by Bernard McCall
A selection of photographs of tugs that have visited ports in the Bristol area over the last fifty years. Volume 1 includes tugs used for ship handling and in the fleets of C. J. King and Cory/Wijsmuller/Svitzer.
This first volume begins with the tugs of C. J. King. Indeed, the front cover depicts the preserved tug John King, built in 1936, approaching Portishead Marina on 12 July 2013. The book then moves on to the larger tugs that have worked in the ports and port approaches. Finally, there is a section that sees the tugs at work. Within each section, tugs are seen approximately in date order of construction but this sequence is broken to allow us to see the same tug in different liveries.
This is the first volume of what will be a two-volume set. The photographs are all in full clour and include captions giving information about the history of each tug and its propulsion.
This is a specialised area of interest but is very well put together I would very highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in tugs and towage.
Published by:Coastal Shipping 400 Nore Road Portishead Bristol BS20 8EZ www.coastalshipping.co.uk e-mail: bernard@coastalshipping. co.uk Tel: 01275 846178
Paperback: 156mm x 235mm, 64 pp illustrated