Geoff Watson - photographer & author
Geoff Watson is a photographer I follow on Twitter. His four new books are all going to be available from mid-November. He tells me:
As an avid photographer, I built up a massive collection of photographs of the ships seen during my 50 years working in and around the Port of London, at docks and wharves many of which are long gone.
Since retirement I have compiled four books each containing approximately 140 colour photographs from my personal archive.
PORT OF LONDON OVER THE LAST 50 YEARS PART 1
The first book contains photographs and histories of some of the cruise ships that have visited from the 1960’s to date, with another section detailing some of the “one off” visits by ships that have either been attending exhibitions, or arriving in the Thames for promotional purposes or a naming ceremony.
PORT OF LONDON OVER THE LAST 50 YEARS PART 2
The second book has a variety of photographs mostly of merchant ships in various docks and wharves on the River Thames – everything from old conventional ships with derricks and cranes, right up to the giant containerships of today.
Many of the ships have either been scrapped, sunk or caught fire - thus making a fascinating read.
The third book (A DAY IN THE DOCKS) is personal to me, giving a light-hearted look at my life working at a riverside wharf, with many anecdotes and photographs from my vast collection that have never been seen or published before. This was at a time when containerisation was at it’s infancy, with ships arriving with loose cargo in t/chests, bags and crates. Some ships being alongside for two or three weeks, whereas the giant containerships of today could do the same job in about two days!
The last book is called FERRY GOOD with many photographs of ferries on which I have travelled (or have seen) either during business travel, or on holiday. Starting with photographs of ferries around the UK coast and continuing on with ferries from a variety of European ports from the Baltic to the Canary Islands, concluding with a few from a visit to Alaska. This book is £20.00 plus £2.00 P&P (UK)
The first three books cost £14.99 plus £2.00 P&P (UK). Payment can either be by GBP cheque or PayPal.
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