Eccles, David.


WSS., Windsor, 1st.ed., 2005. 108 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs & plans. Pict. c.c., 30 x 20cm. FINE. Signed & inscribed : "Best wishes to Gordon Tufnell. David Eccles. (The late Gordon Tufnell of Liverpool, was related to the marine artist, Cmdr. Eric Tufnell, RN. (See Item No. 77). The Larrinaga Steam Ship Company was founded in 1863 by a family of Spanish merchants opening up an agency in Liverpool to serve the trade from the Mersey to Spanish colonies. Larrinaga were involved not only in shipowning but also in ship chandlery, ship broking, cargo broking, shipping agency work etc. By the end of the 19th century they moved away from their original trades to become a British company, trading to North and South America with a fine fleet of cargo ships. They maintained this business until the Second World War when the company suffered heavy losses through enemy action. After the war, they turned to tramp shipping until finally closing its doors in 1974 ' the last general cargo tramp ship owner in Liverpool. Dedicated to the 333 officers and seamen who lost their lives in Larrinaga ships between 1939 and 1945, the author provides a photographic Fleet List and a list of awards for gallantry earned by its seamen. A FINE signed copy.

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