Heaton, P. M.


Risca (Newport), 1st.ed., 1987. 84 pp., 72 photo-plates; map e.p’s. D.j., 22 x 15cm. FINE. Booth Line was one of Liverpool’s smaller shipping lines, with connections to North Brazil and the River Amazon trade stretching back 120 years. Their posters fired the imagination with the thought of a voyage from the Mersey to "a thousand miles up the Amazon". Alfred and Charles Booth opened up their shipping offices in Liverpool in 1866 and during the years that followed they operated a number of handsome passenger liners and cargo ships. The author traces their history and their role in two World Wars ; their amalgamation with the Singlehurst family fleet ; their acquisition by the Vestey Group ; and their move into containerization. Fleet Lists are provided for both Booth Line and the Red Cross Line. The book is illustrated with 72 photographs of vessels from 1890 to 1979.

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