The Solent and Southampton Water with its rivers and creeks were ideal for smuggling, with an easy run from France, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Wight, all centres for smuggling. This booklet looks at the history of smuggling in the area from the 17th Centuary, and the attempts of the authorities to counter it.

The book also tells the story of the development of the Coastguard on the Warsash coast, from the earliest Coastguard Watch Vessels stationed on Hook spit up to the purpose built Coastguard Station in Warsash (now the Warsash Maritime Academy).

The booklet is richly illustrated and provide a fascinating insight into this fascinating chapter of local history.

Cover picture: an extract from Isaac Taylor’s 1759 map of Hampshire, engraved by R Benning.

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