Ships of the Narrow Seas by Edmund Vale, London Midland and Scottish Railway, nd, but 1936 [ebook]


Ships of the Narrow Seas by Edmund  Vale, London Midland and Scottish Railway, nd, but 1936. Booklet paper covers staple bound, 8”x 5” pp.59, 49 blue photogravure illustrations boat trains, ships, lake steamers. Double page spread map.


Edmund Vale (1888-1969) was an extraordinarily prolific writer of guide books and popular works on architecture. Perhaps his best remembered work was “How to Look at Old Buildings” but in a career that began before the Great War, and ended in his 80’s he undertook a variety of commissions, including company histories and guide books for some of the National Parks . He undertook around a dozen commissions for the LMS. of which this is the only one to deal with  shipping services.

A brief history is given of each of the surviving routes with passing reference to those services – from Fleetwood and from Barrow, replaced by improved facilities at Heysham, and the Holyhead-Greenore service, a casualty of the Irish Civil War. Due coverage is given to the Clyde and lake paddle steamers.

Vale is a good writer; his second by second account of the calm and unfussy departure if the Irish Mail steamer is particularly vivid.



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