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Stenlake Publishing - The Pleasures of the Firth – Two Hundred Years of Clyde Steamers, 1812 – 2012

Pleasures of the Firth Two Hundred Years of the Clyde Steamers

Author : Andrew Clark
ISBN : 9781840335859
Cover : hardback
Price : £40.00

In August of 1812, the Clyde's first steamer was launched. Named 'The Comet' after a meteor that had caused quite a stir the previous year, she boasted a tall narrow funnel that doubled as a mast when required! This book celebrates a notable era on the river Clyde. Before the Comet, transport on the Clyde was by sail-boat and the trip from the Broomielaw to Helensburgh could take 5 or 6 hours if wind and tide were favourable but a couple of days if conditions were poor. In a time when pleasure traffic on the river seems to have all but disappeared, this is a much anticipated, detailed and beautifully photographed history of these iconic and much loved vessels. Pleasures of the Firth is set to become the most comprehensive study published of the steamers and ferries that have plied the Clyde from the earliest days of steam navigation in 1812. With over 450 illustrations and an exhaustively researched fleet list, giving details of every Clyde ferry and excursion boat, it will undoubtedly be the definitive work on the subject. Hardbound to become a treasured volume and due to be completed for a late summer launch.

Pleasures of the Firth Two Hundred Years of the Clyde Steamers