Maritime Activities of the Somerset & Dorset Railway
The exploits of the Somerset & Dorset Railway's maritime interests have taken a back seat for far too long. The story of their ships plays a full and exciting part in the railway's history, with a fleet including paddle steamers, screw steamships and ketches in a fascinating montage where rail met sea. For nearly a century from the 1850s, the ports of Burnham and Highbridge saw a wide variety of shipping; regular ferry services to and from Cardiff, linking by rail and sea across the English Channel for excursions to Paris; coasters bringing rails and coal from South Wales to Somerset; Baltic traders unloading vast quantities of Scandinavian timber; and much more besides.
This book is the product of 30 years of research by Chris Handley, a well-known historian of the Somerset & Dorset, and is illustrated with over 130 photographs, maps, plans, posters and drawings.
Softback, 160 pages, black & white photographs
Condition: Very Good
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