Freighters of the 1950s and ‘60s

by William H. Miller

Freighters of the 1950s and ’60s, with masts, booms and hatches, were the last of their generation. It was the end of an era, just before the massive transition to faster, more efficient containerised shipping on larger and larger vessels.

These were ‘working ships’, but many would be retired prematurely and finish up under flags of convenience, for virtually unknown owners, before going off to the scrapyards in the 1970s and 1980s. For some ships, their life’s work was cut short and their decommissioning was quick.

In Handling Cargo, William H. Miller remembers the likes of Cunard, Holland America and United States Lines on the North Atlantic, Moore McCormack Lines to South America, Farrell Lines to Africa and P&O out East.

This is a very good book reminding us all of the great days of post-World War II shipping.

The text is backed up by some excellent photographs and I have no hesitation in very highly recommending this book to any of our readers who enjoy the nostalgia of these bygone days.


Published by:

The History Press,

The Mill,


Brimscombe Port,


Gloucestershire GL5 2QG


Paperback: 224mm x 246mm

120 pages, illustrated

Price: £19.99



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