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The transformation in shipping that took place during the Victorian and Edwardian eras did not happen in splendid isolation, but as a result of economic, political and social influences both at home and abroad. The first section of this book looks at the Royal Navy, then the most powerful in the world, even if it was not always in the vanguard when it came to change and technical innovation. The remaining chapters of the book focus on cross-channel packets, excursion steamers and inshore craft, as well as visiting a selection of ports and harbours, ranging from the tiny fishing village of Polperro and the china clay ports of Fowey and Charlestown, to major shipping centres like Liverpool, Bristol, and Barry and the Manchester Ship Canal. This fascinating book, packed with archive photographs from The Francis Frith Collection with detailed and informative captions, will provide hours of enjoyable reading to anyone with a love of the sea and an interest in our maritime history.

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  • 144 pages
  • ISBN 978-1-85937-622-5
  • Printed to order
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A Frith photo print

These books include a voucher for a free Frith Photo Print. Turn to the back of your Frith book and find a voucher for a free mounted print of a Frith photo of your choice. Simply choose any photo from the book, return the completed voucher with a small payment for P&P. We will then print it in sepia and mount it for you in our Medium Standard mount.

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Add a dedication to the title page

Add a personal dedication to the title page - free of charge. Most of our books are printed individually to order. You can add a personal message when you buy that will be printed on the title page at no extra cost, making our books a great gift or keepsake. This is a great option for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and leaving or retirement.

" I ordered a book with a personalised touch (from my youngest kids to their grandma). Having the option to personalise is one of the reasons I bought it. It was promptly delivered, no fuss, no delays. An absolutely beautiful pictorial historical account of my Mum's home town, which I am sure she will be delighted with.

Thank you very much Francis Frith."

Michael Berryman