SCOTTS' SHIPBUILDING AND ENGINEERING Co., Limited. Two Centuries of Ship Building by the Scotts at Greenock. [Second and revised editon]. [Partly Reprinted from "Engineering."]. London, "Offices of Engineering", 1920.
4to. Publisher's quarter dark morocco over green cloth, ornamented and lettered in gilt, top edge gilt, decorated on rear cover with Celtic ornament, marbled endpapers, printed on high-quality paper; pp. xviii, 192, colour-printed frontispiece, illustrated throughout with monochrome plates, diagrams and illustrations within the text; spine with wear and discolouration, otherwise a very good copy; provenance: James Caird's copy (bookplate).
A dual history of both the 'Scott's Shipbuilding and Engineering Co Ltd' and the history of shipbuilding as a profession. This covers Marine Engineering, Ships of the Twentieth Century, Engine and Boiler Works, Yachts, Work for the Great War Fleet and more. Heavily illustrated in an informative manner, this revised edition contains additional material based on the advances made during the First World War (the first edition of this text dates back to 1906). It also contains an appendix listing all vessels produced by Scott's Shipbuilding and Engineering Co Ltd, with special reference to their use during the World War. The company built the first Dreadnought and the first submarine constructed on the Clyde.
Provenance: James Caird was a Scottish mathematician and jute baron who sponsored scientific expeditions and contributed to Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914 to 1917. The boat in which Shackleton and five members of the crew undertook the 800 mile relief journey was named after the sponsor. The boat is now in Dulwich College.