Conway Maritime Press edition, rep. 1973. Xvi + 350 pp., frontis + 67 other plates, 33 figures, plans, &c., & tailpieces by W. L. Wyllie. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Very slight rubbing of dust jacket, o/w FINE. Author’s obituary (1991) tipped in ; + an original pen & ink sketch of 1980 by Foulkes. First published in 1951, this is a major study of the beautiful sailing barges of the Thames and Medway, vessels designed to carry hay from the farms of Essex and Suffolk to feed the cab-horses of London ; and to return with their holds full of imported barley from the quaysides of London docks to the maltings of East Anglia. Boomies carried coal from the North-east coalfields of England and as far away as the Rhine for cargoes of mineral water. Raw materials required for the factories of the Midlands were supplied by square-sailed keels trading from the Humber, while on the other side of England, Mersey flats carried salt from the Cheshire salt mines, and chemicals from factories on the upper Mersey. Another specialized sailing barge, the trow, traded peacefully along the River Severn. These and other types are described in this book, illustrated with photographs, drawings, etc.