River Colne Shipbuilders - A Portrait of Shipbuilding 1786-1988, by John Collins and James Dodds
Published by Jardine Press in 2009, 314 pages. Huge softback - c.24cm by 32cm (N4951P1)
Brand New Book
PLEASE NOTE: Because of the weight of this book, it is unavalable for purchase outside of the UK.
The River Colne is a small river that runs through Colchester in Essex, and is not a tributary of any other river, instead having an estuary that joins the sea near Brightlingsea, and in past centuries the river has been an important place for shipbuilding, with shipyards dotted along the banks...
From the rear side cover: If you were to take a boat trip on the river Colne today you would be hard pressed to believe that over 5,000 ships had been built on this river in the last two centuries. The Colne shipbuilders pioneered new designs to produce some of the fastest sailing cutters and schooners ever built. The ingenious shipwrights constructed specialist vessels, destined for every corner of the globe, including boats which could be transported overland as kits for reassembly in inaccessible places.
This ook charts the history of the shipyards and boat builders from 1786 to 1988 and follows the river, flowing downstream from Colchester Hythe, through Rowhedge and Wivenhoe, and on to Brightlingsea. Each yard is covered, from Stuttle's at the Hythe to Aldous at Brightlingsea, from the speedy racing cutters and schooners of Sainty and Harvey to the innovations of iron and steel from Forrestt's and Rowhedge Ironworks, and finally to the last yards which closed in 1988.
A unique book that brings to light this fascinating and almost forgotten history and shows how the shipyards of this small river have played such an important part in the affairs of the nautical world.
The book thus provides a huge and immensly detailed history of the shipbuilders and shipyards of the river, and brings the story of the people and yards to life through a rich array of illustrations and personal accounts.
Produced in lavish quality and full colour with over 350 images of shipyards, workers and vessels, the book is packed with maps, photographs and lines drawings