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Scottish engineering, ship owning and operating as well as business and entrepreneurial skills have all played a big part in the success of the Merchant Navy. Scottish emigrants took skills with them to the ends of the Empire and promoted trade and wealth creation. In terms of engineering, 'Clyde-Built' was the kite mark for the shipbuilding industry the world over. Scottish shipowners included household names such as Allan, Anchor, Donaldson and Henderson and were instrumental in founding and managing Cunard, British India, P&O, Orient, Glen and other 'English' companies. The story is traced from a variety of angles, even from the role of people such as David Livingstone in developing trade and Scotland's outstanding contribution to the Empire as the world's leading maritime power in the 19th century. The navigational skills of the Highlanders and the technological and business skills of the lowlanders were fundamental to this story and contributed to the early development of the steamship, to the exploration and the development of trade routes. And to the final flowering of the of the world's last great iron sailing ships and today there is evidence still, manifested in the Cutty Sark, the Denny Test Tank at Helensburgh, the Burrell Collection at Pollok, and the communities of Scotsmen around the world. This aspect of the commercial and political empire building is revealed for the first time in this remarkable history. 282 large and glamorous very well illustrated pages.

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