The Harbours of England are our heritage. We regard them with pride, but how little we know of their history or their present-day activities.
Devon Harbours sketches the development of the County's ports, and tells of their life to-day; it presents a picture that will enable visitors to reap full benifit from a West Country holiday and Devon men the better to appreciate their heritage.
Nowhere in the British Isles are there ports so rich in tradition or men so experienced in seamanship as those of Devon. Here on the water-fronts of Plymouth and Dartmouth, Bideford and Appledore, history was made. And many a hazardous and momentous voyage set sail from these famous ports.
But Devon Harbours does not deal exclusively with the past. Tourists and yachtsmen will find much useful information about the present-day harbours. While the authors emphasise that, far from being picturesque show-pieces, Devon harbours today are as vital and alive as ever in their history.
The 15 photographs were taken by Donald Payne, the line drawings are by Vernon C. Boyle, and the jacket illustration is by Frederick Cook.
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