Sunday, April 30, 2017
P&O180
£20.50

The history of P&O Ferries
by Miles Cowsill and Dan Bridgett
A must for all those interested in the ferry scene.

The history of P&O Ferries
by Miles Cowsill and Dan Bridgett

Contributors: John Hendy, Richard Kirkman and Bruce Peter

This fine book celebrates the 180th anniversary of the Peninsular & Oriental Navigation Company – P&O one of the most famous names in shipping. Indeed, P&O Ferries can trace its history back to August, 1937, at a time when steam ships were beginning to replace sailing ships. Lavishingly illustrated and well written – all the contributors are well known maritime writers and steeped in the ferry business. Today, P&O Ferries is the UK’s largest ferry company operating a fleet of 20 ships and circa 30,000 sailings from Dover, Hull, Liverpool and Cairnryan to Europe and Ireland. A must for all those interested in the ferry scene, but a valuable addition to any ship lover’s library.

Maritime Log

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North America

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Asia-Pacific

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Naval Focus

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Ferry World

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Sail Review/Coastal Comment

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From the Lookout

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Companies, Events and Other Features

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