Gone are the days when the grand steamships plied the Pacific coastal waters of North America. At the height of steamship travel in the late 1800s and early 1900s, passengers enjoyed a sit-down dinner served on china with silver flatware. Today, the only places you can still find this china is at flea markets and antique shops or by diving at old dock sites and on shipwrecks.
Pacific Coast Ship China identifies and dates shipping china used along the Pacific Coast of North America. It covers china used on vessels and in-shore establishments of shipping organizations registered in Alaska, the Yukon Territory, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho and Hawaii; it describes patterns used in coastal, intercoastal and transpacific services. In addition to passenger vessels, it documents the china used by freighter operations, oil companies, government services and yacht clubs. This easy-to-use guide identifies more than 280 china patterns. It provides collectors, museum technicians, divers, history buffs and anyone else interested in identifying and dating Pacific Coast ship china with all the information they need. It also includes brief descriptions of 59 Pacific Coast shipping companies
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