Looking Back at Britain’s Premier Port

by Andrew Britton

Southampton is one of the most important maritime centres in the UK – ‘the Gateway to the World’, as it is often described.

The docks are the cornerstone of the city, both past and present. Here Andrew Britton explores this rich history.

From four-funnelled liners and flying boats to power stations and refineries, this volume depicts all that happened in the docks, the living heartbeat of the city.

Rare old photographs, previously unpublished behind the scenes shots of the dock at work, of captain’s logbooks and tickets and even some ships’ menus, all evoke the flavour of dock life.


The book mainly covers the post Second World War period although there are one or two photographs from the earlier part of the 20th century. Most of the regular ships that called at Southampton in the 1950s and 1960s are photographed.

This is a good book backed up with some high quality colour photos of this great port and I would recommend it to our readers.

Published by

The History Press
The Mill
Brimscombe Port



Paperback: 226mm x 248mm
120 pp illustrated
Price: £19.99


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