1st.ed., 1986. 191 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs & other illustrations. D.j., 26 x 20cm. FINE. Ralph Watts Leyland was the founder of one of the last major sailing-ship lines, a man who remained an enthusiastic advocate of sail in the face of growing competition from steam. He succeeded by transporting low value bulk cargoes in large iron and steel square-riggers, his Liverpool-based company owning some of the largest and most famous sailing vessels of the day, including the WAVERTREE now preserved in New York. This is the first time a history of Leyland has been compiled. The author examines the careers of their ships, life within Liverpool shipping circles in the 19th century, his domestic and social life in Upton Manor, Wirral, and the life for the crews at sea. Most of Leyland’s ships were named after outlying Liverpool villages : AIGBURTH, ALLERTON, CRESSINGTON, GRASSENDALE, GARSTON, OTTERSPOOL, RIVERSDALE and WOOLTON. FINE copy.