ECHOES OF THE WHISTLE. AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE UNION STEAMSHIP COMPANY.

Rushton, Gerald.


£45.00




Vancouver, 1st.ed., 1980. 143 pp., over 200 photographs & a map. D.j., 26 x 23cm. FINE. Signed by the Author and inscribed: "For Dorothy Rushton. Hoping that my pictorial sequel to 'Whistle Up the Inlet', dedicated to Margaret's memory, will be a fond companion and a happy memento of the friendly Union ships, as well as your own visit to British Columbia. With Christmas Greetings, and love from the Author, Gerald". (Rushton). Also signed on the title-page. In 1974 the author's Whistle Up the Inlet was published and was an immediate success. It told the story of the Union Steamship Company's operations from an inside point of view. In this companion volume, the emphasis is on the visual record, very largely of the ships themselves, illustrated with over 200 photographs. The author was born in Liverpool and moved to Canada after the First World War, joining the Union Steamship Company in 1920 and retiring 38 years later. These ships, with their red funnels, carried both passengers and cargo around the many inlets and isolated communities of British Columbia. Founded in 1889, more than fifty ships served in the fleet until the demise of the Company 70 years later. The book is divided into three 'periods', each with its own set of photographs : 1889-1918, 1919-1939, and 1940-1959. There is also a Fleet List.


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