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Steamers to Stornoway

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Steamers to Ships and Shipping Services to Lewis since 1750

by Colin Tucker

Shipping services are an essential part of the life of all islands and Lewis is no exception. This history makes a valuable contribution to the record of the life of Stornoway and Lewis, as well as chronicling an important element of maritime history. In the 17th century crossing the Minch could be a difficult and hazardous journey, when sailing ships might take several days to complete the journey, in stark contrast with the modern car-ferry which takes less than three hours. In the 19th century the introduction of steamships made journeys both quicker and more reliable.

This lavishly illustrated book is a fascinating record of the shipping services linking the island of Lewis with the mainland of Scotland.


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