Britain's Jet Age

Britain's Jet Age

Bucknall to Cellarhead Through Time

Bucknall to Cellarhead Through Time

British India Steam Navigation Co. Liners of the 1950's and 1960's

Publication Date15th August 2014

Book FormatPaperback





Once Britain’s largest shipping line, BISNC’s trade declined as aircraft took over from troopships. The author takes us through the transition from troopship to cruise ship.
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The British India Steam Navigation Company Limited, dating from 1862, was one of Britain’s largest and most important shipping firms and has been owned by the even larger P&O since 1914. BI, as it was commonly called, created and maintained a great network of sea-going services – to Africa, India and the Middle East, and to the more distant Far East. BI passenger ships in particular were important for the steady, uninterrupted flow of representatives and citizens of the Crown – from the likes of High Commissioners in first class to Indian workers in deck class. These were links in an age now gone completely. William H. Miller, author of over eighty maritime books, reviews the final fleet, the last great era, in the 1950s and 1960s, of the British India Steam Navigation Company’s passenger ships.

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