BROCKLEBANKS, 1770-1950.

Gibson, John Frederic.


2 Vols., Liverpool, 1st ed., 1953. Vol. I : Xvi + 287 pp., frontis., + 12 other plates (4 cold.,) + a family tree (fldg.). Vol. II : 231 pp., frontis., + 12 other plates (4 cold.). D.j.’s, 22 x 14cm. Nr.FINE. The history of the famous Liverpool shipping company, Brocklebank Line, from its foundation in 1770 to the post-war era in 1950. The firm was founded by Daniel Brocklebank of Whitehaven. He built five ships in New England but was forced to make a hurried departure from America in 1775 owing to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. Daniel returned to his native Cumberland aboard his fifth ship, the CASTOR, and in Whitehaven he, and those of his family who followed in his footsteps, built up a noteworthy local shipping concern. In 1865 the Brocklebank family closed their Whitehaven office and moved to Liverpool which was a prosperous and expanding port. The firm’s papers and books date back to the Massachusetts days and at this period they were removed to the family house of Greenlands in the Lake District. They were not seen again until 1930 when the estate carpenter cried out "What is to be done with the box of old papers in the loft ?" This important discovery enabled a detailed history to be written. By 1953, when these two volumes were being published by a Liverpool bookseller, Brocklebank Line operated a fine and distinctive fleet of cargo ships sailing from the Mersey to India and the Far East. The two handsome volumes describe both Brocklebank’s old sailing ship fleet as well as its steamers, and the books are illustrated with eight coloured and twenty-six black & white plates. An excellent set of one of the finest of the ship company histories.

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