Liverpool, 1st ed., 1966. Ix + 58 pp., photo-plate frontis + many other photo-plates & line drawings. Pict. laminated boards, re-backed in black cloth. 25 x 19cm. V.G. This is the second and most sought-after volume in the trilogy published by Sea Breezes during the 1960s, complete in itself, with the authors providing detailed information on the emergency wartime merchant ships built in North America. Here we have the Forts – vessels built in Canadian yards for British, Canadian and U.S. account, plus store ships, etc., purchased by the US from Canada. The Parks – vessels built in Canadian yards and operated by the Park Steamship Company for the Canadian Government, plus other ships built in Canada and vessels built in the USA and converted in Canadian yards for naval service. Includes dry cargo ships, tankers, coasters, tugs, etc., - vessels of the ‘North Sands', ‘Victory', ‘Dominion' and other types. The Oceans – vessels from U.S. yards that evolved from the ‘Empire Liberty' prototype with engines originating in Britain. All these standard ships were built in record time, often in a matter of days, to replace the large amount of tonnage falling victim to U-boats in the Atlantic. Without the emergency programmes and the supreme effort required there can be little doubt that the Battle of the Atlantic and therefore the war itself would have been lost. An important reference work illustrated with many photographs and line drawings.