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The Port of Southampton


by Ian Collard

Southampton is one of Britain’s busiest ports with facilities to handle virtually every type of cargo. Its natural deep-water harbour and unique double tide allow unrestricted access for large vessels to berth. As a port, its roots can be traced back as far as 1843 when the first dock was inaugurated. In this book, Ian Collard unearths a plethora of rare and previously unpublished images to tell the story of the UK’s biggest passenger port. The famous shipping operators are all here; Cunard Line, P&O, Union Castle Line, White Star Line, Shaw, Savill & Albion and Holland America Line. The ships these companies operated out of Southampton are littered throughout. Edinburgh Castle can be seen at Ocean Quay, the nuclear-powered merchant vessel Savannah is captured in 1964, and more recently, Britannia in 2016. The Port of Southampton is currently the UK’s premier passenger port and is the second largest container facility, handling over 1.5 million containers each year. This excellent book takes the reader on a journey through time and is very recommended to anyone with an interest in this vital maritime location. 96 pages, 180 illustrations.

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Ian Collard


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Britannia, Savannah


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