Steamers at War



Steamers at War commemorates the part played by Clyde steamers in the 1939-45 conflict. For the first time the story of this fascinating period in the history of the Clyde fleets is told in a single volume.

The paddlers, accustomed to conveying commuters and tourists around the Clyde resorts, found new duties far from home under the White Ensign. Their turbine consorts served as troopships and tenders, while some vessels remained at home to maintain essential ferry services to the islands.

Lavishly illustrated with images from the collection of the Imperial War Museum, this 32-page CRSC publication has been brought to fruition from the partially finished manuscript, draft notes, research material and correspondence of the late Peter Herriot, a former Club president, whose special area of interest was the 1939-45 war. Prior to his untimely death Peter passed his material to Ian Hall, whose commitment to the project has produced a publication of outstanding interest to ship enthusiasts and aficionados of naval and military history.

Since it was first published in 2015, Steamers at War has received many accolades in the press:

“a lovely book… an excellent overview of the wartime operations of the Clyde fleet… highly recommended” (Cruising Monthly)

“an excellent narrative which is bound to delight followers of the Clyde fleet… highly recommended” (Ferry and Cruise Review)

“a valuable and fascinating record of these times. Well illustrated” (Sea Breezes)

“The story of these Clyde steamers in World War II is told by the author through various vignettes about events that individual ships experienced within a chronological history of World War II accounts” (Powerships, the magazine of the Steamship Historical Society of America)