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Shipping Wonders of the World

Illustrating Shipping Wonders of the World


A great strength of Shipping Wonders of the World was the illustrations used throughout. The publishers reckoned “over 2,000 illustrations, including 28 in full colour and 108 plates in photogravure” were used in compiling this fascinating and informative part-work.


These pages will explore the richness of these illustrations in more detail, providing further information about the full-colour covers, the colour plates, the photogravure supplements, and the full-page black and white illustrations. See the section below for more information.

RMS "Empress of Britain"


Photogravure Supplements



Every other issue of Shipping Wonders of the World contained a photogravure supplement printed on heavier paper. They were usually bound in the centre of the issue and there are a total of 108 plates.


The following link lists all the photogravure supplements, or click on the image of the RMS “Empress of Britain”.


They also feature within the details of the relevant issue of Shipping Wonders of the World on this website.


Colour Plates



Every other issue of Shipping Wonders of the World contained a full-colour plate. However both parts 1 and 2 contained colour plates, the one in part 2 being a double-page centre-spread. They were usually attached to one of the pages of the issue and there are a total of 28 colour plates.


The following link lists all the colour plates, or click on the image of the clipper “Ariel”.


The colour plates also feature within the details of the relevant issue of Shipping Wonders of the World on this website.


Full-Page Black & White Photographs



Most issues of Shipping Wonders of the World contained at least one full-page photograph.


These are reproduced in the relevant articles from Shipping Wonders of the World on this website.

The "Bremen"The "Ariel"