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The Burns and Laird Family Interests in the Formation of Coast Line


B O O K R E V I E W by : Frank NEYTS


Recently Coastal Shipping Publications published the very long titled “The Burns and Laird Family Interests in the Formation of Coast Lines”, written by Nick Robins and Malcolm McRonald. Coast Lines was for a time one of the great success stories of British shipping. Focussing on the coastal liner trades, the group dominated its chosen sector of business more successfully than almost any other shipping company in the United Kingdom. But it is also one of the great untold stories of the shipping industry. This book is the third in the trilogy examining the companies from which Coast Lines emerged. The influence of the Burns and Laird families was huge as passenger travel on coastal vessels grew rapidly in the late Victorian era. Nick Robins and Malcolm McRonald have once again been able to reconstruct a vital part of the prehistory of Coast Lines, and to compile a superb collection of photographs of the ships involved. The two authors have left few stones unturned.

The Burns and Laird Family Interests in the Formation of Coast Lines” (ISBN 978-1-902953-90-8) is a hardback book of 136 pages, lavishly illustrated. The price is £16 plus £1.50 UK postage and £3.00 overseas postage. Ordering via all good bookshops, or directly via the publisher, Coastal Shipping, 400 Nore Road, Portishead, Bristol BS20 8EZ, UK. Tel/Fax: +44(0)1275.846178, www.coastalshipping.co.uk , e-mail: Bernard@coastalshipping.co.uk .

 

 

 

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