The Lawhill was indeed a lucky ship. She lasted well into a world that had long ago transitioned from sail to steam and then to aviation as a means of international transportation. It’s sad that she wasn’t so luck as to escape being scrapped. Wrapped in history if ships could talk Lawhill would have been able to tell us some magnificent stories, but as it were the stories have been left to talk through records and through those who were fortunate enough to sail with her.
It isn’t often I come across new books that focus entirely on lesser-known ships. If it’s a White Star liner or a Cunarder its bound to get attention but the Lawhill – well, even I have to admit to not having heard of it. Many thanks to John Richardson for writing this book. Although somewhat cut and dried The Lawhill Story is very informative. The nautical geek will revel in the details of the ship’s life as well as the information included regarding other vessels. What I loved? Towards the end Richardson included the log and photographs of a former crewmember. It was very insightful as readers are allowed to view a lifestyle that was quickly coming to an end. “Short but sweet” I recommend this book to nautical buffs everywhere.
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