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The Golden Age of Shipping: The Classic Merchant Ship 1900-1960

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By the beginning of the twentieth century, steamers had ousted sailing ships from many of the world's trade routes. The triple expansion engine had provided a mode of propulsion that was economical even in tramping and coastal operations where cost of transportation was usually more important than speed or predictability of delivery, and by 1900 most of the familiar categories of merchantmen were already in existence, and thereafter, although development was steady, it was along established lines until the ...
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Overview

By the beginning of the twentieth century, steamers had ousted sailing ships from many of the world's trade routes. The triple expansion engine had provided a mode of propulsion that was economical even in tramping and coastal operations where cost of transportation was usually more important than speed or predictability of delivery, and by 1900 most of the familiar categories of merchantmen were already in existence, and thereafter, although development was steady, it was along established lines until the cargo-handling revolution of the 1960s again threw merchant ship design into the melting pot.

This volume takes up the story with the commercial success of the steam turbine, but for reasons of completeness traces the late nineteenth-century origins of the first specialist types, like the tanker and the refrigerated cargo liner. Each of the main chapters is an in-depth history of a major category of ship, pin-pointing important vessels and designs, and backed with a data table summarizing the variety and evolution of each type. These are supported with shorter sections on more general topics that place ship design in the context of economic and technical developments that influenced all types.

The traditional cargo vessels and the great ocean liners, classic in their design and function, have all but disappeared, allowing The Golden Age of Shipping to tell the full story of an era which is now closed.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780785812692
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 10.19 (w) x 12.01 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 6
Introduction 7
1 Passenger Vessels 14
2 Cargo Ships 38
3 Bulk Cargo Carriers 61
4 Coastal and Short-Sea Shipping 81
5 The World's Fishing Fleets 97
6 Service Vessels 116
7 Ship Design and Construction 139
8 Marine Propulsion 152
9 Shipping Economics 164
10 Navigation 1900-1960 175
Bibliography 181
Glossary 186
Index 189
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