About
Neil McCart
All our books take you through the entire career of each ship in detail. They are amply illustrated with good quality photographs — many in colour. The hard-back books come complete with laminated dust jackets.
Neil McCart developed his interest in shipping whilst living in Singapore as a boy. After leaving school at 15 he joined the Royal Navy and served for eleven years, his last ship being the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle. Since leaving the Navy he has written extensively for maritime magazines and is the author of over 30 books on British passenger liners and warships of the Royal Navy.
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County-Class Destroyers
County-Class Destroyers 1962-1985
ISBN 1 901225 09 7
The careers of the eight County-Class destroyers of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, Devonshire, Hampshire, Kent, London, Fife, Glamorgan, Antrim and Norfolk, described in detail.
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Daring-Class Destroyers 1952-1969
The careers of the eight Daring-Class destroyers of the 1950s and 1960s: Daring, Decoy, Diamond, Defender, Dainty, Delight, Duchess and Diana, described in detail.
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The Colossus-Class Aircraft Carriers 1944-1972
ISBN 1 901225 06 2. Hardback. Size 240mm x 200mm. 184pp. 140 photographs.
For the first time in one book, here are the comprehensive histories of the Royal Navy's eight Colossus-class light fleet aircraft carriers: Colossus, Vengeance, Venerable, Glory, Ocean, Theseus, Triumph and Warrior. The eight aircraft carriers, which were designed for the duration of the Second World War only, went on to pioneer the use of jet aircraft at sea and, between 1950 and 1953, four of them bore the brunt of the Royal Navy's commitment to the Korean War. In the latter half of the 1960s Triumph became a familiar sight in Singapore's naval base and in Mombasa's Kilindini Harbour.
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HMS Hermes 1923 & 1959
ISBN 1 901225 05 4. Hardback. Size 240mm x 200mm. 192pp. 135 photographs, seven in colour.
For the first time in one volume here are the comprehensive histories of the two aircraft carriers named Hermes. The stories take the reader from the 1920s into the Second World War, the late 1950s and 1960s, through to the Falklands campaign and into the Indian Navy where the last Hermes still serves as INS Viraat.
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Three Ark Royals 1938-1999
ISBN 1 901225 02 X. Hardback. Size 240mm x 200mm. 208pp. 165 illustrations.
This is the first, and only, book to tell the full stories of the last three Ark Royals in detail; the wartime Ark which saw so much action in the first two years of the Second World War; the Ark of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s which, during the years of intense antagonism between the superpowers, projected British maritime air power all over the world; and the present Ark Royal which has taken the Fleet Air Arm into the 21st century.
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Tiger, Lion & Blake 1942-1986
ISBN 1 901225 03 8. Hardback. Size 240mm x 200mm. 160pp. 125 photographs.
For 20 years between 1959 and 1979 the cruisers Tiger, Lion and Blake took their places in the fleet as the last big-gun warships. This is the first book to tell the full stories of all three ships in detail. The author covers their careers through each year of operational service, and the stories are enlivened by memories from ex-members of their ships' companies from senior officers to junior seamen.
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Fearless & Intrepid 1965-2002
ISBN 1 901225 07 0. Hardback. Size 240mm x 200mm. 176pp. Over 140 photographs.
Twelve chapters of highly readable text tell the story of the Royal Navy's longest serving warships from their beginnings in the early 1960s to the final weeks of operational service in the 21st century, when Fearless was finally decommissioned and joined her sister Intrepid at lay-up berths in Portsmouth Dockyard.
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Harrier Carriers Vol 1 — HMS Invincible
ISBN 1 901225 08 9. Hardback. Size 240mm x 200mm. 128pp. 107 photographs, 12 in colour.
The story of the first of the Royal Navy's new generation of aircraft carriers. This book traces HMS Invincible's career from the traumatic beginnings in the early 1970s when she was known as a 'through-deck cruiser' to the early years of the 21st century.
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SS Canberra 1957-1997
ISBN 1 901225 0 3. Hardback. Size 240mm x 200mm. Over 120 photographs — 14 in colour.
Twelve chapters of highly readable text in this first complete history of P&O's most famous passenger ship tell the story of SS Canberra from the laying of her keel plates in 1957, to her withdrawal from service and her final voyage and arrival at the shipbreaker's yard, a beach near Karachi in Pakistan, in the autumn of 1997. Also included is a pull-out section containing full deck plans of the ship.
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