This book traces the development of ships and shipping routes on Scotland’s western seaboard, from primitive 19th century paddle steamers to sophisticated 21st century car ferries.
“A World Apart — The Story of Hebridean Shipping” compares the charmingly slow and unpredictable voyages of the past with the ultra-functional fleet of today, arguing that the elegant ships of yesteryear symbolised a way of life that made the Hebrides a world apart — a way of life swept away by the hectic demands and high-speed communication of the modern world. And yet the journeys made by today’s ferries ‘still carry an echo of the past’.
Written by Andrew Clark, CRSC’s magazine editor, this 112-page paperback includes many fascinating illustrations — most of them previously unpublished — and provides details of virtually every steamer and ferry to have sailed under the MacBrayne/CalMac flag.
CRSC is offering the book post free at £13.50, a considerable discount to the recommended retail price.