WSS, Gravesend, 1st.ed., 1997. 344 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs + 8 pp. of flags & funnels (cold.). D.j., 25 x 19cm. FINE. Notwithstanding its status as a world port, the coastal trades were important to Liverpool and by the mid-19th century the port handled a third of the goods being shipped by coaster around Britain and Ireland. In addition to Liverpool itself, minor Mersey ports played a significant role ' Frodsham, Warrington, Weaver ports, Runcorn, Weston Point, Widnes, Garston, Ellesmere Port, Bromborough, Port Sunlight, etc. In this highly-detailed study the author examines the rise of the steam coaster, the steam and motor vessels of the Mersey, the lure of Liverpool and steam ship building on the Mersey. Profusely illustrated with photographs and 8 pages of flags & funnel colours, he goes on to cover the coaster owners of the region, each with a full and detailed Fleet List. Owners include William Cooper, Joseph E. Fisher, Richard Hughes, Henry Seddon, Zillah, Edward Nicholson, Mountwood Shipping, Manchester, Liverpool & North Wales Steamship Co., etc. The definitive study of the coastal tramp ship owners of the Mersey and their fleets. FINE copy.