This book is the story, from 1875 until the present day, of one of the greatest ever shipping companies. The Union Steamship Company ofNew Zealand must surely hold the accolade for having owned the largest number oftruly beautiful passenger , ships; both large and small. They were resplendent with their bronze green, yellow banded, hulls and bright pink waterline and always surmounted by a majestic black topped glowing red funnel. As usual volume 32 ofMerchant Fleets includes a basic chronological company history followed by a fleet list of 315 vessels with their technical and career histories. There are also - the largest yet coverage - 218 , scale profiles covering all but 29 ofthe earlier or smaller ships.