Preston, 1st.ed., 2001. 160 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs, etc. Pict. laminated boards. 30 x 21cm. MINT. Philip & Son Ltd., with their yard situated on the River Dart almost opposite the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, was one of Britain’s most prolific shipbuilders, having completed over a period of 140 years almost 1,500 vessels. These included Mersey ferries, coastal passenger ships, yachts, fishing vessels, lightships, tugs, coastal cargo vessels, harbour pinnaces, air-sea rescue launches and WWII corvettes and minesweepers for the Admiralty. The late Derek Blackhurst, in this profusely illustrated book, chronicles the history of the yard and of the Philips family who built up this west country business. He follows their fortunes through peace and war and lists with full data all known vessels built by the company with career details for all but the most minor craft. An excellent and important work of reference, often cited in our catalogues when listing original specifications for vessels built in this celebrated yard. (See for examples Items 183, 184 & 185 below). MINT copy.