Available on board and also from the company offices and most local bookshops are three maritime books written by local author and captain of the Karina Stephen Carter.
Douglas Head Ferries and the Port Soderick Boats,(ISBN 090629455) tells the fascinating story of harbour ferries and pleasure boats operating out of Douglas from Victorian times to the present day.
T R Brown of Bristol (ISBN 090629460) charts the history of a prominent Bristol family who in their heyday were the owners of the largest fleet of barges in the Bristol Channel, salvage contractors, tug owners and sand dredgers. Many salvage jobs are described in detail.
Tacky’s Tugs (ISBN 9780906294666) The history of W J Reynolds Ltd the foremost tug owners in the Port of Plymouth who operated a wide variety of vessels including passenger steamers, tugs and barges. Reynolds were the last company in Britain to operate a fleet of coal fired steam tugs and one of the last to use heavy horses commercially.