Champion of Sail: R.W. Leyland and His Shipping Line

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Conway Maritime, 1986 - Sports & Recreation - 191 pages

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A portal back in time, to the life of a major player in the British maritime shipping industry. RW Leyland, built up a successful shipping business, trading to ports around the world. Along with his brother, they acquired, built and maintained over 30 ships. These ships were some of the Largest ships built at that time, HUGE bulk carriers , then later turning to steam.
This book covers his personal life, with documented letters , photos and trappings of a man of devotion to his chosen industry. Details of his life, his company and the demise of the great sailing carriers of the late 19th century. Photos of these great ships, his family and his business dealings are meticulously documented and authored from family letters.
Not to be missed by avid sailing history buffs

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A excellent well written book,well illustrated and giving a very good account of my Grand Fathers Shipping Line, The Leyland Line,26 ships going world wide.The only remaing ship,the Wavertree can be seen in the Maritime Museum in New York.My mothers old home Upton Manor is now a luxuary nursing home on the Wirral Cheshire. R.L.Sharples. Malta. 


Chapter Two Golden Years
Chapter Three Difficult Years

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David Walker was born in or near Wilmington, North Carolina, the son of a slave father and a free black mother (thus, under the laws of slavery, he was born free). the year of his birth is uncertain, although the most convincing recent research contends that it was 1796 or 1797. By his own account in the "Appeal," Walker left Wilmington as a young man and wandered around the United States, residing for an unspecified period in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1825, he turned up as a used-clothes dealer in Boston, where he would spend the rest of his abbreviated life. He died suddenly in 1830.
Sean Wilentz is the Cotsen Fellow and professor of history at Princeton University. His books include "Chants Democratic" and, with Paul E. Johnson, "The Kingdom of Matthias,"

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