The gap year is clearly not a recent innovation. The University of Sunderland Press has just published From Tyne to Tsar: A Cargo Steamer's Voyage in 1905 , a young Edwardian's account of the SS Salient 's maiden voyage to Odessa and Gallipoli. Arthur McClelland's trip was a 21st birthday present from his parents. His son, Grigor McClelland, former director of Manchester Business School and now honorary visiting professor at Durham University, recently discovered his father's 248-page notebook recording the trip. He has written an introduction and postscript, and curated the photographs Arthur took during the voyage.