Prescot, 1st.ed., 1975. Xvi + 286 pp., 106 photo-plates, map e.p’s. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. A detailed history of the short sea passenger routes between Scotland and Northern Ireland from 1600 to 1975, plus particulars of other shipping routes between the two coasts as they have interacted with the three main routes : Portpatrick – Donaghadee, Stranraer – Larne, and Cairnryan – Larne. The author describes the mail steam packets, the railway at Portpatrick, war service, the Larne & Stranraer Steamboat Co. Ltd., the tragic post-war loss of the PRINCESS VICTORIA, the ships of the Caledonian Steam Packet Company, Sealink, Townsend Thoresen, etc. In addition there are 6 appendices which includes the log of the ill-fated PRINCESS VICTORIA on her final voyage, and a chronology of every ship to serve these routes over a period of 180 years. The book is illustrated with 106 photographs of steamers, their masters and owners. HISTORY OF THE PASSENGER & CARGO SERVICES BETWEEN SCOTLAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND.