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Bisop Rock

Bishop Rock Lighthouse
by Elisabeth Stanbrook, £6.50

Bishop Rock lighthouse, exposed to the full force of the Atlantic Ocean, is at the very edge of the dramatic Western Rocks off the Isles of Scilly, and stands as a tribute to an amazing feat of Victorian engineering. This book tells of its construction and modifications from the 1840s onwards by a workforce of great skill and courage in often dangerous conditions, and of lighthouse keepers isolated in the tower, and the relief boatmen who provided a vital link with the shore.

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Longships

Longships Lighthouse
by Elisabeth Stanbrook, £6.50

Just 2km beyond Landís End stands the iconic Longships lighthouse, the vision of the ill-fated Lieut Henry Smith. Since 1795, the lighthouse has undergone many changes including the purchase by Trinity House and a complete rebuild. Construction problems, keepersí trials and tribulations and the skills of the relief boatmen all feature, as does the full fury of the Atlantic Ocean. Strong links were also forged with nearby Sennen from where the lighthouse was serviced.

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Sail & Steam

Sail and Steam in the Plymouth district
by Alan Kittridge, £14.00 Reduced price

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.

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Tamar Steamers

Steamers & Ferries of the River Tamar & Three Towns District
by Alan Kittridge, £14.00 Reduced price

For at least 100 years until the 1950s the waterside communities of the Three Towns district, that became the City of Plymouth, were dependent upon steamer and ferry services for work and play. The waterways were once crowded with ferry and steamer services, serving the five rivers and numerous creeks of the River Tamar and Plymouth district - 16 ferries, 35 steamers and over 40 landing places by 1900.

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Kingswear Castle

Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle and the Steamers of the River Dart
by Richard Clammer & Alan Kittridge, £14.00

The Dartmouth built Kingswear Castle of 1924 is the last in a line of purpose built river Dart paddle steamers stretching back to the middle of the nineteenth-century. Since 1967 the Kingswear Castle has been owned by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society, who also own the sea going Firth of Clyde paddle steamer Waverley. In 2012 a long term charter was agreed with the Dartmouth Steam Railway to operate the paddle steamer back in her 'home' waters of the river Dart, the very river she was specifically designed to ply.

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Douglas Head

Douglas Head Ferry & the Port Soderick Boats
by Captain Stephen Carter, £8.50

The Isle of Man was a mecca for holiday makers and the quickest means of access to the tourist development on Douglas Head, from Douglas and the steam packet landings, was by ferry across the harbour. A distinctive type of double ended ferry steamer was developed which by 1900 was carrying between half and three-quarters of a million passengers each season - a ferry service which today is virtually forgotten.

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Rendels Floating

Rendel's Floating Bridges
by Alan Kittridge, £10.00

Invented between the great Georgian and Victorian manias of canals and railways to promote and maintain essential turnpike communication across estuaries; fixed to land but never leaving the water; five floating bridges at Dartmouth, Saltash, Torpoint, Southampton and Portsmouth were born of necessity where land bridges, for reasons of navigation or lack of finance, failed to materialise.

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