1st.ed., 1956. 272 pp., frontis., + 21 other photo-plates. D.j., 21 x 15cm. Exceptionally FINE copy, signed by the Author in 1956, with a British India bookmark tipped in. The centenary history of British India Line from its foundation in 1856 to its rise as possessing one of the finest fleets of passenger liners and cargo ships in the Merchant Navy. The author examines trade with India before and after the Indian Mutiny ; the basic routes established by B. I; the types of cargoes carried ; and the war service of British India during World War I and World War II when the company provided invaluable troop ships. A number of epic wartime episodes involving B. I. ships and crews are recorded. An appendix provides details of the 459 vessels up to 1956 forming their fleet. British India became part of P&O during the 1960s. FINE copy, Signed by the Author.