This is a delightful little book, a reminder of the days when the quality of the journey was as important as that of the destination. Just imagine, no struggle through traffic to get to the airport, no hassle about standing in line interminably to check in so early that the aircraft has probably left its previous destination yet, no intrusive security checks, forget the transit camp atmosphere of the airport concourse, another lengthy standing in line session to board the plane. Then the journey itself, crammed into a claustrophobic metal tube, the air conditioning turned down to save fuel, with people one would normal try to avoid, a child kicking the back of your seat, the passenger in front tilting theirs so far back that you cannot move… no, no, no.
Instead Hansom Cab to London Docks, or Underground to Wapping or Shadwell, board the evening before sailing, at no extra charge and a leisurely cruise round the coast, with stopovers at Portsmouth, Southampton, Plymouth and Falmouth. Arrive Dublin a week later refreshed by your voyage. The Cost? Only 26/- first class, with an extra charge of 5/- if you require a single berth in a deck house state room.
Read this and marvel how much pleasanter life once was… not everything changes for the better!
PREVIEW BELOW – MAY TAKE A WHILE TO LOAD.