Gravesend, WSS, 1st.ed., 1997. 161 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs. Pict. c.c., 24 x 18cm. FINE. The author provides the war histories of British, Belgian, Dutch and French cross-channel steamers from 1939 to 1945. He concentrates on those vessels which were switched from their peacetime short-sea roles to naval or military duties. The careers of 119 ships are recorded ; vessels built for British waters but which often found themselves thousands of miles away, undertaking a great variety of tasks from mine and net laying duties, to serving as balloon and landing craft carriers. In addition to passenger ships, cargo ships, train ferries and car carriers serving Dover, Newhaven, Southampton, etc., the list includes Irish Sea ships, Isle of Man Steam Packet vessels, and Coast Line Irish service ships.