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|Title:||The Line That Dared: A History of the Union Steam Ship Company|
|Category:||Boats & Marine|
|New / Used:||Used|
|Book Type:||Small hardcover|
|Published By:||Four Star books|
|Size (mm):||195 w x 250 h x 20 d|
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1st Edition. Editor Gordon McLauchlan, was assisted by other maritime writers in compiling this exceptional centennial history of the Line that Dared.
This history of the Union Steam Ship Company (USSCo) was published to record the centennial of the line, which was founded in Dunedin 1875. The Union Company, as it was popularly known, grew to be a major shipping enterprise, with is ships trading mainly on the NZ and Australian coasts, trans-Tasman, with trans-Pacific liner services, trading to Asian and Indian ports, establishing a NZ internal airline just prior to WWI and known as Union Airways.
The company operated ferry services between the North and South Islands and its house flag was well known in the islands of the South Pacific. The USSCo was the largest shipping company in the southern hemisphere and by the time of its centennial had owned and operated more that 300 ships. It served the Allied cause well through both World Wars, losing ships in both. At the time of its centennial the company was beginning to expereince the effects of the technological revolution in the shipping industry, with many of its post-WWII replacement ships becoming out-dated, there were major changes in ownership and trading pattens and gradually fleet numbers declined until by late in the century the great days of the USSCo were already past and by the Milllenium the fleet list which had totalled about 350 ships was closed.
The Union Company which had been so vital the NZ economy, been the largest private employer and whose ships often bacame houshold names went the way of so many famous and long-lived shipping lines.
Illustrated throughout with B/W photos, with an eight page colour section displaying art and photographs, document reproductions on end-papers, double page photo spread for title page.