Risca, (Gwent), 1st.ed., 1983. 151 pp., 48 photo-plates ; pict. e.p’s. D.j., 22 x 15cm. Spine of d.j. discoloured o/w FINE. A history of the Abbey Line of Cardiff and its ships – traditional tramp steamers – from its origins in the 19th century to the sale of their last vessel in 1960. Abbey ships were engaged in the intermediate tramp trades - usually carrying coal from the pits of South Wales - and they performed a major role in the trade to the Kara Sea in Northern Russia, as well as to Republican-held ports during the Spanish Civil War. The author examines all the tramp trades of Abbey Line and fully describes their fleet of steamers - 48 of them appearing in full-page photographs.