Box Boats

Box Boats : How Container Ships Changed the World

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Fifty years agoGCoon April 26, 1956GCothe freighter Ideal X steamed from Berth 26 in Port Newark, New Jersey. Flying the flag of the Pan-Atlantic Steamship Company, she set out for Houston with an unusual cargo: 58 trailer trucks lashed to her top deck. But they werenGCOt trucksGCothey were steel containers removed from their running gear, waiting to be lifted onto empty truck beds when Ideal X reached Texas. She docked safely, and a revolution was launchedGConot only in shipping, but in the way the world trades. Today, the more than 200 million containers shipped every year are the lifeblood of the new global economy. They sit stacked on thousands of GCGBPbox boatsGC[yen] that grow more massive every year. In this fascinating book, transportation expert Brian Cudahy provides a vivid, fast-paced account of the container-ship revolutionGCofrom the maiden voyage of the Ideal X to the entrepreneurial vision and technological breakthroughs that make it possible to ship more goods more cheaply than every before. Cudahy tells this complex story easily, starting with Malcom McLean, Pan-AtlanticGCOs owner who first thought about loading his trucks on board. His line grew into the container giant Sea-Land Services, and Cudahy charts its dramatic evolution into Maersk Sealand, the largest container line in the world. Along the way, he provides a concise, colorful history of world shippingGCofrom freighter types to the fortunes of steamship linesGCoand explores the spectacular growth of global trade fueled by the mammoth ships and new seaborne lifelines connecting Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Masterful maritime history, Box Boats shows how fleets of these ungainly ships make the modern world possibleGCowith both positive and negative effects. ItGCOs also a tale of an historic home port, New York, where old piers lie silent while 40-foot steel boxes of toys and televisions come ashore by the thousands, across the bay in New more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • Fordham University Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 5 b&w illus.
  • 0823225690
  • 9780823225699
  • 482,197

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Thoroughly researched and beautifully written...presents fascinating stories on the development of container ships and the revolutionary changes they brought to world commerce. GCoEdwin Dunbaugh, Ph.D., author of The New England Steamship Company: Long Island Sound Night Boats in the Twentieth Century ... Those who have a particular interest in shipping with find [this book] fascinating. Recommended. Written by a transportation expert, who knows how to bring his reader aboard, conduct a tour, and finally discharge all passengers safely, somewhere between history and nostalgia. Box Boats with continue to expand. This book, which goes into deep detail on every aspect of the business, needs to be handy to all who live in this country. -Ray B. Browneshow more

About Brian J. Cudahy

BRIAN J. CUDAHY's books include Around Manhattan Island: And Other Maritime Tales of New York and A Century of Subways: Celebrating 100 Years of New York's Underground Railways (both Fordham). He lives in Bluffton, more