Shipping & Mariners of Spalding
by Keith Seaton
This book creates a rich tapestry of the heritage of this once thriving shipping area.
In its heyday, Spalding was a busy commercial port, with a shipping industry important to the local population and the local economy. That time lies well in the past now, but the author, himself born and bred in Spalding, Lincolnshire takes us on a nostalgic journey of the port. Starting from Roman times and traversing history up to the early twentieth century when river traffic began what was to be a terminal decline. The Industrial Revolution was a boom period for the waterway and the author pays special attention to the master mariners of that important period.
Illustrated in B&W the book creates a rich tapestry of the heritage of this once thriving shipping area. Today the rich maritime history of the area is largely forgotten and the area is best known for its agricultural produce.