Southport, 1st.ed., 1949. 219 pp., frontis. (fldg.) + 25 other plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Torn/repaired d.j., o/w V.G. Written almost seventy years ago, this is the history of Liverpool's Pilotage Service covering some 170 years of activity. The author examines the Mersey pilots before 1766, the names of licensed pilots and their vessels at the time of the first Liverpool Pilotage Act (1766), the disaster to pilot boats in 1770, and the approaches to the Mersey and the river itself. He also describes the lighthouses at Hoylake, Leasowe, Bidston, New Brighton, Formby and Crosby. Other topics include pilots and privateers, the loss of No. 1 Pilot Cutter GOOD INTENT in 1833, sailing ships in tow of Mersey tugs, the purchase by MD&HB of the Pilot Service, and the first steam pilot boat. Also the loss of No. 1 Pilot Boat S/S ALFRED H. READ, the disaster that befell No. 1 Pilot Boat S/S CHARLES LIVINGSTON, list of pilots in 1808, and the Roll of Honour of the Liverpool Pilot Boats. There are also many other aspects of Mersey pilotage and shipping during times of war and peace. Illustrated with a folding frontispiece and 25 other plates. SCARCE.