by Sam Warwick and Mike Roussel
The rich history of the P&O line began in the 1830s when steam power was still in its in fancy and this, coupled with longer voyages, meant that ship wrecks became inevitable. That was all part of the risk of running a pioneer shipping company at that time.
Shipwrecks of the P&O Line explores these losses, starting with the inaugral mail service sailing of the wooden paddles teamer Don Juan which ran aground infog in 1837 and ending 120 years later with the loss of the cargo liner Shillong which sank following a collision in the Red Sea in 1957.
The authors include a detailed history of each vessel leading up to the time of its loss and meticulously investigate the events surrounding the wrecking of each vessel, with exclusive accounts from divers who have explored the wrecks, a long with striking underwater images.
Complete with practical data for divers, this unique history offers a fresh analysis of maritime history.
This is an extremely well researched book and beautifully presented with good photographs. I would very highly recommend it.
The History Press
Hardback: 227mmx 248mm 180pages, illustrated