a history of the Belle Fleet and paddle steamer era
by Peter Box
Tyndale & Panda Publishing, 1989.
the Belle Fleet paddle steamers that served the coastal towns of Kent, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk
Middlemiss, Norman L. ISBN 187112817X .Shield Publications, 1999
the story of the Essex sailing-smacks, coasters and barges
by Hervey Benham
Harrap, 1981 (reprint).
by Bob Roberts
Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1973.
reminiscences of east coast sailing barge life.
by Andrew Gladwell
by John E. Reynolds
Pentland Press, 1993.
covering all the towage companies operating on the Thames during these sixty years, with full details of over 150 tugs.
by Richard-Hugh Perks
Conway Maritime, 1975.
a well illustrated record of the east coast sailing barges and sailormen.
by Philip Banbury
David & Charles, 1971.
an important local shipbuilding study, tracing four centuries of shipbuilding.
Carmania Press, 1992.
a splendid photographic record of the port of London and shipping on the Thames, past and present