Home Port Singapore. a History of Straits Steamship Company Limited 1890-1965 - K. G. (Kennedy Gordon) TregonningSingapore: Oxford University Press for Straits Steamship Company Limited, 1967, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper, now wrapped in a removable protective sleeve, with a little loss to the head of the spine. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. Laid in compliments slip from the company loose. Previous owners' name and date to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Includes: Maps; Tables; Fold-out maps; Frontispiece; Black & white plates (53);
From the cover: “Straits Steamship Company is inseparably associated with the port of Singapore. It epitomizes a Company that by its composition, its character and its business is essentially a part of this distinctive port. The heart of the story is Singapore. This is true now, and it was true in 1890 when the Company first began.
The position the Company occupies in modern Singapore and Malaysia owes much to its own past history and the part it played in the development of pre-war Malaya. In a country which depended so greatly on communication by sea it was inevitable that an enterprise such as this should be a major influence. The growth of the tin-mining industry on the west coast of Malaya and the opening of the Suez Canal stimulated Singapore’s trade and led to the establishment of such outlets as Port Weld, giving fresh opportunities to the Company to expand its services. The increasing importance of Singapore as an entrepot in turn developed the Company’s trade with Sabah and Sarawak. Much of the book is based on first-hand information, and idyllic tales of pre-war journeys by sea from Singapore to Penang and to the coast of Thailand are succeeded by accounts of the disastrous events of the Second World War. The appalling wartime losses of the Company, from which it made an amazing recovery while confronted with problems of changing conditions almost more threatening than those of war, show clearly the difficulties it has had to surmount since 1945.
Since Professor Tregonning — at the time of writing Raffles Professor of History in the University of Singapore — is a historian, the book has been written as part of the history of South-East Asia and it is in this setting that the achievements of the Straits Steamship Company may best be appreciated.”