canal craft. There is at least one photograph of each ship and sometimes more.

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Wilh. Wilhelmsen 1861-1961: The Firm and the Fleet


Author: A.L. Bland, Michael Crowdy                                                         ISBN:  n/a,              Ref: 0008,    Publication Date: October 1961

A 76-page booklet issued to all WSS members of the day.  Company history and fleetlist.

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Wilh. Wilhelmsen 1861-1977: A Brief History and a Fleet List


Author: Michael Crowdy, J.P. Syse, Asti Howells                                          ISBN: 0 905617 05 3,    Ref: 0029,   Publication Date: March 1978            Status: Out of Print

Since the Centenary edition of this fleet history in 1961 over eighty ships have been added to the Wilhelmsen fleet and innumerable changes have taken place with ships which were detailed then.  All these additions and alterations, and an almost entirely new selection of pictures, are included in this new edition.

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Wilh. Wilhelmsen History and Fleet LIst -- 1861-1994 (hardback)


Author: Bård Kolltveit, Michael Crowdy
ISBN: 0-905617-73-8,   Ref:  0095,   Publication Date: 1994

The 133-year history of one of Norway's major shipping companies. Details of 394 ships from sailing ships through steam and motor freighters to tankers, bulk and container carriers, ro-ro vessels and off-shore support ships. A5, 320 photographs.

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William Sloan & Co. Ltd., Glasgow: 1825-1968


Author: G.E. Langmuir,G.H. Somner
ISBN: 0-905617-42-8,   Ref: 0065,              Publication Date: January 1987    Status: Out of Print

William Sloan and Co. Ltd. was best known for its passenger and cargo service between Glasgow, Belfast and the Bristol Channel. This book outlines the history of the company, from its early days transporting chemicals between Glasgow and Hull, Newcastle and London, through the introduction of steamers and the changes that took place over the years on the Bristol Channel service until the final voyage in 1968. During its 143 years the company was served by 22 sailing and 36 powered vessels, and all are fully detailed. There are 23 photographs and the cover depicts the house flags and funnel colours used over the years.

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Reprint

Author: G.E. Langmuir, G.H. Somner                                                         ISBN: 0 905617 42 8,     Ref: 0067,   Publication Date: March 1987                 Status: Out of Print

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Wilson Line


Author: John Harrower,     ISBN: 0-905617-72-X,     Ref: 0114

Superlatives surround Wilson Line: the largest privately-owned shipping company, Hull's biggest enterprise, and a company which largely kept its identity for 140 years. Thos. Wilson, Sons and Co. Ltd. could trace its history as shipowners from 1830. Bought by John Ellerman in 1917, the company became Ellerman's Wilson Line but retained a high degree of autonomy, keeping its distinctive colour and naming schemes, routes and management in Hull. The WSS book is something of a record breaker, too, having been on the stocks for a number of years. But it has been well worth the wait for this A4-sized, 216-page hardback. A detailed and very readable history of the company is followed by full details and careers of 365 owned vessels. These range from tugs, through many short-sea cargo and passenger ships and deep-sea cargo liners, to ro-ro and container carriers, the majority of which are illustrated. The 69 managed ships are even more diverse, including a number of Scandinavian and Russian ships managed during wartime. To complete the work are the ships of the Wilsons and North Eastern Railway Shipping Co. Ltd. and a full index of names. There are coloured endpapers with illustrations of seven flags and funnels including those of the major companies taken over, and an attractive full-colour dust jacket. Wilson Line was a major part of the British merchant navy, and in Wilson Line it at last has a history which does it full justice.

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Wm. Cory Fleet: One Hundred Years


Author:                                                                                                    ISBN: n/a,     Ref: 0004,    Publication Date: June 1960                             Status: Out of Print

A 14-page booklet issued to all WSS members of the day.  Short history and fleetlist. Marks the Company Centenary.

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This is the end of our listing of World Ship Society books published over the past 60 years.  If you know of any publications that should be listed above, please send the details to webmaster@worldshipsociety.org (please include the words "Website entry" in the Subject Line).

The following is a list of other publications produced by or on behalf of the World Ship Society.  These include various Registers, Special group publications, Branch books or newsletters, Annual Indices and lists.  The entires following may be available for purchase, but must be bought through the source mentioned and not through our Central Book Orders Department.  For a listing of current WSS books for sale, please go to the section on the left marked "WSS Books Available".


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Marine News: The Ship Index 

This is a sample of the booklet prepared for each year of indices for the World Ship Society's monthly Marine News magazine.

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".  Each year's edition is sold separately from the current compiler, George Robinson.  These Indices are not available through our Central Book Orders Department -- only direct from Mr. Robinson. 

The price remains the same at £3.25, or €5 or 8 IRC per copy post free. Please make your remittance payable to "G. Robinson", (not to the WSS). The Index Converts your Marine News into a valuable work of reference for future years.  Indices for years 1949-2007 are available. 

A Central ordering system now operates through George Robinson, Southwood Cottage, 79 Southwood Road, Cottingham, East Yorkshire, HU16 5AJ, United Kingdom, covering the two earlier series produced by the late Roy Griffin (1971-1995) and Cliff Parsons (1949-1970).  Arrangements are in place to credit the Society with the net proceeds from the Parsons and Griffin series, after reproduction and postage costs.  Some of the older indices may be supplied in A4 format, due to increasing problems in reproducing from the booklet masters.

Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1947, Vol. 1

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9047, ISBN: n/a,
MemberPrice: £2.75, Regular Price:
Category: Stock Status: available

Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1948, Vol. 2

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9048,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Stock Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1949, Vol. 3

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9049, : ISBN: n/a,
Category: Stock Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1950, Vol. 4

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No.: 9050, ISBN: n/a,
Category: Stock Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1951, Vol. 5

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9051,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Stock Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1952, Vol. 6

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9052, ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1953, Vol. 7

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9053,   ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1954, Vol. 8

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9054,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1955, Vol. 9

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9055,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1956, Vol. 10

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9056,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1957, Vol. 11

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9057,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1958, Vol. 12

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9058,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1959, Vol. 13

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9059,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1960, Vol. 14

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9060,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1961, Vol. 15

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9061,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1962, Vol. 16

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9062,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1963, Vol. 17

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9063,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1964, Vol. 18

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9064,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1965, Vol. 19

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9065,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1966, Vol. 20

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9066,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1967, Vol. 21

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9067,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1968, Vol. 22

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9068,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1969, Vol. 23

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9069,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1970, Vol. 24

Author: Cliff Parsons,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9070,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1971, Vol. 25

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9071,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1972, Vol. 26

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9072,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1973, Vol. 27

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9073,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1974, Vol. 28

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9074,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1975, Vol. 29

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9075,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1976, Vol. 30

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9076,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1977, Vol. 31

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9077,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1978, Vol. 32

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9078,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1979, Vol. 33

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9079,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1980, Vol. 34

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9080,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1981, Vol. 35

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9081,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1982, Vol. 36

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9082,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1983, Vol. 37

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9083,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1984, Vol. 38

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9084,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1985, Vol. 39

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9085,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1986, Vol. 40

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9086,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1987, Vol. 41

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9087,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1988, Vol. 42

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9088,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1989, Vol. 43

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9089,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1990, Vol. 44

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9090,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1991, Vol. 45

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9091,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1992, Vol. 46

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9092,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1993, Vol. 47

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9093,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1994, Vol. 48

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9094,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1995, Vol. 49

Author: Roy Griffin,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9095,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's edition of "Marine News".


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1996, Vol. 50 - Merchant / Naval

Author: George Robinson,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9096,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's editions of "Marine News". The Index is split into separate merchant and naval sections.


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1997, Vol. 51 - Merchant / Naval

Author: George Robinson,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9097,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's editions of "Marine News". The Index is split into separate merchant and naval sections.


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1998, Vol. 52 - Merchant / Naval

Author: George Robinson,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9098,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's editions of "Marine News". The Index is split into separate merchant and naval sections.


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 1999, Vol. 53 - Merchant / Naval

Author: George Robinson,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9099,  ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's editions of "Marine News". The Index is split into separate merchant and naval sections.


Marine News: The Ship Index -- 2000, Vol. 54 - Merchant / Naval

Author: George Robinson,
World Ship Society Publication No: 9000,   ISBN: n/a,
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Author: George Robinson,                                                                        World Ship Society Publication No: 9001,   ISBN:  n/a                             Category: Other Pub       Status: available

Marine News: The Ship Index -- 2001, Vol. 55 - Merchant / Naval

Author: George Robinson,                                                                        World Ship Society Publication No: 9001,   ISBN:  n/a                             Category: Other Pub       Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's editions of "Marine News". The Index is split into separate merchant and naval sections.

Marine News: The Ship Index -- 2002, Vol. 56 - Merchant / Naval

Author: George Robinson,                                                                        World Ship Society Publication No: 9002,   ISBN:  n/a                             Category: Other Pub       Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's editions of "Marine News". The Index is split into separate merchant and naval sections.

Marine News: The Ship Index -- 2003, Vol. 57 - Merchant / Naval

Author: George Robinson,                                                                        World Ship Society Publication No: 9003,   ISBN:  n/a                             Category: Other Pub       Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's editions of "Marine News". The Index is split into separate merchant and naval sections.

Marine News: The Ship Index -- 2004, Vol. 58 - Merchant / Naval

Author: George Robinson,                                                                        World Ship Society Publication No: 9004,   ISBN:  n/a                             Category: Other Pub       Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's editions of "Marine News". The Index is split into separate merchant and naval sections.

Marine News: The Ship Index -- 2005, Vol. 59 - Merchant / Naval

Author: George Robinson,                                                                        World Ship Society Publication No: 9005,   ISBN:  n/a                             Category: Other Pub       Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's editions of "Marine News". The Index is split into separate merchant and naval sections.

Marine News: The Ship Index -- 2006, Vol. 60 - Merchant / Naval

Author: George Robinson,                                                                        World Ship Society Publication No: 9006,   ISBN:  n/a                             Category: Other Pub       Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's editions of "Marine News". The Index is split into separate merchant and naval sections.

Marine News: The Ship Index -- 2007, Vol. 61 - Merchant / Naval

Author: George Robinson,                                                                        World Ship Society Publication No: 9007,   ISBN:  n/a                             Category: Other Pub       Status: available

Index of 'ship names' included in this year's editions of "Marine News". The Index is split into separate merchant and naval sections.


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Register of Merchant Ships 1890 -- reprint

Author: William Schell,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available




Register of Merchant Ships 1891 -- reprint

Author: William Schell,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1890"


Register of Merchant Ships 1892 -- reprint

Author: William Schell,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1890"


Register of Merchant Ships 1893 -- reprint

Author: William Schell,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1890"


Register of Merchant Ships 1894 -- reprint

Author: William Schell,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1890"


Register of Merchant Ships 1900 -- reprint

Author: William Schell,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1890"


Register of Merchant Ships 1901 -- reprint

Author: William Schell,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1890"


Register of Merchant Ships 1902 -- reprint

Author: William Schell,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1890"


Register of Merchant Ships 1903 -- reprint

Author: William Schell,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1890"


Register of Merchant Ships 1912 -- reprint

Author: William Schell,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1890"


Register of Merchant Ships 1913 -- reprint

Author: William Schell,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1890"


Register of Merchant Ships 1914 -- reprint

Author: William Schell,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1890"


Register of Merchant Ships 1915 -- reprint

Author: William Schell,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1890"


Register of Merchant Ships 1916 -- reprint

Author: William Schell,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1890"


Register of Merchant Ships 1917 -- reprint

Author: William Schell,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1890"


Register of Merchant Ships 1918 -- reprint -- VOLUME 1

Author: William Schell,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1890" / This year is split into two separate issues, Volume 1 & Volume 2


Register of Merchant Ships 1918 -- reprint -- VOLUME 2

Author: William Schell,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1890" / This year is split into two separate issues, Volume 1 & Volume 2


Register of Merchant Ships 1919 -- reprint -- VOLUME 1

Author: William Schell,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1890" / This year is split into two separate issues, Volume 1 & Volume 2


Register of Merchant Ships 1919 -- reprint -- VOLUME 2

Author: William Schell,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1890" / This year is split into two separate issues, Volume 1 & Volume 2


Register of Merchant Ships 1920

Author: William Schell,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1890" / This year is split into two separate issues, Volume 1 & Volume 2


Register of Merchant Ships 1949

Author: Tony Starke,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

These are photo-copies using high-quality laser-printed originals and are presented as A4 booklets with card backs and acetate fronts which are bound with 'slip on' binders. Each register from the 1949 to the 1982 issue gives details of ships completed in a given year. The registers are an invaluable source of information on ships' histories, are widely used and greatly valued by researchers. Every sea-going ship of over 1000 tons gross is covered. Each includes an index of subsequent names but no photos are included. The number of pages varies from year to year but price remains the same.


Register of Merchant Ships 1950

Author: Tony Starke,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1949"


Register of Merchant Ships 1951

Author: Tony Starke,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1949"


Register of Merchant Ships 1952

Author: Tony Starke,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1949"


Register of Merchant Ships 1953

Author: Tony Starke,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1949"


Register of Merchant Ships 1954

Author: Tony Starke,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1949"


Register of Merchant Ships 1955

Author: Tony Starke,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1949"


Register of Merchant Ships 1956

Author: Tony Starke,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1949"


Register of Merchant Ships 1957

Author: Tony Starke,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1949"


Register of Merchant Ships 1958

Author: Tony Starke,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1949"


Register of Merchant Ships 1959

Author: Tony Starke,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1949"


Register of Merchant Ships 1960

Author: Tony Starke,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1949"


Register of Merchant Ships 1961

Author: Tony Starke,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1949"


Register of Merchant Ships 1962

Author: Tony Starke,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1949"


Register of Merchant Ships 1972

Author: Tony Starke,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1949"


Register of Merchant Ships 1976

Author: Tony Starke,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1949"


Register of Merchant Ships 1977

Author: Tony Starke,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1949"


Register of Merchant Ships 1982

Author: Tony Starke,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1949"


Register of Merchant Ships 1983

Author: Tony Starke,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: £8+£2, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

same details as covered under "1949"

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Shipbuilders' Yard Lists Catalogue

Author: Capt. Landels,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: s.s.a.e., Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Hundreds of different yard lists available. Write for details.


Shipbuilders' Yard Lists Supp. #06

Author: various,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: 10p/p+, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Hundreds of different yard lists available. Write for details.


Shipbuilders' Yard Lists Supp. #07

Author: various,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: 10p/p+, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Hundreds of different yard lists available. Write for details.


Shipbuilders' Yard Lists Supp. #08

Author: various,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: 10p/p+, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Hundreds of different yard lists available. Write for details.


Shipbuilders' Yard Lists Supp. #09

Author: various,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: 10p/p+, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Hundreds of different yard lists available. Write for details.


Shipbuilders' Yard Lists Supp. #10

Author: various,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: 10p/p+, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Hundreds of different yard lists available. Write for details.


Shipbuilders' Yard Lists Supp. #11

Author: various,
World Ship Society Publication No.: ISBN: ,
MemberPrice: 10p/p+, Regular Price:
Category: Other Pub Status: available

Hundreds of different yard lists available. Write for details.

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Warships magazine

Warships is an optional subscription based publication available to anyone who has a keen interest in world naval affairs.  The magazine is published three times a year and is available at a cost of £12 + postage surcharge of £1 (if mailed to a UK address) or £2 (if mailed to other than a UK address).

There are (as of July 2008) 158 editions in this series, which started off life known as the Warships Supplement.  For the past few years, the name was shortened to just Warships.

Back issues of many editions of Warships are available from the Business Manager, but at this time there are no plans to digitise the back copies -- only paper copies are available.