The extensive system of navigable rivers within the Port of Plymouth and the nearby sheltered estuaries and bays of Devonís South Hams and east Cornwall are home to a varied local maritime history. Artisan mariners of each harbour, river or stretch of coast, developed distinctive vessels and methods of working to suit their particular environment. Happily, between the 1860s and the 1960s, photographers were on hand to capture the results of decades, sometimes centuries, of this isolated nautical evolution before it vanished completely.
The author has chosen some of the best photographs from his own collection. Most are by local photographers who demonstrate an intimate knowledge of their subject. Idyllic pictures set in sylvan surroundings disguise the sheer hard work being undertaken but the reality of the scene is described while personalities and vessels involved are identified.
Alan Kittridge is a graphic artist and a partner in Twelveheads Press. He has written on many maritime subjects in Devon and Cornwall including Steamers and Ferries of the River Tamar and, mostly recently, Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle and Steamers of the River Dart, both published by Twelveheads Press.
A splendid addition ... confidently recommended.
Trevithick Society Newsletter
A truly excellent book containing many pictorial views of the ports, rivers, creeks and coastline between Prawle Point in the East and Dodman Point in the West. The text with each picture is detailed.
Also by this author:
Steamers & Ferries of the River Tamar & Three Towns District, £18.00
Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle, £14.00
Rendel's Floating Bridges, £10.00