For almost 100 years the cargo ships of R Cunningham (Scalpay) Ltd were well known on the West Coast of Scotland and other coastal waters. They carried coal to lighthouses, bottled gas to the islands, steel to the Clyde, in fact, any cargoes to almost anywhere. Using contemporary news articles and reminiscences of those who worked on the ships, it tells of the growth and subsequent decline of the company. It includes details of all the ships, from the earliest sailing vessels to Dutch-built diesel engine coasters. This is the story of a unique shipping company, built up by Roderick Cunningham on the Isle of Scalpay.