Photos from the book Classic Ships, with permission from MirrorPix
Sitting in the cockpit of a small boat, I think most of us become interested in the doings of the ships, tugs and cranes we see in our local harbours. So I was interested to receive notices about two new editions of books from Haynes: Classic Ships, by Richard Havers and The Tug Book by M J Gaston.
Classic Ships chronicles our shipping heritage for the last hundred or so years and features everything from tall ships to small ships, working boats, liners and lifeboats.
The Tug Book, meanwhile, is a detailed account of the design and operation of tugs all over the world. The publishers say that leading maritime writer Jack Gaston describes and illustrates virtually every facet of the tug and towing scene. He has brought together over 200 full colour photographs and diagrams in order to offer a definitive portrait of the vessels and their work, and a key theme throughout the book is the fierce competition among tug operators.
Images from The Tug Book