Fisher Renwick started as a north-eastern ship-owner which expanded rapidly when it introduced the Manchester-London steamers coastal liner service and built the Manchester dry docks.
The company went on to introduce the first Scammell articulated lorries. It pioneered road transport with the introduction of its continuous service using Scammell rigid-eight ‘Showboat’ vans and rigid-eight flats.
With the advent of nationalisation Fisher Renwick again changed to become a leading supplier of contract hire vehicles to many famous firms. In 1972 it was acquired by Ryder in order to facilitate that company’s development of its British vehicle hire and logistics operation.
With access to the Renwick family’s records and memories, Gordon Mustoe has used many fine transport photographs to illustrate the story of this illustrious company. His full Appendices include shipping lists and details of road fleets as well as select lists of contract services.
1874-91 origins – 1892-1914 age of the steamers – 1914-18 the Great War – 1919-33 new steamers and the first Scammells – 1914-39 the Scammells take over – 1939-45 war, tribulations and development – 1946-49 peace, nationalisation and contract services – 1949-72 Fisher Renwick Group, the final chapter – 1891-1971 Manchester Dry Docks Co Ltd – Appendices.
- 152 Pages
- 170 black & white illustrations
- Hardback book
- 275mm x 203mm