About this website

This website was launched in advance of a manuscript about the “high point of sail power” – in the era between 1873 and circa 1898. The ensuing book on maritime history reveals important developments from the ‘powerhouse’ behind the great advances in sailing ships: the River Clyde.

An early picture of ‘County of Peebles’ (launched 1875)

In view of the milestone decision by a Scottish ship-owner, to introduce 4 (rather than 3) masts, the story encapsulates a renowned fleet of 19th Century ‘clipper’ ships registered at Glasgow, Scotland – at the heart of the 19th Century sail-power revolution.


Entitled GONE . . . . “, the book is: “. . . a revealing portrait of the people of R&J Craig of Glasgow, and their fabulous 4-masted sailing ships named after Scottish counties” ~ recognised round the world as Craig’s Counties”.

First Editions of this book are still available. It was initially released in December 2009, by the renowned maritime publisher Brown, Son & Ferguson of Glasgow (book reference – ISBN 978-1-84927-013-7)

The book GONE can be purchased from:

  • any ‘Independent’ Bookshop (especially those selling Maritime/Transport books), including Foyles who were the first to stock it in England
  • direct from the publisher, Brown Son & Ferguson, Glasgow on  +44(0)14-1883-0141 or through their website www.skipper.co.uk 
  • or through Amazon

Since its release, copies have been seen all over the UK. It is also reported in other predominantly maritime nations. They are to be found in the USA, Australia, Holland, Germany, New Zealand, South America, Canada, Sweden, Denmark and the Baltic states, Russia and Greece.