Preston, 1st.ed., 1999. 96 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs. Pict. laminated boards. 30 x 21cm. FINE. A photographic study of the short-sea passenger vessels and cargo coasters owned by Burns & Laird and operating services from the UK to Ireland. The company came about with the amalgamation of two old-established Glasgow shipping lines in 1922 ; both had been in existence for more than a century and both had pioneered Scottish-Irish passenger and trade routes. Both lines had already come under the umbrella of Coasts Lines which was equally active with its services from the Mersey. The author describes the development of these fleets from the 1860s onwards, providing a great deal of data and narrative, illustrating his text with a wealth of excellent photographs. FINE copy.