“Mariner’s Memorabilia. Volume 2”

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

In the last few months Coastal Shipping Publications published already three volumes in a series of four entitled ‘Mariner’s Memorabilia. A guide to British Shipping Company China of the 19th and 20th Centuries’. All volumes are written by Peter Laister.

This book illustrates examples of china and crockery used on board British merchant ships and covers the period from the beginning of the 19th century to the end of the 20th century. It gives brief historical details of the companies themselves, and the trades in which they were involved. Information about identifying patterns of china and details of the manufacturers, are included. It also covers the difficulty of identification of china that is only marked with a monogram, initials, or a house flag.

A total of 115 companies are dealt with individually and, in total , 495 companies are mentioned in the comprehensive index. These companies were so important to the lifeblood of the United Kingdom and traded to all parts of the world. Sadly, with one or two rare exceptions, they now remain only in memory.

Whilst the name “British” forms part of the title, the book also includes shipping companies that were owned in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, these companies being of great importance to, what used to be the British Empire.

Both the author and his wife are ex. seafarers and met on the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company’s vessel, “STIRLING CASTLE”, on the weekly mail service from Southampton to Cape Town in the 1950’s, when he was a Deck Officer and she, a Children’s Hostess.

The books offer a nostalgic inside view in British Merchant Shipping in the glory days gone by! Like all books issued by Coastal Shipping Publications, value for money!

“Mariner’s Memorabilia. Volume 2” (ISBN 0-9554058-1-5) is a softback book, lavishly illustrated. The price is £12.00 plus £1.70 UK postage and £5.00 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, , e-mail: . Alternatively it can be purchased at all good bookshops.




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