a very scarce item of Lifeboat literature. the tubular life-boat ‘Challenger’ was built by William Lees in Manchester to a design of Henry T.Richardson of Bala, Merionethshire. The name ‘Challenger’ chosen as she was designed to challenge the existing RNLI lifeboat vessels, and the first part of the book records her voyage down the Manchester Ship Canal to Liverpool, and trials around the coast. the second part of the book comprises the log of the ‘Challenger’ on a voyage around the coast of Wales and England, from Liverpool to London. the work is interspersed with newspaper reports, letters, etc. of the period
12mo. ppxii 119
a nice tidy copy in the original embossed blue cloth, with gilt edges and lettering to the front board. presentation inscription from ‘the authors’ to Edward Lloyd, Esq. of Rhagatt, near Corwen
The Variation and Deviation of the Compass Rectified….
London, George Philip and Son, 1868
Star for Seamen, the Stevenson family of engineers
by Craig Mair.
John Murray, 1978
an excellent account of the engineering achievements of the Stevenson family from the late 18th to well into the 20th centuries