Articles, Maritime History, Vessels

Arklow Shipping

Arklow Shipping -A Group Fleet History

Pat Sweeney

ArklowBookAuthor: W.J. Harvey,     ISBN: 1 902 953 150,    Publisher: Bernard McCall, 2004

This book published last year is the fourth on shipping companies written by W.J. Harvey over the past 17 years. Two of his previous works also deal with companies in Ireland. The HEAD LINE (1990) and SHAMROCK SHIPPING (2004).

The book gives the background on the port of Arklow, followed by how Arklow Shipping Ltd came into existence in 1966, when long established owners in the Co. Wicklow port came together. Pages I S to 96 cover all the vessels of the fleet with photographs and full details on the history of each. The only criticism that this reviewer has, that the publication goes into too much detail on the ownership of each vessel with the names of the individual holding companies. It might be very useful to lawyers.

However the book is a very useful addition to Irish maritime literature. Softback 144 colour and 12 b/w photos. Published by Bernard McCall, 400 Nore Rd. Portishead, Bristol BS20 8EZ. Tel/fax 00 44 1275 846178. Price Stg.£16.50 (25 euro) + post.