Langlands’ ships were an integral part of travel in the Western Isles and also the Liverpool-Glasgow trade of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
A new book has been published which is a very comprehensive maritime history that has never been told of M Langlands & Sons and reveals the story of the Langlands family’s dedication to its various commercial ventures and the services it developed.
Langlands’ ships called at Stornoway from the early 1870s until 1915, carrying general cargoes to and from Lewis en route between Liverpool, Glasgow and east coast ports such as Aberdeen and Leith.
They were the forerunners of the Coast Lines ships which served Stornoway between 1925 and 1963. They also offered cruises from Liverpool and the Clyde up the west coast of Scotland, many of which called in at Stornoway.
This book details the history of this company, with chapters 6 to 14 covering the Lewis connection. Chapter 13 looks specifically at the Stornoway connection.
The authors are Nick Robins, who has written a number of books on maritime history, and Colin Tucker, author of Steamers to Stornoway, a history of shipping services to Lewis, and who lives on the island.
They are described in Donald Meek’s foreward as ‘two of our finest shipping historians’.
The book is priced at £16. To order a copy contact Colin Tucker on 820 685.