Somner, Graeme.


Ships in Focus, Preston, 1st ed., 2009. 236 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs (some cold.). Pict. laminated boards. 30 x 22cm. FINE. Several books have been published over the years describing different periods in the history of Ben Line, but now that the fleet has all gone it has enabled the author, well known for his WSS publications, to write the definitive history of Ben Line from its inception in 1839, and a Fleet List of its many ships during almost 160 years. Includes owned vessels, managed vessels, ships owned by W. A. C. Thomson, and Ben Line's involvement in oil exploration. The book is profusely illustrated with hundreds of photographs, some in colour. The Fleet List begins with their early square-riggers and ends with their container ships.

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