A chronological account of the port and harbour up to 1910. Volume 1 outlines the early history, Durban’s military history and engineers' efforts to turn Durban Bay into a safe harbour. Volume 2 focuses on the ships and cargo that came to the port and shipwrecks of the period. Volume 3 discusses the port captains, marine pilots, tug masters and general workers that built the port, the conditions of their employment and the use of casual and convict labour.
Brian Kearney is Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of Natal. His books include Stern Utility - the wood and iron architecture of Natal and One Hundred Years of the Durban Light Infantry Drill Hall 1904-2004.