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A CENTURY OF STYLE - GREAT SHIPS OF THE UNION LINE 1875-1976
by N.H. Brewer
Reed Wellington 1982
Fine condition
Dustwrapper slightly bumped on corners and top and bottom of spine.
$27
This volume examines the passenger ships that linked New Zealand with Australia, the Pacific Islands
and, at times, North America for a century as well as NZ ports coast-wise. Many of the company's ships
were household names throughout NZ as they were often the mainstay of travel. Brewer has selected 37
ships for inclusion and the text for each is accompanied by a photograph and in some case several internal
pictures or images related to the vessel. Each account describes the ship, its service with the company,
details of incidents or interesting events in its career and its eventual fate. A fleet list of the company's
passenger ships (Appendix II) gives technical details and statistics
A MARITIME HERITAGE - THE LORE OF SAIL IN NEW ZEALAND
by Clifford W. Hawkins
Collins Auckland 1978, revised edition with new illustrations.
Very good condition, some foxing on endpapers and top of page block.
Dustwrapper slightly bumped top and bottom of spine with visible crease front bottom and slight separation at top.
$38
New Zealand's small boat sailors, designers and builders, whose skills are recognised internationally, owe much to their inheritance of a comparatively short, but exceedingly active history of things nautical.
A PACIFIC CRUISE - MUSINGS AND OPINIONS ON ISLAND PROBLEMS
by Sir Thomas Henley
John Sands Ltd Sydney 1930
Inscription, Presentation Copy signed by author
Fair condition, binding loose, faded spine with bumping and tears top and bottom of spine. Endpapers splitting at hinges. Medium foxing throughout and heavily foxed endpapers.
No dustwrapper.
$28
Henley's travels to the Pacific Islands led to publication of A Pacific Cruise and an acrimonious exchange with Sir Joseph Carruthers who criticized his account of the Samoan rebellion. The book deals particularly with Tonga and Samoa and touches on the Samoan troubles with the New Zealand government and the Mau movement.
ANCHOR SHIPS AND ANCHOR MEN - THE HISTORY OF THE ANCHOR SHIPING AND FOUNDRY COMPANY LTD.
by Allan A. Kirk
A.H. & A.W. Reed Wellington 1967
Good second hand, clean inside apart from large previous owner inscription on frontis, slight foxing throughout and foxing on top of page block.
Dustwrapper: bumping and creasing with small 2-3mm tears top and bottom of spine and corners.
$38
The remarkable and romantic history of New Zealand's oldest shipping company, from the formative period of the 1860s right through to the present day, when six fine modern motor vessels of the Anchor Line are playing an important part in the coastal transportation services of their country.
ANCIENT MARINER
by J.R. Grey
Cape Catley Ltd 1982
PB, near new condition with unbumped corners, slightly rubbed spine edges, slight foxing on inside of covers, inside block clean.
$15
Captain Jim Grey's memoir (RNR, FRGS) describes his maritime life from young boyhood to his 92nd year. He spent his life cruising the world in yachts and small ships.
AUSTRALIAN COASTAL SHIPPING
by Barry Pemberton
Melbourne University Press 1979
Signed by author
Very good condition, heavily inscribed by previous owner on front endpaper. Clean inside.
Dustwrapper in good condition with bumping and rubbing at corners. Some small tears on top and bottom of spine and a 1cm tear on top right corner.
$28
The first full-scale historical and geographical study of the development of shipping by Australian shipping companies, mainly on the Australian coast but touching on their overseas interests.
AUSTRALIAN STEAMSHIPS PAST AND PRESENT
by Dickson Gregory
The Richards Press Ltd London 1928
Good to very good second hand, slit on top of spine professionally repaired. Binding tight, despite heavy weight of book the endpapers are not splitting at the hinge. Some mild foxing throughout as would be expected with a book of this age. Bookplate and small handwritten inscription by previous owner.
No dustwrapper. A heavy book.
$200
A valuable contribution to the history of Steam Navigation in general, not withstanding that its special object is to trace its development in Australian waters from earliest beginnings to the present time. In 1831 the Sophia Jane, 256 gross tonnage and 50h.p., created great excitement as the first steamship to enter Sydney Harbour. From this it is a far cry to the present epoch of great floating palaces, with wondrous engines, measuring their tonnage and horse-power by scores of thousands, and able, through the marvel of wireless, to keep in touch with the world on the most distant courses. The volume includes a short life history and ultimate fate of almost every Australian vessel.
BEANCAKER TO BOXBOAT - STEAMSHIP COMPANIES IN CHINESE WATERS
by H.W. Dick and S.A. Kentwell
The Nautical Association of Australia Inc. Canberra 1988
Fine condition.
Dustwrapper near fine apart from slight bumping top and bottom of spine, and small repaired rent in middle of spine. A heavy book.
$100
Of all the seas conquered by steamships in the 19th century, none has exercised such fascination as those around the China Coast. Apart from all natural and man-made hazards, the unique institutions of the treaty ports and extraterritoriality, the omni-present gunboats, the dynamic interplay of western and Chinese business, and the richness of life ashore made it a world of its own. After 1949, but for Hong Kong, it was a world that had disappeared. Some of the smaller China Coast companies soon became defunct. The big names such as Jardines and Swires, however, diversified into regional and deepsea liner operators and eventually made the transition to the age of containerships and bulk carriers. Nor were the Chinese firms very far behind. The venerable China Merchant S.N. Co. still survives as Yang-ming, while the relative newcomer in C.Y. Tung has today become one of the main containership and tanker operators in the world. China has had its revenge.
BLUE WATER - A TALE OF BLUE WATER FISHERMEN
by Frederick William Wallace
Hodder & Stoughton 1914, First edition
Good to very good for its age, some rubbing to edges of cloth spine and bumping to top and bottom of spine but no tears. Some foxing throughout, mostly on exterior page block, and endpapers as to be expected. Two bookplates.
No dustwrapper.
$38
The various characters represented in this tale are drawn from life and are by no means extraordinary of their class. The incidents at sea described within are not unusual, the writer having made use of experiences common to the lot of the deep-sea fishermen of America's Atlantic coast. The author has portrayed the characteristics of the most fearless, skilful, and daring type of seafarers left in this latter-day age of steam.
BRITISH BULK CARRIERS 1945-1979
by I.G. Stewart
I.G.S. Marine Publishers Perth 1979
Very good condition for a spiral bound volume, the plastic ringbinder is intact and strong. Light card covers have some foxing but are not torn and only slight bumping if any
$35
BRITISH TANKERS 1945-1955
by I.G. Stewart
I.G.S. Marine Publishers Perth 1979
Very good condition for a spiral bound volume, the plastic ringbinder is intact and strong. Light card covers have some foxing but are not torn and only slight bumping if any
$38
BRITISH TANKERS AND GAS CARRIERS 1955-1979
by I.G. Stewart
I.G.S. Marine Publishers Perth 1979
Very good condition for a spiral bound volume, the plastic ringbinder is intact and strong. Light card covers have some foxing but are not torn and only slight bumping if any
$55
CANTERBURY COASTERS
by Gavin McLean with illustrations by S.V. Lampard (HB)
NZ Ship and Marine Society 1987, Signed by author and illustrator and Jack Churchouse with dedication to Joe Henry, co-founder of NZ Ship and Marine Society. First edition.
Very good condition. Slight bumping top and bottom of spine, little or no foxing.
Dustwrapper has slight bumping top and bottom of spine but no tears.
$45
Canterbury Steam Shipping Company ships sailed on NZ coastal trades for more than 60 years after the company was formed in 1904. It did not remain totally independent for many years, becoming part owned by the monopolistic Union Steam Ship Company, but continued trading under it origina name, becoming coloquillay known as the Black Funnel" line. Gavin McLean's study of the company is based mainly on his access to its archives and some startling revelations of intrigue and manipulation emerge. However, the company was typical of its many counterparts and competitors who eventually had to surrender to the pressures of changes to trading patterns, improvements and convenience by other forms of transport and economic hard truths. The author has produced a fine record of the company, which will be long remembered, particularly at South Island ports.
CLIPPER SHIP TO MOTOR LINER - THE STORY OF THE NEW ZEALAND SHIPPING
COMPANY 1873-1939
by Sydney D. Waters
The New Zealand Shipping Company Ltd London 1939
Good second hand, slight discolouration and minor foxing inside, binding excellent.
Dustwrapper of very lightweight paper has multiple creases and tears and is a bit loose. Slight discolouration but is largely intact.
$26
Published shortly before the outbreak of WWII, in which the company was to lose many ships, to record the history of the NZSCo from 1873 to 1939 it also covers the associated Federal Steam Navigation Co. As the name suggests the company was closely connected with the NZ trade, in terms of both cargo and passengers and the evolution of these ties are thoroughly examined. A feature of the book is the eight excellent collotype plates, art and photo, showing vessels from clippers to motor ships. 110 pages, concluding with two fleet lists
COOK'S WILD STRAIT - THE INTERISLAND STORY
by David MacIntyre, Michael Field with Christine Quinn
A.H. & A.W. Reed Wellington 1983
Very good condition.
Dustwrapper is slightly discoloured with slight bumping to edges and top and bottom.
$34
The shapely steamers and picturesque little scows have now disappeared from its waters, but Cook Strait still has a fascinating story to tell.
EARLY NEW ZEALAND STEAMERS - VOLUME 1 - THE PIONEERING YEARS 1840-1861
by J.D. Wilkinson and H.C. Berry (illustrator)
Maritime Historical Productions Wellington 1966
Good second hand with little or no foxing.
Dustwrapper is discoloured and chipped.
Signed by author
$38
This is the story of the pioneer steamers that traded around the New Zealand coast and visited our shores from overseas during the period 1840-1861. Large numbers of ships are covered in detail in relation to the colony's historical and economical development. It is widely illustrated with paintings and sketches by H.C. Berry.
ELLERMANS - A WEALTH OF SHIPPING
by James Taylor
Wilton House Gentry London 1976
Fine condition with small foxing on pages adjacent to endpaper and on top of page block, binding excellent.
Dustwrapper has small bumping top and bottom of spine, red colours on spine are faded.
$48
A full and detailed history of the Ellerman Lines in both peace and in war, intertwined with a complete biography of its founder Sir John Ellerman. The book also provides concise histories of Ellerman Line's associated companies, namely Pappayani and Co; George Smith and Sons; The City Line; Montgomerie and Workman; Robert Alexander and Co; The Hall Line; The Westcott and Lawrence Line; Bucknalls; Thomas Wilson and Co. and The Wilson Line. Includes Fleet Lists.
EMPIRE SHIPS OF WORLD WAR II
by W.H. Mitchell and L.A. Sawyer
The Journal of Commerce and Shipping Telegraph Ltd. 1965
Good second hand, glossy pictorial cover boards with minimal bumping top and bottom of spine and corners, binding very tight. Small discolouration throughout but minimal focing except pages adjacent to frontis. Large inscription of previous owner on front endpaper. An exceptional copy for this style of binding. Published without dustwrapper.
$48
Vessels built in British yards, purchased, requisitioned, captured and confiscated from the enemy and controlled by the Ministry of Shipping which renamed them using the `Empire' prefix. Included cargoes, tankers, colliers, tugs etc.
EXPRESS STEAMERS OF COOK STRAIT
by Allan A. Kirk
A.H. & A.W. Reed 1968
Very good condition, almost no discolouration or foxing.
Dustwrapper with some bumping and rubbing mostly on top of corners and spint. No major tears.
$32
A popular history of passengers services connecting New Zealand's North and South Island via Cook Strait from 1875 to the 1960s, with a postcript regarding the 1968 Wahine wreck which occurred after the manuscript was in the printer's hands.
EXPRESS STEAMERS OF COOK STRAIT
by Allan A. Kirk
A.H. & A.W. Reed 1968
Good second hand. Boards faded but clean in side.
Dustwrapper has some chipping, rubbing and small tears, the largest 2cm at top of right corner.
$28
A popular history of passengers services connecting New Zealand's North and South Island via Cook Strait from 1875 to the 1960s, with a postcript regarding the 1968 Wahine wreck which occurred after the manuscript was in the printer's hands.
FAIR WINDS AND ROUGH SEAS - THE STORY OF THE HOLM SHIPPING COMPANY
by Allan A. Kirk
A.H. & A.W. Reed 1975
Good second hand, almost no discolouration or foxing except on top of page block.
Dustwrapper has some bumping and rubbing mostly on top of corners and spine with no major tears.
$28
The little ships of Holm have been familiar visitors to every port in New Zealand ever since 1880, when Swedish-born Ferdinand Holm bought a share in the barque Malay. His grandson Captain John Holm, built up a fleet of ships that traded not only in New Zealand's coastal waters but also across to Australia, to the Pacific Islands and ventured into the Antarctic. This book tells the story, and it is a brave one. The Holms had to face and beat keen competition and economic recessions as well as the built-in hazards of wind and weather.
FAIR WINDS AND ROUGH SEAS - THE STORY OF THE HOLM SHIPPING COMPANY
by Allan A. Kirk
A.H. & A.W. Reed 1975
Good second hand. A little discoloured inside with a fairly large inscription of previous owner.
Dustwrapper with chipping and bumping on spine and corners including a 2cm tear on bottom front corner.
$28
The little ships of Holm have been familiar visitors to every port in New Zealand ever since 1880, when Swedish-born Ferdinand Holm bought a share in the barque Malay. His grandson Captain John Holm, built up a fleet of ships that traded not only in New Zealand's coastal waters but also across to Australia, to the Pacific Islands and ventured into the Antarctic. This book tells the story, and it is a brave one. The Holms had to face and beat keen competition and economic recessions as well as the built-in hazards of wind and weather.
FALMOUTH FOR ORDERS - THE STORY OF THE LAST CLIPPER SHIP RACE AROUND
CAPE HORN
by Alan Villiers
Patrick Stephens London 1972
Very good condition. A NZ Ship and Marine Society bookplate and stamp on front endpaper. A little foxing on endpapers and adjacent pages, and on page block edges. Otherwise excellent.
Dustwrapper very good in plastic wrap with no tape stains.
$32
The story of the race between the Herzogin Cecilie and the Beatrice, with 41 superb black and white photos, repoduced from the original 1930 edition.
FITTED FOR THE VOYAGE
by Michael Page
Rigby Ltd Adelaide 1975
Very good condition, slight discolouration and a little foxing on page block edges.
Dustwrapper is bumped at corners and top of spine, but no tears or chips.
$40
In 1875 a group of South Australians formed a company to run two passenger ships between Adelaide and Melbourne. The service was popular but had to fight fierce competition. In the struggle against competitors, the directors and staff of The Adelaide Steamship Company extended into one trade after another and built Australia's largest shipping company. In this book, the ventures and adventures of Company men and the ships they served are woven into a narrative covering an important segment of Australian social history. It is a story of successes and failures, endeavours and rewards, during a century of revolutionary change.
FROM AMERICA TO UNITED STATES - THE HISTORY OF THE LONG-RANGE
MERCHANT SHIPBUILDING PROGRAMME OF THE U.S. MARITIME COMMISSION
by L.A. Sawyer and W.H. Mitchell
In four parts, World Ship Society 1979, 1981, 1984, 1986
Four PBs. Very good condition, spines uncreased but with a little bumping and rubbing. Covers age discoloured but pages are clean and bright inside and bindings are tight.
$120
When the USA entered the war in 1941, their shipyards began to step-up an immense shipbuilding programme which had begun in 1938 when a Commission had been organized to rebuild the US merchant fleet with a programme of 50 ships a year for 10 years. By 1939 this had been increased to 100 per year; by 1940 to 200; by 1941 to 400; by 1942 to 800; and by 1943 to an amazing 1000 vessels per annum. Much of this tonnage was made up by emergency types which included 2,700 Liberty ships. These and other types are described in these four volumes.
(I) Includes the S/S AMERICA, the C1, C1-M and P types.
(II) Includes the C2, R, C4 and C5 types.
(III) Includes C3, V and L6 types ; plus wood and concrete ships.
(IV) Includes the N5 and S types ; post-war liners including the S/S UNITED STATES, the C3-S-DX1 prototypes and miscellaneous ships. This volume provides numerical lists of all USMC hull numbers with the Yard Numbers and ship types.
The four volumes are profusely illustrated with photographs, line drawings, etc., and provide an essential source of reference for Allied wartime merchant ships
FROM CAPE TO CAPE - THE HISTORY OF THE LYLE SHIPPING CO.
by John Orbell with Edwin Green and Michael Moss
Paul Harris Publishing Edinburgh 1978
Very good condition, very clean and bright inside.
Dustwrapper near new, slight bumping on top of spine and corners, possible age discolouration.
$30 large
The History of Lyle Shipping from 1791-1977. From the days of sail to bulk carriers and North Sea oil. It is heavily illustrated with photographs and diagrams and the extensive appendices include comprehensive ship lists from 1791-1977.
FROM DERBY TO BURKETOWN - THE A.U.S.N. STORY
by N.L. McKellar
University of Queensland Press 1977
Very good condition, inside is clean and quite bright, no discolouration. One small previous owner's stamp on frontis. Binding excellent for a heavy book.
Dustwrapper in fair condition, intact with some bumping and small tears up to 5mm top and bottom of spine and corners. The plasticated coating is separating at edges.
$28
Against a background of significant historical and political events, this book records the fascinating and lively history of the Australian United Steam Navigation Company - a history inextricably linked to the history of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Many illustrations.
GERMAN SURFACE VESSELS 1 - NAVIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR
by H.T. Lenton
MacDonald London 1966
Good condition, previous owner's name and stamp inside. Endpaper intact with no splitting hinges but binding is a little loose.
Dustwrapper in good condition with small tear mended, and minor chipping and slight tears top and bottom.
$26
During the war British - and later all Allied - mercantile trade faced the two-pronged threat posed by German submarines and by German surface vessels. Listed here are the regular warships of the German Navy, both those completed and those whose construction was subsequently abandoned or only projected. Primarily due to the curtailment of the `Z' plan, it was not exactly a balanced fleet, but this in no way lessened the constant threat it offered to Allied sea communications while it remained a fleet in being.
GOLD FLEET FOR CALIFORNIA
by Charles Bateson
Minerva Auckland 1963. Another edition was published by Ure Smith, Sydney 1963. Unclear which is the first edition.
Very good condition, endpapers mint with pictorial foldout. A little foxing on top page block. Side page block rough cut. Inside clean and bright.
Dustwrapper, metallic, slightly rubbed with bumping and slight splitting but overall very good condition.
$30
When in 1848 gold was found in California, a rush began that within two years had drawn a quarter of a million people from all round the globe. It was the greatest migration since the Crusades. Seven thousand Australians and New Zealanders responded to the lure. They jostled for berths in ships making the long haul to San Francisco - vessels ranging from big sailing ships to little cutters of under twenty tons, some of them unseaworthy, many of them shockingly overcrowded and under-provisioned. In 1849-50 there were over 200 sailings from Australia and New Zealand. The fastest ship crossed im 68 days. the slowest in 271. Several were wrecked, and one - only one - went missing: an unlucky schooner named the `I Don't Know.' Few of these Forty-Niners struck it rich. Life on the goldfields was hard, and many were glad to earn the price of a ticket home.
GREAT SEA STORIES OF ALL NATIONS
by H.M. Tomlinson (editor)
George G. Harrap & Co. 1930
Very good condition. Thin rice paper, discoloured with some foxing especially near endpaper. Binding is a little shaky but intact. A little rubbing top and bottom of spine and corners of cloth covers. Some impact damage resulting in a rent and indent about 1cm diameter on back over. Otherwise very good condition.
No dustwrapper.
$15
An entertaining anthology of tales of the sea, from ancient times to the modern era, from all over the world.
GREEN SAILORS TO GIBRALTAR - THE SEVENTH GREEN SAILORS ADVENTURE
by Gilbert Hackforth-Jones with Jean Main and David Cobb (illustrators)
Hodder and Stoughton London 1957
Fair second hand, ex-school library. Inside endpaper has the dustwrapper blurb pasted down on pictorial endpaper with old yellowing tape and ex-library card pocket detritus on back pictorial endpaper. Binding good, some foxing throughout. Top of cloth cover bumped and rubbed away, spine faded.
$48
One in a series of juvenile fiction. Uncle George decides to sell his well-loved boat Rag Doll so that he can buy a larger boat to sail across the Atlantic to the West Indies. In Rag Doll II, a superb new boat, they set sail for Gibraltar together through February gales, and take on board a sinister Turk...
GUARDS OF THE SEA
by Don Grady
Whitcoulls Christchurch 1978
Very good condition, inside clean and bright.
Dustwrapper has some bumping and slight discolouration top and bottom, especially either side of spine. Slight tears repaired.
$40
The life and times of this early European whaling and fishing family from Port Underwood, Marlborough Sounds.
HAIN OF ST. IVES
by K.J. O'Donoghue and H.S. Appleyard
World Ship Society 1986
PB, very good condition, bottom corner of page block and card covers are bumped with a crease from front to back
$18
The Hain Steamship Company was founded in St. Ives Cornwall and remained a major force in shipping until its takeover by P&O in 1917. Includes numerous monochrome photographs (a number full-page) throughout, a coloured plate of house insignia, and a detailed fleet list.
HARBOUR AT THE SUGAR LOAVES - A CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF THE TARANAKI
HARBOUR BOARD
by A.B. Scanlan
Taranaki Harbours Board 1975
Very good condition, inside clean and bright, two previous owner signatures on front endpaper, otherwise clean and bright.
Dustwrapper slightly rubbed, not much bumping. A couple small tears 6mm maximum.
$24
The story of Port Taranaki is the story of people and the sea. Today, Port Taranaki, modern, well-equipped, well served by the skills and resourcefulness of its people, is ready to face the great challenges that lie ahead.
HISTORY OF THE UNION STEAM SHIP COMPANY OF NEW ZEALAND LTD 1875-1940
Union Steamship Company 1940
Good second hand, sturdy binding, marked cloth covers, clean inside with slight discolouration and little or no foxing.
No dustwrapper.
$32
The story of a Company of world-wide scope which was founded and managed in New Zealand. Issued by the Company in Commemoration of the Centenary of British Settlement in New Zealand.
HULL DOWN
by P.A. Eaddy
Andrew Melrose Ltd London 1933
Good second hand condition, binding slightly shaky. Some markings on cloth covers, small bumping and rubbing at top and bottom of spine, front endpaper torn out with clean ruler tear. Slight foxing and discolouration as expected for age of book.
$25
A fascinating work on sea lore and sea legends and the days of the famous sailing ships. Eaddy takes the reader from loading timber on the New Zealand coast to Sydney, Valpariso, Cape Horn, and back to England on the barquantine "St.Elmo". The characters are fictionalised.
ISLES OF ESCAPE - THE ADVENTURES OF ROY BRISTOW
by Sidney Howard
G. Bells & Sons Ltd London 1934
Good condition for a scarce title, albeit a `cheap edition.' Endpaper slightly discoloured and slight foxing throughout. Binding tight.
Dustwrapper has some bumping and rubbing, discolouration and fading on spine. Some chipping and tears have been cleanly repaired.
$120
The adventures of Roydon Bristow who answered an advert for 'adventurers wanted' to help sail a ketch from Lisbon to New Guinea. Bristow left the boat at the Galapagos Islands where he remained for nine months. He later continued his voyage to the Marquesas and Tahiti.
LEONARD ROBERTSON, THE WHANGAROA AND LA BELLA
by Jack Churchouse
Millwood Press Wellington 1982
Very good condition, inside very clean and bright but binding slightly loose at top with 16mm tear at hinge of back endpaper.
Dustwrapper has slight discolouration and a few marks. Little or no bumping or tears.
$38
For Leonard Robertson his experiences in the sailing ships that once graced these and trans-Tasman waters around the end of the 19th century were always a high point of his interesting career. Indeed nothing gave him greater pleasure than to yarn about the ships, seafarers, ports and the life now part of an era all but forgotten. Fortunately these experiences were recorded, thereby allowing a fugitive glimpse of this challenging and adventurous life. Among the first sailing ships in which Leonard Robertson served was the three-masted topsail scow Whangaroa, built in 1893 and abandoned in mid-Tasman in 1911 when her bottom fell out. The career of this colourful scow has been pieced together from newspaper reports of the day. The steel barqentine La Bella, in which Leonard Robertson was second mate when she was wrecked in tragic circumstances, was a typical inter-colonial trader. What sets her apart are her owner's business records which have survived, thereby allowing a fascinating insight to be gained into ship-owning in that era. Little has been written about New Zealand's sailing ships and so this volume fills an important gap in our maritime literature. It is richly enhanced with numerous beautiful photographs as well as documents, making the book a treasure in itself.
LION OF THE CHINA SEA - A HISTORY OF THE EASTERN AND AUSTRALIAN STEAMSHIP
CO. LTD.
by William Olson
P&O Australia Ltd 1976
Very good condition, inside has slight discolouration, otherwise near mint for age.
Dustwrapper very good other than slight fading on spine, little or no bumping or rubbing.
$20
Trade was an urgent need for the infant colony of Australia. Primary producing Queensland was in particular need of a link with the Malay Peninsula - arrival point for passenger and cargo liners sailing to South East Asia from England. The result was a shipping line that was to blossom through more than 100 years and emerge as a vital part of Australia's economy. This book is the history of the E & A Line, tracing the line through all its trials and tribulations, and successes.
LITTLE SHIPS OF PATEA
by Ian Church
The Dunmore Press Ltd Palmerston North 1977
Good second hand, inside near new, clean and bright. Binding excellent.
Dustwrapper has small markings, discolouration and bumping at top and bottom of spine and corners, There is a 1cm tear on back top corner of dustwrapper.
$70
The rise and demise of Patea's port was typical of the numerous local harbours around the New Zealand coast. Situated near the mouth of the Patea River, on the south Taranaki coast, its first commercial use was in the 1830s when a trade in flax with Australia developed, but in the 1860s it became important for military purposes as the Taranaki phase of the land wars developed. A settlement was established near the river entrance and when hostilities ceased in 1869 settlers returned to take up land abandoned during the Taranaki campaign and the port's location moved upsteam where a permanent town was built. By this time Patea had already seen the loss of a number of ships, mainly small coastal sailing craft. The Port of Patea was officially established in February 1871 and construction of a jetty began. As farming increased so did the importance of the port. A number of small shipping companies were formed with Patea their home port trading in dairy produce, meat, wool, general cargo, coal and fuel. By the early 1900s trade through Patea began to fluctuate due to the growth of the railways, and later road transport, along with the navigational difficulties of ships using the port and experiencing frequent groundings and some losses. The port survived the Depression but faced more disruption during World War II. In 1965 administration was transferred to the Taranaki Harbours Board after a number of failed attempts to revive Patea. An important record of one of many New Zealand ports.
LOG OF THE HUIA
by Clifford W. Hawkins
Collins 1973, third revised edition.
This edition is completely revised, extended and redesigned, with many new illustrations.
Very good condition, inside clean and bright, binding strong, minimal foxing on page block edges.
Dustwrapper somewhat discoloured, faded on spine, a bit of bumping top and bottom.
$30
The Huia was a topsail schooner launched at Aratapu, in New Zealand's Northland on 20 June 1894. She sailed as a cargo carrier until 1951, around the shores of New Zealand, across the Tasman, and the Pacific. She ended her days wrecked on the Komekame Reef. A prosaic sounding history, but in fact quite otherwise, for the Huia sailed these fifty-odd years on some of the most dangerous waters in the world. Clifford Hawkins has indefatigably compiled the story from many sources; he has even sailed a voyage or two as crew, and his fascination with the sea and sail comes through strongly in the narrative, which makes good reading for everyone interested in sail. But what makes this book possibly unique is the truly magnificent collection of photographs taken over the years. It is rarely that the verity of being at sea under sail is brought out so powerfully on paper, and as an added bonus all the facts about the Huia are here, from the kauri which made her keel, to complete diagrams of rigging, sails, flags, accommodation.
MASTER IN SAIL
by Captain James S. Learmont
Percival Marshall London 2nd revised edition 1954
Good condition with good binding. Wellington Harbour Board plate and previous owner inscription. Discoloured pages throughout but minimal foxing, mainly on page block edges. Some rubbing to top and bottom of green cloth spine, and bumping on corners.
No dustwrapper.
$35
"I have set down a description of conditions at sea in sailing-ships in my time, from 1887 to 1910, and of my own experiences in them as sailor, mate and master, with some account of the handling of ship's business at various ports. In the past there must have been thousands of men who could have told the same story, but they did not do so, and I hope that my endeavour will be appreciated."
MATE IN SAIL
by Captain James Gaby
Antipodean Publishers Pty. Ltd. 1974
Very good condition, clean and bright inside, binding good.
Dustwrapper intact but has multiple tears and chips, and bumps to corners. The largest tear is 2-3cm on back top corner of spine
$30
Mate in Sail was written by a sea captain, one of the last of his breed now living and writing about the great sailing ships and the men who worked them. Captain Gaby brings these men and their era to life again as they climbed the high masts, fought high wind and weather, brawled and died. He tells the story of his life as a sailor and later as an officer. It is the men who make this book live and the magnificent combination of sea art, living history, and human insight make it a unique event in Australian publishing. There are over 100 illustrations including full-colour paintings, and archival photographs.
MERCHANT FLEETS IN PROFILE - VOLUME 1. - THE SHIPS OF THE P&O, ORIENT AND ANCHOR LINES
by Duncan Haws with Stephen Rabson
Patrick Stephens Cambridge 1978
Very good condition, inside clean, slightly discoloured throughout but minimal foxing. Binding tight.
Dustwrapper has slight fading, and is bumped on top and bottom.
$28
The first in a long series of fleet lists of merchant shipping companies both British and foreign. This book describes the ships owned by P&O, Orient Line, and Blue Anchor. There is a chronology of the main events in the history of each company, and detailed illustrated Fleet Lists with numerous scale profile drawings (150 feet to the inch) of almost every vessel from early paddle steamers and tugs to luxury passenger liners and giant tankers. The demise of Blue Anchor Line before the First World War was hastened by the tragedy of their passenger ship Waratah which mysteriously disappeared without trace homeward-bound from Australia in 1909. As with all the books in this series, the author provides an invaluable source of reference.
MERCHANT SHIPS - BRITISH BUILT, 1952
By Colin Stewart (compiler)
Adlard Coles Ltd Southampton 1953
Cloth covers clean but with some rubbing and fraying on top and bottom of spine. Gilt titles rubbed but still visible. Binding good but front endpaper has been removed exposing front hinge. Previous owner's name in blue stamp on title page. Book contains tidy research additions and corrections throughout in pen.
No dustwrapper.
$20
A statistical and visual record of ships completed at British shipyards during 1952. These completed vessels are listed and illustrated, together with a few extra miscellaneous craft.
MERCHANT SHIPS OF THE WORLD IN COLOUR, 1910-1929
by Laurence Dunn
Macmillan Publishing Co. Inc. New York 1975
Good to very good with some slight discolouration throughout and staining on top of page block seeping into the top of first eight or so pages.
Dustwrapper has some bumping.
$15
Merchant Ships of the World in Colour presents (in four volumes) a pictorial survey of the merchant ship and ocean liner, tramp steamer, freighter, and tanker - and their development during the last one hundred years.
METCALF MOTOR COASTERS LTD. 1924-1965
by P.N. Quartermaine
Garside & Mackie, The Guardian Press 1965
Eight page booklet. 5mm split at top of spine, otherwise near new
$14
A history and fleet list of the company with black and white photographs
'NEATH SWAYING SPARS - THE STORY OF THE TRADING SCOWS OF NEW ZEALAND
by P.A. Eaddy
Whitcombe & Tombs Ltd 1943, 2nd edition, HB
Good second hand, blue cloth cover. Some mild foxing and discolouration throughout, top page block heavily foxed. Binding good but slightly rolled.
Dustwrapper lightweight and heavily discoloured, bumped with tears as is common with this title.
$26
Flat bottom, shallow draft, sailing scows were vital to New Zealand's transport system from the latter 1800s to well into the 1900s. Eaddy, who sailed in many of these craft made a fine contribution to New Zealand maritime history when his book was first published in 1939, when many scows were still in service, now mostly with motors added. He tells the tale of these ships well, having been there and experienced them first-hand.
NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHY - VOLUME 1 TO 1889, PART 1 - A-M
by Austin Graham Bagnall (editor)
Government Printer Wellington 1980
Good to very good second hand. Black cloth cover has some marks, titles on spine a bit faded, spine and corners are clean and unbumped. Inside has very slight page discolouration, otherwise clean and tidy, binding tight.
No dustwrapper
$32
NEW ZEALAND SHIPWRECKS 1795-1960
by C.W.N. Ingram and P.O. Wheatley
A.H. & A.W. Reed Wellington 3rd edition 1961
Good second hand. Binding quite tight. Edges age discoloured throughout with very minor foxing, especially on page block edges. Large previous owner's inscription on front endpaper along with tape stain and tear abrasion from previous dustwrapper taping.
Dustwrapper heavily rubbed down edges and bumped and chipped on top and bottom of spine.
$48
New Zealand Shipwrecks is essentially a work of reference, recording a total of 1750 shipping casualties over a period of 165 years. It is eminently readable and contains many epic accounts of disasters in which courage, endurance and self-sacrifice were particularly evident. Lengthy reports are given of wrecks of unusual consequence or drama such as the Orpheus, Elingamite, Manuka, Wairarapa, Wiltshire, Niagara and Wanganella, but the book also gives the essential details of every known shipping loss, down to the smallest schooners and commercial fishing vessels.
OCEAN LINERS 1984 - VOLUME ONE
by Bob Fildes
SeaRail Productions Sydney 1984
Good condition. Inside has minimal discolouration and foxing. Binding good at present but vulnerable. Card covers are slightly age discoloured with a little curling on the corners. No tears, and spine in good condition.
$20
A study of ocean-going ships worldwide covering passenger and cruising ships, container ships, roll/on and roll/off ships and cargo liners.
OCEAN SHIPS
by Bert Moody
Ian Allan Ltd London 1971
Very good condition. A little discolouration, especially on the endpapers, but inside is clean and tidy.
Dustwrapper is in a plastic cover. A little discolouration. .
$18
This volume contains fleet lists of the major ocean-going merchant shipping companies of the world, with details of the funnel and hull colours of each company. The information given for each vessel includes date built, gross tonnage, length, breadth and speed, together with the type of engines. In addition, the former names of all the ships listed are given and in the case of tankers the deadweight tonnage is also quoted. Over 250 illustrations are included.
OCEAN SHIPS
by Bert Moody
Ian Allan Ltd London, 5th Edition 1974
Very good condition. A little discolouration, especially on the endpapers, but inside is clean and tidy. Some slight splits in the back endpaper hinge.
Dustwrapper is in a plastic cover. A little discolouration.
$18
The fleet lists of many of the principal ocean-going merchant shipping companies of the world can be seen at a glance. This edition has an addition section dealing with cruise ships which are not covered in the main fleet lists. There are nearly 300 illustrations, the majority being of modern ships thus giving a wide representative selection of ships of the day.
OTAGO HARBOUR - CURRENTS OF CONTROVERSY
by Gavin McLean
Otago Harbour Board 1985
Very good condition. Blue leather bound, gilt titles on spine are clean and bright. No tears or bumping. Inside is clean and bright with minimal age discolouration and no foxing.
$38
This is an independent, critical history of the Port of Otago by well known historian Gavin McLean. It is a highly readable account of a beautiful harbour and its often romantic past.
OUT OF AUCKLAND - A SURVEY OF THE COMMERCIAL SAILING CRAFT BUILT IN THE AUCKLAND PROVINCE AND IN PARTICULAR THOSE SAILING OUT OF AUCKLAND WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF THEIR TRADE
by Clifford Hawkins
C.W. Hawkins Auckland 1960
Good condition, ex Ship and Marine Society Library with library pocket remains on back endpaper, and stamp on both endpapers, the title page, and a few randomly throughout. Inside is clean and bright with minimal discolouration and little or no foxing.
Dustwrapper is on thin paper, browned, heavily chipped and torn, but carefully repaired.
Signed by author
$32
In compiling this book Clifford Hawkins put his accumulated personal knowledge, plus the results of extensive research, to good use and good purpose. His associations were practical as well as knowledge-based, for he sailed on the scow Rangi and brigantine Aratapu, the former being the last commercial sailing vessel based in Auckland. However, his story begins with the small sailing craft built for the missions in the Bay of Islands in the early 1800s. Consequently, with coastal shipping the main means of communication and transport in early NZ, shipbuilding was quickly established, with many yards located in harbours and on rivers throughout the Auckland province, but mainly in Auckland and on the Kaipara Harbour where fine schooners for coastal, trans-Tasman and South Pacific service were built. The last of these ships took the water in the early years of the 1900s. The author has compiled an unembellished, but vivid and comprehensive account, complemented with an outstanding collection of illustrations, showing the ships and the men who built and sailed them in his expansive and interesting story of the golden age of the small sailing ships operating Out of Auckland
PACIFIC LINERS 1927-72
by Frederick Emmons
Leonard Fullerton Auckland 1973
Very good condition. Inside is extremely clean and tidy, lightly foxed on top of page block.
Dustwrapper has slight bumping on corners and top of spine.
$25
This survey of liners operating over the Pacific from 1927 to 1972 covers sea travel regular services at their peak and as the end neared for time-table sailings. For the 50 years under study more than 250 ships are noted with 225 illustrated by the author's constant scale profile line drawings. Ships operated by Britain, New Zealand, Australia, the United States, Japan, France, Holland, Italy, Greece and Taiwan are listed. Building dates are from the early 1900s to 1960s. A compact, but comprehensive record of Pacific liner services over their final half-century.
PADDY HENDERSON - THE STORY OF P. HENDERSON AND COMPANY
by Dorothy Laird
George Outram & Co. Ltd 1961
Very good condition. Ship and Marine Society bookplate and remains from library pocket on front endpaper, and library stamps. A little foxing on page block edges, otherwise clean and bright.
Dustwrapper has some bumping and rubbing on top and bottom of spine and corners. 1cm tear on top front corner.
$55
The Clydeside shipping company Patrick Henderson & Co was founded in 1834 by Patrick and his three brothers and operated a fleet of ships sailing between Glasgow, New Zealand and Burma, carrying cargo, the Royal Mail and passengers until 1952. This detailed history of `Paddy Henderson', as the line was affectionately known, also includes a fascinating account of its huge Burmese river fleet, the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company.
PHANTOM FLEET - THE SCOWS AND SCOWMEN OF AUCKLAND
by Ted Ashby
A.H. & A.W. Reed 1975
Very Good condition. Large previous owner's inscription on front endpaper, otherwise clean and tidy and binding tight.
Dustwrapper in good condition, multiple small tears top and bottom but none more than 20mm.
$60
Auckland's Phantom Fleet consisted of the little deck scows and hold scows that played so important a part in the building of a great city. Between 1873 and the 1920s, no fewer than 125 of these ketches and schooners were built, the largest being the Niccol masterpiece, the three masted topsail schooner Zingara, 128 feet, launched in 1906. Of all these ships only a handful is still afloat, dieselised travesties of their former graceful selves, their numbers dwindling year by year. This book is their memorial. It brings the ships and their men into sharp focus, the work they did, the hardships they faced - Echo's misadventures, for example, show the pattern: over a period of 35 years she was stranded 11 times, was in 6 collisions, and twice caught fire. Others foundered more than once, or were wrecked outright, but yet, simple and rugged in build, as often as not lived on to sail again another day. The hard labour of pushing loaded shingle barrows up a 14-inch plank on one wheel and one leg: the battles of wits between the scowmen and the crafty merchants, who usually held the winning cards; salty yarns of even saltier characters; the ships themselves, each with her own personality; grim accidents, comic incidents - Ashby gives us all these and at first hand, as he has spent 50 years as scowman, skipper, and a rebuilder of the scows. His 118 photographs form a gallery of interest and his four sea poems tingle with nostalgia. For good measure he has included a comprehensive register of the 125 vessels that are now, alas, no more than a Phantom Fleet.
PIONEERS OF THE SEVEN SEAS
by Alan Villiers
Routledge & Kegan Paul, London 1956
Good condition. Has had a plastic cover taped over the blurb on the inner flaps leaving tape remnants. Ex library pocket remains on back endpaper. A Jack Churchouse book plate and inscription on front endpaper and Ship and Marine Society library stamps. Foxing on endpaper but interior clean and tidy.
Dustwrapper has bumping and rubbing top and bottom, ex-library label residue on lower spine.
$25
Villiers aims at a general background of the subject of shipping by the individual treatment of the more arresting and important of the pioneers. His pages teem with colourful figures from the true pioneers - the Chinese, the Polynesians, the Indians, the Egyptians, Arabs and Phoenicians - to the Vikings and Henry the Navigator with his school at Sagres, from which all our European sea routes sprang.
PORT AND PEOPLE - CENTURY AT THE PORT OF NAPIER
by H.K. Stevenson
The Hawke's Bay Harbour Board 1977
Good condition, clean and bright, no markings. Some foxing on pages adjacent to decorative endpapers. A little foxing on page block. Binding very tight. A heavy book. Single volume only - the PB supplement (End of an Era) is not present.
Dustwrapper has a large 3cm tear on front cover and slight chipping top and bottom of spine and corners but mostly all present, clean and bright.
$50
Port and People is dedicated to everybody who, over the last 100 years, planned and worked to build an all-weather deep-water port for Hawke's Bay. This comprehensive history of the port starts with the days of James Cook, the early days of formation of the harbour, John Goodall's Breakwater, the catastrophic Napier earthquake of February 1931, the days of WW2, and years of redesign, reconstruction and expansion. The book is copiously illustrated with photographs, paintings and maps.
PORT LINE - A SUPPLEMENT TO APRIL 2004 - SHIPPING TODAY AND YESTERDAY
A4 booklet, 14 pages, in good condition with no creases or tears.
No dustwrapper.
$10
This supplement traces the ships that sailed under the Port Line flag since the line was formed in 1914
PORT NELSON - GATEWAY TO THE SEA - A HISTORY OF THE NELSON HARBOUR BOARD TO 1978
by W.H. Parr
Nelson Harbour Board 1979
Very good condition, clean and bright inside, no marks, not much age discolouration and no foxing. Binding tight.
Dustwrapper has small amount of bumping and rubbing around spine.
$24
Since 1842 the province and the city of Nelson have depended for their very existence on the efficient functioning of Port Nelson. If port management and development were inadequate, the whole population would be suffering. No wonder, then, that Port affairs have always loomed large in local politics. The book covers the earliest formation of an embryo port authority, navigation, pilotage, the Wellington ferry service, wharves and slipways, the fruit, fishing, timber and mineral industries, and the roles of Mapua and Motueka in Board affairs. Together with the lively text are included over 100 photographs, maps and drawings.
RAIDERS OF THE DEEP
by Lowell Thomas
William Heinemann Ltd. London Crown Library edition 1930
Good condition, some bumping and rubbing at top and bottom of spine and corners. Blue cloth is a little age discoloured. Inside has expected age discolouration and some foxing especially on endpapers and adjacent pages, and page block edges. Binding shaky but intact.
No dustwrapper.
$32
This 1928 bestseller by the internationally renowned journalist Lowell Thomas was the first American account of German submariners to offer a sympathetic, behind-the-scenes look at the men who prowled the English Channel, the Atlantic, and the Mediterranean in U-boats. Thomas was widely known for his news dispatches from the battlefields of World War I. This vivid portrait of undersea warfare revealed details of the new technology. Thomas allows his subjects to tell their stories in their own words, rendering an infinitely interesting look at the challenges of life aboard these early submarines. Their dramatic oral histories tell of Walther Schwieger's sinking of the Lusitania, of the seven U-boat raiders sent to lay mines across the Atlantic and sink merchant ships off the coast of the United States, and of the German U-9 which had been shadowing three British Crusiers patrolling the North Sea torpedoed and sunk all three before breakfast. By mid-morning, the Cruisers Aboukir, Hogue and Cressy lay at the bottom of the North Sea, 1500 British seamen were dead and the triumphant U-boat commander would go on to be made a Knight-Commander of the Iron Cross. The triple sinking caused an outrage at the time and accusations were flung at Prince Louis of Battenburg (the First Sea Lord) and Winston Churchill. A Court of Enquiry followed, but as the pace of the war stepped up and rigorous censorship followed, the incident was all but forgotten. However, the sinking was to reshape tactics for every navy in the world.
RICHARDSONS OF NAPIER - A CENTURY OF COASTAL SHIPPING 1859-1959
by Sydney D. Waters
Richardson and Company Ltd Napier 1959
Good condition, bumping and rubbing, and some warping on spine. Marks on the cloth covers, binding is a little shaky and there are pen marks on index. There is an inscription over the title on the title page.
No dustwrapper.
$8
A centenary history of the oldest shipping firm on the New Zealand coast, along with a survey of East Cost shipping, a commentary on pastoral and urban development, and a necessary but sometimes sad record of adventure and misadventure at sea.
RICHARDSONS OF NAPIER - A CENTURY OF COASTAL SHIPPING 1859-1959
by S.D. Waters
Richardson and Company Ltd Napier 1959
Good condition, fairly clean and tidy with minor age discolouration and very little foxing.
Dustwrapper age discoloured with bumping top and bottom of spine.
$38
A centenary history of the oldest shipping firm on the New Zealand coast, along with a survey of East Cost shipping, a commentary on pastoral and urban development, and a necessary but sometimes sad record of adventure and misadventure at sea.
RICHARDSONS OF NAPIER - A CENTURY OF COASTAL SHIPPING 1859-1959
by S.D. Waters
Richardson and Company Ltd Napier 1959
Good condition, fairly clean and tidy with minor age discolouration and very little foxing.
Dustwrapper age discoloured with bumping top and bottom of spine.
$38
A centenary history of the oldest shipping firm on the New Zealand coast, along with a survey of East Cost shipping, a commentary on pastoral and urban development, and a necessary but sometimes sad record of adventure and misadventure at sea.
ROYAL NETHERLANDS NAVY - NAVIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR
by H.T. Lenton
MacDonald London 1968
Good condition. Other than previous owner's stamp on front endpaper is clean and bright throughout, binding very good.
Dustwrapper is torn and there is chipping across top and bottom, and two large chunks out of top and bottom by the spine.
$28
The outbreak of the Second World War found the Royal Netherlands Navy apparently in decline. In the worsening situation which preceded 1940, new ships of all kinds had been authorised, but the effort came to later. The majority of the Dutch fleet, including some uncompleted vessels, withdrew undamaged, and proved a most welcome ally to the hard-pressed British forces. The build of the Royal Netherlands Navy was stationed in the East, where the Dutch colonial interests lay. In the face of Japanese advance in 1941, what survived of the Dutch East Indies Fleet could, again, do nothing but withdraw. But in the long process of Allied recovery the Dutch navy won the highest praise in all quarters.
SAIL IN THE SOUTH - A SELECTION FROM THE A.D. EDWARDES COLLECTION OF SHIPPING PHOTOGRAPHS IN THE STATE LIBRARY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
by Ronald Parsons
A.H. & A.W. Reed 1976 Reprint
Very good condition, binding is tight, a little age discolouration, minor foxing on page block and pages adjacent to endpaper, clean and bright.
Dustwrapper good to very good condition, a little bumping at top and bottom of spine, corners are good, some age discolouration.
$28
An amazing collection of sailing vessel photographs from the Edwardes Collection in the South Australian State Library, it depicts the wind ships once numerous in Australian and NZ waters. The eight chapters cover voyages from Britain to the Antipodes, trades and cargoes, savage coasts, ship construction, Australian, NZ and Pacific ports, concluding with a selection of `beautiful ship' photographs. Parson's text is minimal, but extended captions provide adequate information. In addition to ships, the men who sailed them and life aboard is not overlooked.
SAILS BENEATH THE SOUTHERN CROSS
by P.A. Eaddy
A.H. & A.W. Reed Wellington 1954
Very good condition, exterior of covers clean and tidy. Some age discolouration inside and large inscription on front endpaper by previous owner. Binding tight, some minor foxing throughout.
No dustwrapper.
$32
An illustrated history that deals mainly with the old inter-colonial sailing ships which were engaged in the timber trade between New Zealand and Australia. It also covers Schooners, Schooner racing, coastal shipping and has sections on specific ships including Ysabel, Neptune, Northern Chief and the Southern Cross. The author sailed on some of the vessels. A New Zealand sailing ship classic.
SALVESEN OF LEITH
by Wray Vamplew
Scottish Academic Press 1975
Very good condition, inside is clean and bright with very little age discolouration and minor foxing on page block edges. Binding tight.
Dustwrapper good, top and bottom bumped and rubbed, and a little chipped but nothing more than 2-3mm. Tear in top right corner, front lower corner of cover is bumped inwards.
$70
Maritime actions dominate the history of Salvesen. The development of the firm is traced from humble beginnings in Leith as a shipbroking agency, virtually a branch of another enterprise, to its position as the owner of a merchant fleet. Besides shipping, the firm was also ivolved in mining, mineral enterprises, tourism, and a paraffin factory in Norway. It was in whaling that diversification really paid off and the second part of the book is devoted to this topic. Salvesen were whalers for nearly seventy years, beginning in the 1890s in the Faroes and the Shetlands, before venturing into the southern hemishere. They were amongst the leading firms in this industry.
SD14 - The Great British Shipbuilding Success Story
by John Lingwood
World Ship Society Publications 1976
Booklet, 72 pages. Very good condition, clean and tidy. One 3cm crease on back lower corner of cover, corners slightly bumped. Staples beginning to rust but binding is good.
No dustwrapper.
$30
In the mid 1960s, shipbuilders Austin and Pickersgill designed a basic standardized general-purpose cargo vessel to be built at their Sunderland yard and to be offered to other manufacturers to produce under license. This catalogue contains detailed information and photographs of every SD14 built in English, Scottish, Greek, Brazilian and Argentinian yards.
SECOND DOG WATCH
by Main Royal
Thorsons Publishing Ltd London 1948
Good condition, HB green cloth, gilt titles completely worn away, some bleach spotting on green cloth around edges, otherwise bumped and rubbed but no tears in cloth. Inside the binding is shaky but intact. Endpapers are split at hinges, foxing on endpapers and some throughout, age discolouration.
No dustwrapper.
$12
`Tell us a Yarn, Sailor. Something of places you have seen, men you have met, humorous or otherwise. Ships you have seen abroad at sea anywhere. Anything but army life.' Occasionally when a few or more were together of our happy-go-lucky but efficient men of the 1914-18 war, this request for a sea-story would come. There are not many left of that original battlalion, but a few may read these stories and remember. Another war is over. There are many who would welcome a yarn without reminder of army life. Other than those in `Quiet Sector' the stories are more or less what have been told, and I have been asked to write some of them for publication.
SERVANTS OF THE NORTH
by Cliff Furniss
A,H & A.W. Reed Ltd 1977
Very good condition, binding tight, pages clean and tidy with slight age discolouration throughout.
Dustwrapper has very minimal bumping top and bottom of spine, spine faded.
$35
A history of the heyday of the coastal steamers, when the little ships of the Northern Steam Ship Company carried passengers and cargo to isolated settlements scattered around the small bays and up the tidal creeks of North Auckland and further south as well, to Wanganui, Whakatane and the Coromandel.
SHAW SAVILL LINE - ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF TRADING
by Sydney D. Waters
Whitcombe and Tombs 1961
Very good condition, clean and bright, no foxing except on the top page block.
Dustwrapper in good condition, heavily bumped, torn and chipped top and bottom but still intact. The longest tear is 2cm long.
$30
One of the great shipping lines, the expanding fortunes of which have been firmly linked with those of
New Zealand. From the days of the clipper ship of the Albion Line to the merger with Shaw Savill & Co.
Their 20,000 ton Southern Cross was the first round-the-world passenger liner which carried no cargo.
SHIPS AND SAILORMEN
by Allan A. Kirk
A.H. & A.W. Reed Wellington 1964
Good to very good condition, clean and bright with very minor foxing throughout and on top and edges of page block.
Dustwrapper is good, heavily chipped by 8mm at top of spine with other minor chipping and tears on corners and bottom of spine is age discoloured as to be expected.
$23
The author has selected a representative group of men who have dedicated their lives to ships and the sea
and given us a lively and accurate account of their adventures in peace and war. The remarkable and romantic history of New Zealand's oldest shipping company, from the formative period of the 1860s right through to the present day, when six fine modern motor vessels of the Anchor Line are playing an important part in the coastal transportation services of their country. Biographies of Australasian Shipmasters including Captain Smith and Captain Young of the 'Monowai' and Captain Irwin of the 'Rangitira' and the 'Wahine'
SHIPS OF THE CUNARD LINE
by Frank E. Dodman
Adlard Coles Ltd 1955
Small landscape book, good condition, slightly foxed endpapers, slight discolouration throughout.
No dustwrapper.
$18
Well illustrated throughout with photographs, silhouettes, and line drawings. Chapter titles include: The White Star Line; Paddle Steamers 1840-1862, Steel Screw Steamers from 1881, The Coming of the Turbine 1904 and more.
SHIPS OF THE HARRISON LINE - A SHIPPING TODAY AND YESTERDAY SUPPLEMENT
A4 booklet, 15 pages, slightly bumped and curled corners. Otherwise in very good condition with no tears. Staples clean and bright, binding good.
$10
This supplement traces the ships that sailed under the Harrison Line flag since the line's beginnings in 1853.
SHIPS OF THE ROYAL MAIL LINES - ROSS SHIP SERIES
by Prosper Dowden and G.F. Campbell (illustrator)
Adlard Coles Ltd 1953
Small landscape book in good condition, age discolouration and light foxing on endpapers amd adjacent pages, and on page block edges. Binding good.
Dustwrapper is heavily torn but has been repaired.
$18
Illustrated throughout with black and white photos and line drawings. Chapter titles include: The First Royal Mail Lines, Successors to the First Fleet, List of Ships of the 20th Century, and more
SHIPS ON THE AUSTRALIAN, NEW ZEALAND AND ISLANDS REGISTER 1966
WITH A DIRECTORY OF SHIPPING
Marine Press Pty. Ltd Sydney 1966, 11th edition
Small landscape book in canvas cloth, slightly bumped corners and top of spine. Otherwise clean throughout. No foxing, slight chipping on advertising pages p. iv-v and p.118-119 amd p.134-135 where pages have been cut badly at bottom leaving small chips of around 2mm. Page 299 has fountain pen addition to information. Binding is a little loose but intact.
No dustwrapper.
$65
Black and white photographs of many ships. Each listed ship has details of tonnage, builder, owner, dimensions, engines, boilers, and speed.
SHOESTRING SHIPPING LINE
by Captain W. Clough Blair
A.H. & A.W. Reed 1967
Good to very good condition, inside is clean and bright with a little foxing on top of page block. Binding excellent.
Dustwrapper has bumping and rubbing on top of spine and corners. One small 1cm tear front cover.
$20
The rehabilitation people gave Clough Blair exactly two hours in which to find a cargo ship for sale, to muster a complete crew of ex-servicemen and to think up a case for a loan with which to buy the ship and launch a shipping line. He was successful. He and his mates defied the marine experts, the financial magnates, the professional pessimists and the Big Brothers of the overseas-owned shipping lines, and launched their little Tasman Shipping Company into prosperous waters. This history follows their fortunes through the highs and lows of the coastal and Tasman cargo trade.
SONG OF STEAM - A CHRONICLE OF PADDLE STEAMERS AND SCREW STEAMERS IN TASMANIAN WATERS 1832-1939
by Dave O'May
T.J. Hughes, Government Printer Tasmania 1976
Pictorial cloth cover, slight age discoloured with slight rubbing on edges of top and bottom of spine. Otherwise good. Inside is clean and bright. One or two foxing marks on page block.
No dustwrapper.
$22
A record of steamships which visited Tasmanian waters during the first one hundred years of steam
SONG OF STEAM - A CHRONICLE OF PADDLE STEAMERS AND SCREW STEAMERS IN TASMANIAN WATERS 1832-1939
by Dave O'May
T.J. Hughes, Government Printer Tasmania 1976
Pictorial cloth cover, slight age discoloured with slight rubbing on edges of top and bottom of spine. Front cover is slightly bowed. Otherwise good. Inside is clean and bright. Some age discolouration and foxing on page block edges.
No dustwrapper.
$25
A record of steamships which visited Tasmanian waters during the first one hundred years of steam
STEPHENS, SUTTON LIMITED - MONOGRAPH No. 8
by John Lingwood and Leonard Gray
World Ship Society 1983
68 page booklet, blue card covers, slight bumping at top of spine. Otherwise crisp and unpressed. Clean and bright inside and binding is tight with slight rust beginning on staples. Slight foxing on central glossy photographic pages.
No dustwrapper.
$20
A standard World Ship Society history, listing all the vessels owned and managed by this Newcastle based firm.
SUMMER CRUISE - THE GRAND PLEASURE TRIP OF THE SS NGAPUHI ALONG THE
NORTHERN COAST OF NEW ZEALAND
by David Johnson
David Bateman Ltd 1983
Signed by a large number of NZ shipping history figures, and dedicated to Joe Henry, co-founder of the New Zealand Ship and Marine Society
A4 PB covers, almost no bumping or rubbing, pristine. Inside some slight age discolouration, otherwise excellent.
$15
From 1904 to 1908 the Northern Steam Ship Company of NZ ran annual nine-day cruises along the north eastern coast of the North Island with its steamer Ngapuhi. These almost forgotten ventures were recalled by the author in 1983 when he reconstructed the adventures of the 50 or so passengers who made these adventurous voyages, exploring islands, harbours, a cable station, isolated settlements and bays with historic associations to the founding of the nation. The cruise is recounted chronologically with short text accompanied by wonderfully evocative photographs showing the fashions, pastimes, ship and shoreside activities of the passengers. Other chapers look at the passengers, the food, the ship and her crew - in all, a cruise to nostalgia.
T.E.V. WAHINE - REPORT OF COURT AND ANNEX THERETO - NOVEMBER 1968
Government Printers 1968
Good condition, clean and tidy covers, bumping throughout on edges. Spine has quite a bit of rubbing on edges and a tear at the back top of spine. Binding is clean and tidy. Tape stain on front and back inner hinges. Previous owner's name inside front cover.
No dustwrapper
$24
The formal investigation ordered by the Minister of Marine into the sinking of the T.E.V. Wahine on 10th April 1968. The inquiry was held at Wellington from 25th June to 1st August 1968.
T.E.V. WAHINE - REPORT OF COURT AND ANNEX THERETO - NOVEMBER 1968
Government Printers 1968
Fair to good condition, blue paper cover with chips and creases to corners and chips and rubbing to spine. A 1cm tear on lower front of spine repaired. A couple small marks on front cover and small tear on back lower corner. Inside has some discolouration and some minor foxing throughout. Corners are bumped and curled a little throughout. Binding tight.
No dustwrapper
$22
The formal investigation ordered by the Minister of Marine into the sinking of the T.E.V. Wahine on 10th April 1968. The inquiry was held at Wellington from 25th June to 1st August 1968.
THE `CAINE' MUTINY
by Herman Wouk
Jonathan Cape London 1953 Reprint
Good condition, age discoloured but otherwise clean and tidy. Has previous owner's name and address on illustrated front endpaper.
Dustwrapper torn and bumped top and bottom of spine, and corners, with minor chips.
$12
A fictional account of the troubles on a USN destroyer-minesweeper in the Pacific in 1943-1944, and the court-martial that followed.
THE CHINA CLIPPERS
by Basil Lubbock
James Brown & Son (Glasgow) Ltd. 1922, Fifth Edition
HB blue cloth cover, boards clean and bright although bumped and rubbed at corners, and top and bottom of spine. Spine discoloured and faded. Inside binding is good and tight. Foldout at back is intact and in good condition. Endpapers in good condition but foxing and age discolouration throughout.
No dustwrapper.
$30
The tea races by the China Clippers charging back from Asia to Great Britain in the mid-1800s are one of the legends of seafaring, with names such as Thermopyla, Aerial and Cutty Sark remaining familiar today. There were also the American tea clippers - Flying Cloud, being the most notable, and there was competition between ships of the two nations. Lubbock was foremost of writers recording the days when sail ruled the oceans and his history of the China ships, their races, the skippers, the crews, and, of course, the ships and their ports, is recorded here in great detail.
THE CLIPPER SHIP ERA - AN EPITOME OF FAMOUS AMERICAN AND BRITISH CLIPPER SHIPS, THEIR OWNERS, BUILDERS, COMMANDERS, AND CREWS 1843-1869
by Arthur H. Clark
G.P. Putnam's Sons 1911
Green cloth cover, bumped and rubbed to bottom of spine and corners. Othewise in good condition. Wellington Harbour Board bookplate, front endpaper hinge repair. Back endpaper very good, binding tight, age discolouration but very little foxing throughout.
No dustwrapper.
$34
The Clipper Ship Era began in 1843 as a result of the growing demand for a more rapid delivery of tea from China; continued under the stimulating influence of the discovery of gold in California and Australia in 1849 and 1851, and ended with the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.
THE CRUISE OF THE KATE
by Empson Edward Middleton
Rupert Hart-Davis London 1953
No. 23 in the Mariners Library
Good condition, bookplate, age discolouration and occasional foxing throughout, binding tight.
Dustwrapper has bumping and rubbing top and bottom of spine. Moderate chipping top and bottom of spine.
$24
This is a day-to-day account of a single-handed voyage, in 1869, round England, undertaken by a man who had little previous knowledge of small-boat sailing but needed to distract his mind after translating into rhymed verse the first two books of the Aeneid. Middleton chose to make the voyage as it was as difficult an enterprise as he could think of. It is notable today due to the small size of the vessel, and the fact that he visited under very difficult conditions many of the harbours and anchorages that we use today, and many others that we take care to avoid. He sailed from the Thames, South about, crossing to Ireland, thence to the Clyde, to Bowline, by canal to Grangemouth, and down the East Coast to the Thames.
THE CRUISE OF THE KATE
by Empson Edward Middleton
Rupert Hart-Davis London 1953
No. 23 in the Mariners Library
Good condition, bookplate, age discolouration and occasional foxing throughout, binding tight.
Dustwrapper has bumping and rubbing top and bottom of spine. Minimal chipping top and bottom of spine.
$24
This is a day-to-day account of a single-handed voyage, in 1869, round England, undertaken by a man who had little previous knowledge of small-boat sailing but needed to distract his mind after translating into rhymed verse the first two books of the Aeneid. Middleton chose to make the voyage as it was as difficult an enterprise as he could think of. It is notable today due to the small size of the vessel, and the fact that he visited under very difficult conditions many of the harbours and anchorages that we use today, and many others that we take care to avoid. He sailed from the Thames, South about, crossing to Ireland, thence to the Clyde, to Bowline, by canal to Grangemouth, and down the East Coast to the Thames.
THE CRUISE OF THE TEDDY
by Erling Tambs
Rupert Hart-Davis London 1949
No. 5 in the Mariners Library
Good condition, Wellington Harbour Board plate and previous owner's inscription. Age discoloured with minor foxing throughout especially on page block edges.
Dustwrapper has chips and small tears top and bottom especially at the spine. Minor chipping top and bottom of spine. Chipped on top corners upto 10-15mm.
$20
Teddy was a Colin Archer type double-ended Norwegian sailing pilot and rescue boat. Tambs and his wife sailed Teddy from Oslo down the European Coast to Madeira, the Canaries, Aruba & Curacao, and through the Panama Canal to the Cocos Islands, the Marquesas, the Society Islands, Samoa and New Zealand between August 1928 and January 1931. In February 1932 Teddy drifted onto some rocks and was lost.
THE CRUISE OF THE TEDDY
by Erling Tambs
Rupert Hart-Davis London 1949
No. 5 in the Mariners Library
Good condition, Wellington Harbour Board plate and previous owner's inscription. Age discoloured with minor foxing throughout especially on page block edges.
Dustwrapper has chips and small tears top and bottom especially at the spine. Moderate to substantial chipping top and bottom of spine between 5-10mm missing. Chipped on top corners upto 10-15mm.
$20
Teddy was a Colin Archer type double-ended Norwegian sailing pilot and rescue boat. Tambs and his wife sailed Teddy from Oslo down the European Coast to Madeira, the Canaries, Aruba & Curacao, and through the Panama Canal to the Cocos Islands, the Marquesas, the Society Islands, Samoa and New Zealand between August 1928 and January 1931. In February 1932 Teddy drifted onto some rocks and was lost.
THE ELDER DEMPSTER FLEET HISTORY 1852-1985
by James E. Cowden and John O.C. Duffy
Mallett & Bell Publications 1986
Good condition, binding tight especially for a heavy book. Light age discolouration and little or no foxing. A hevy book.
Dustwrapper with minor bumping and rubbing top and bottom of spine and corners.
$100
This major work provides a full history of the Elder Dempster Lines together with details of the 586 ships that it owned between 1852 and 1956. To the basic statistical data, the authors have added significant episodes of the ships careers. More than 600 illustrations include photographs, passenger accommodation plans, cargo stowage plans, and reproductions of historical documents ranging from a logbook of the 1850s to accounts of voyages in the 1970s.
THE ENTENTE UPON THE SEAS - HISTORICAL ROMANCE TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH
by Paul Chack and L.B. Denman (translator)
Imprimerie Vaillant-Carmanne Liége 1928
This is a really scarce book, possibly the only one for sale online at present including e-book downloads.
In fair condition for a cheap contemporary binding. Smoke damaged. Green paper cover with cloth spine. Spine is fairly brittle with splits at top, heavily discoloured. Gilt titles on front cover are worn and green paper cover edges rubbed. Page block heavily smoke damaged. Original blue endpapers have small smoke damage but otherwise good condition. Binding is a bit skew but tight considering original quality. Pages clean and tidy.
No dustwrapper.
$80
This book is a translation of `On Se Bat Sur Mer,' or `Sea Fights,' which was published in 1927 and awarded the Literary Prize for that year. The author Commandant Chack of the Historical Department of the French Admiralty produced an engrossing volume based on incidents in the Great War. He shows the three great allied navies: British, Italian and French, raising, side-by-side, the formidable floating barricade; set up against the limitless ambitions of continental tyrants. Part One gives a graphic account of the exploits of Nord-Caper, a trawler engaged in hunting submarines, and touches on the French cruiser Submarine Sercouf. Part Two covers naval battles off German East Africa including the search and destruction of the Koenisberg among the mangrove swamps of the Rutigi River. And Part Three features the saving of the Suez Canal by the French Navy and seaplanes in February 1915 after an assault by the Turks.
THE FALCON ON THE BALTIC - A COASTING VOYAGE FROM HAMMERSMITH TO COPENHAGEN IN A THREE-TON YACHT
by E.F. Knight
Rupert Hart-David London 1951
No. 15 in the Mariners Library
Good condition with Ship and Marine Society bookplate. Back endpaper has some tape staining, both endpapers have slight foxing. Otherwise pages are discoloured throughout as expected but are clean and tidy.
Dustwrapper is slightly discoloured with occasional chipping and tearing at top and bottom of spine and corners. A 1cm chunk out of top of spine nicely repaired.
$30
This book tells of an intimate and enviable voyage through the Dutch canals and among the Danish islands in the quiet world of 1887 when an Englishman was welcome anywhere and, even in time of war, yachtsmen could sail where they liked. Knight took with him an eleven-foot sailing dinghy which he used to explore the smaller creeks and waterways where the Falcon could not go. The book is full of his infectious zeal and that practical skill in seamanship which has made his Small Boat Sailing the standard work even after many years.
THE FERRIES OF SYDNEY
by Graeme Andrews
Trident Publishing Pty. Ltd. 1969
PB booklet, 56 pages, buffed and ruhbed at spine and corners but overall clean and tidy condition. Inside is fairly well foxed and age discoloured throughout but other wise clean and tidy.
$15
The Ferries were originally a main-stay of transportation around Sydney and up the Parramatta River inland; with many historical photographs, both in colour and black and white.
THE GREAT WHITE FLEET
by John H. Melville
Vantage Press 1976
Very good condition, very clean and tidy, small staining and foxing on white endpapers and top of page block. Otherwise clean and bright and binding tight.
Dustwrapper very good, very slight bumping and rubbing top and bottom of spine.
$80
This book records the histories of the ships that made up the United Fruit Company's Great White Fleet. Although it chronicles the growth of the banana industry in the tropical regions of the Western Hemisphere, it is an important footnote to social history and a compendium of short sketches dealing with adventure on the seas.
THE HARBOUR BOARD COLLECTION WELLINGTON 1880-1980
Wellington Harbour Board 1980
Very good condition, landscape, card covers, slight fading on spine but no major bumping or rubbing. The inside is clean and bright, binding is tight.
$18
A centennial history of the Wellington Harbour Board chronicling the achievements of the early pioneers, statesmen, members and officers of the Board, whose vision judgement and courage laid the foundations of the Port and Board today.
THE HARBOUR FERRIES OF AUCKLAND
by David Balderston
Grantham House 1986
PB, card covers, slight fading on spine, no major bumping or rubbing on corners or spine. Inside is clean and bright, binding is tight.
$22
When the first cars crossed the new Auckland Harbour Bridge in May 1959, many feared that this meant the end of the ferries which for a century, had carried thousands of Aucklanders across the Waitemata Harbour. Happily this was not to be.
THE HISTORY OF PORT NELSON
by Ruth Allan
Whitcombe & Tombs Ltd Wellington 1954
Good condition, age discoloured, otherwise clean and tidy. Some foxing on page edges. Previous owner stamp on front endpaper and on top page block edge. A little foxing on page edges.
Dustwrapper poor with large portions of front cover missing and replaced with tape.
$24
This history of Port Nelson was produced to mark the 50th anniversary of the harbour board formation in 1901, although shipping activity at Nelson had begun much earlier when it was recognised as being important to settlement by the New Zealand Company in 1841. Those early years are thoroughly traversed by the author to include the numerours small craft that provided coastal services, to those that travelled further afield within the NZ enviroment to the larger ships with overseas origins. Engineering challenges faced by the harbour board, and its predecessors, are also covered as is the social and economic importance of the port to Nelson's urban and provincial areas.
THE LIBERTY SHIPS - THE HISTORY OF THE `EMERGENCY' TYPE OF CARGO SHIPS
CONSTRUCTED IN THE UNITED STATES DURING WORLD WAR II
by L.A. Sawyer and W.H. Mitchell
David & Charles Newton Abbot 1973 Revised edition
HB A4, very good condition, binding tight, pages clean and bright, a little foxing on top of page block edges.
Dustwrapper is slightly age discoloured with slight bumping at top and bottom of spine and corners. No tears.
$50
The classic study of the famous `Emergency Type' freighters built in incredibly short times in US yards in WWII remains as highly regarded today as when first published in 1970. Built on prefabricated, production-line principles, more that 2700 of the ships entered service at a time when German U-Boats were decimating Allied merchant fleets. While intended to have a limited life span, when hostilities ended they were a key component in reconstituting the shipping operations of many countries and some went on trading up to the 1980s, although numbers rapidly declined from the 1960s. The book covers the concept, development, production, operational use, modification for specialised roles and post-war service. Each ship is listed under its yard number, original name, completion date, engine maker, history and name changes, fate, as well as other pertinent detail. This 1973 revised edition updates information subsequent to the first edition of 1970.
THE LINE THAT DARED - A HISTORY OF THE UNION STEAM SHIP COMPANY -
A CENTENARY
by Gordon McLauchlan
Four Star Books 1987
Very good condition, inside is clean and bright, binding tight, a little foxing on top of page block.
Dustwrapper with slight bumping on corners and top and bottom of spine.
$38
This history of the Union Steam Ship Company (USSCo) was published to record the centennial of the line, which was founded in 1875. The Union Company, as it was popularly known, grew to be a major shipping enterprise, with its ships trading mainly on the NZ and Australian coasts, trans-Tasman, with trans-Pacific liner services, trading to Asian and Indian ports, establishing a NZ internal airline just prior to WWI and known as Union Airways. The company operated ferry services between the North and South Islands and its house flag was well known in the islands of the South Pacific. It was the largest shipping company in the southern hemisphere and by the time of its centennial had owned and operated more that 300 ships. It served the Allied cause well through both World Wars, losing ships in both. At the time of its centennial the company was beginning to expereince the effects of the technological revolution in the shipping industry, with many of its post-WWII replacement ships becoming out-dated, there were major changes in ownership and trading patterns and gradually fleet numbers declined until by late in the century the great days of the USSCo were already past and by the Milllenium the fleet list which had totalled about 350 ships was closed. The Union Company which had been so vital the NZ economy, been the largest private employer and whose ships often became houshold names went the way of so many famous and long-lived shipping lines.
THE LINE THAT DARED - A HISTORY OF THE UNION STEAM SHIP COMPANY -
A CENTENARY
by Gordon McLauchlan
Four Star Books 1987
Very good condition, inside is clean and bright, binding tight, a little foxing on top of page block.
Dustwrapper with slight bumping on corners and top and bottom of spine.
$38
This history of the Union Steam Ship Company (USSCo) was published to record the centennial of the line, which was founded in 1875. The Union Company, as it was popularly known, grew to be a major shipping enterprise, with its ships trading mainly on the NZ and Australian coasts, trans-Tasman, with trans-Pacific liner services, trading to Asian and Indian ports, establishing a NZ internal airline just prior to WWI and known as Union Airways. The company operated ferry services between the North and South Islands and its house flag was well known in the islands of the South Pacific. It was the largest shipping company in the southern hemisphere and by the time of its centennial had owned and operated more that 300 ships. It served the Allied cause well through both World Wars, losing ships in both. At the time of its centennial the company was beginning to expereince the effects of the technological revolution in the shipping industry, with many of its post-WWII replacement ships becoming out-dated, there were major changes in ownership and trading patterns and gradually fleet numbers declined until by late in the century the great days of the USSCo were already past and by the Milllenium the fleet list which had totalled about 350 ships was closed. The Union Company which had been so vital the NZ economy, been the largest private employer and whose ships often became houshold names went the way of so many famous and long-lived shipping lines.
THE PAMIR
by Jack Churchouse
Millwood Press Wellington 1978
Signed by the author with a dedication to Joe Henry, co-founder of the New Zealand Ship and Marine Society.
Very good condition. Inside is clean and tidy, little or no foxing even on page edges. Binding is tight. Superb.
Dustwrapper very good, almost no bumping, and no tears.
$160
The Pamir Under the New Zealand Ensign. The Pamir, a four-masted barque flying the Finnish flag, sailed into New Zealand waters at a time, during the Second World War, when her country was entering enemy status. Taken in prize, she became a puzzle and a challenge to a country at war whose lifelines stretched across vast oceans; shipping space was urgently needed but a windjammer? Sail was an anachronism. This is the story of how the New Zealand Government, in partnership with one of its historic shipping lines, the Union Steam Ship Company, commissioned and sailed the sturdy vessel between Wellington and North American ports until after the war. Voyages are reconstructed in detail, often using extracts from diaries, letters and masters' reports of the time.
THE PERANO WHALERS OF COOK STRAIT 1911-1964
by Don Grady
A.H. & A.W. Reed Ltd. 1982
Very good condition. Clean and bright. Barely age discoloured at all, binding tight.
Dustwrapper has minimal bumping on top and bottom of spine and corners.
$50
Several generations of the Perano family were involved in whaling operations in New Zealand's coastal waters, operating mostly from bases in the Tory Channel at the north eastern point of the South Island. Of Italian, descent the family hunted whales from 1911 to 1964 when the last station closed down. Don Grady's excellent book colourfully and graphically recalls these tenacious whaling folk, their tight-knit community, advetures, mishaps, dangers and often economic uncertainty. An excellent study of a now near-forgotten aspect of NZ's trade and enterprise and its associated hardy men and women.
THE PIRATE WIND - TALES OF THE SEA ROBBERS OF MALAYA
by Owen Rutter
Hutchinson & Co Ltd
Good condition. Age discolouration and some foxing on page block. Binding tight. Presentation bookplate and previous owner's name.
Dustwrapper is browned with bumping and rubbing on top and bottom of spine and corners. Minor tears, small chip on back of spine, age discoloured. Not price clipped.
$18
This account of piracy in Malayan seas in the 18th and 19th centuries provides a detailed chronicle of pirate attacks and of victories and defeats in battle, mainly against British frigates. A book full of Far Eastern colour and adventure, and at the same time a contribution to the history of trade and intercourse with the Malayan countries.
THE QUEST OF THE SCHOONER ARGUS - A VOYAGE TO THE BANKS AND
GREENLAND
by Alan Villiers
Hodder and Stoughton London 1951
Blue cloth HB, some minor rubbing thoroughout corners and spine, slight fraying at top of spine. Gilt titles are fairly faded. Bleach spotting on cover. The binding is tight, some age discolouration and very minor foxing. Previous owner's signature on front endpaper.
No dustwrapper.
$30
A classic account of a deep-sea voyage to The Grand Banks and Greenland on a modern four-masted fishing schooner in 1950 with the Portuguese cod-fishing fleet. Copiously illustrated with the author's own black and white photos throughout.
THE RAFT BOOK - THE LORE OF THE SEA AND THE SKY - WITH MAPS
by Harold Gatty
George Grady Press New York 1943
Very good condition in faded but sturdy slipcase with rice paper charts and tables enclosed. Wellington Harbour Board plate on outside of slipcase. Card covers of booklet are crisp and bright with shiny silver gilt titles. Inside is slightly age discoloured, otherwise beautiful, binding tight, page edges clean, foldouts tidy.
No dustwrapper.
$140
Harold Gatty was the 20th-century’s master navigator of both sky and sea. The book’s covers are blue heavy paper stock, embossed in silver with a majestic, soaring albatross upon a field of stars. Within its original slipcase are also two large folding leaves containing tables for navigation computations, scales for measuring distance (`Greenwich date and hour scales') and a unique world-wide chart. While an interesting, well-illustrated, carefully thought-out, and concise specimen of book production, The Raft Book is both a training manual (on shore) and a survival guide (at sea).
THE ROYAL TOUR 1901 OR THE CRUISE OF THE OPHIR
by Petty Officer Harry Price
Webb & Bower Exeter 1980
Very good condition, sepia coloured pages are clean and bright, illustrations beautiful, binding tight.
Dustwrapper has a removeable plastic cover which is splitting, but the cover underneath is very fine.
$15
A facsimile of Petty Officer Harry Price's handwritten and illustrated account of the cruise of HMS Ophir in 1901, when the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George V and Queen Mary) toured almost the whole of the British Empire with the exception of India. The whole trip took nearly nine months and was enormously popular with the countries visited. Apart from Price's journal, the book includes a biographical note by Harry's son Jack, his naval papers, and a portrait of himself in the tropical kit of the period.
THE SEA DEVIL - THE STORY OF COUNT FELIX VON LUCKNER, THE GERMAN WAR RAIDER
by Lowell Thomas
William Heinemann Ltd London 1929
Blue cloth cover, rubbed and bumped at corners and edges, and top and bottom of spine. Spine is slightly discoloured but gilt titles are nice and bright. Some discolouration and front endpapers is split at hinge. Large previous owner's name and address on back of front endpaper page. Page block edges and pages adjacent to endpapers are foxed. Otherwise clean and tidy throughout and binding is good.
No dustwrapper.
$28
The seagoing experiences of Count von Lucker. Luckner ran away to sea at the age of 13 and didn't return until he was 21. Having obtained a master's ticket, he then joined the German Navy. He saw action at Jutland before taking command of the auxiliary sailing ship Seeadler, which sank 14 Allied merchantmen without taking a single life. This larger than life character recounts in his own words his adventures of ships, sailors' sweethearts, brawls, dancing halls and prisons, and wartime episodes.
THE SHIPS THAT SERVE AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND - Vol. 1 - AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND FLAG VESSELS
by R.D. Fildes (HB)
Searail Productions 1973
HB, good to very good condition, inside clean and tidy, minor foxing on endpapers and adjacent pages, binding tight.
Dustwrapper slightly faded on spine with rubbing and bumping to all corners and top and bottom of spine. One or two minor closed tears, overall good condition.
$28
This book is intended as an easy-to-use reference guide to both large and small vessels that can be seen in Australian and New Zealand ports. In this volume Australian and New Zealand flag vessels are listed.
THE SHIPS THAT SERVE AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND - Vol. 2 - OVERSEAS FLAG VESSELS 1977
by R.D. Fildes (PB)
Searail Productions
PB, good to very good condition, card covers sturdy and uncreased, some bumping at top of spine, fading and discolouration of spine. The plasticated coating is coming away over spine, front and back covers. Inside is clean and tidy and the binding tight.
No dustwrapper.
$22
This book is intended as an easy-to-use reference guide to the overseas flag ships that regularly visit Australia and New Zealand ports.
THE SHIPS THAT SERVE NEW ZEALAND - Vol. 1. - BRITISH AND EUROPEAN LINES
by I.G. Stewart
A.H. & A.W. Reed 1964
Very good condition, clean and bright, a little foxing on back few pages, endpapers, and top of page block. Binding tight.
Dustwrapper age discoloured, bumping and rubbing at top of spine and corners
$22
The aim of this book is to provide the reader with a background history of each company which engaged in the United Kingdom - Continental - New Zealand trade, whether it be British or foreign, and to trace the development of the many and varied designs of the ships which were employed on this route. Individual histories, describing the careers of the ships which have served New Zealand since World War II, are given in full. So that it may also be a work of reference, all main particulars of the vessels in the present fleets of the British Conference Companies are given, as well as fleet lists with details of ships each company has ever owned. The book is profusely illustrated with over 150 coloured and black and white photographs. By reference to these alone, the development of the ships which have served New Zealand for over a century can be easily traced.
THE SUBMARINE CABLE
by S.A. Garnham and Robert L. Hadfield
Sampson Low c1934
Good condition, pale blue cloth cover. Spine heavily discoloured with large 4cm split on back bottom edge. Chipping and fraying on top and bottom of exteriour cover. Hinges intact, endpapers tight, clean and sturdy. Foxing throughout on the page block top and edges.
No dustwrapper
$30
The story of the submarine telegraph cable from its invention down to modern times, how it works, how cable-ships work, and how it carried on in peace and war.
THE UNION STEAM SHIP COMPANY STEAM SHIPS
by D.E. Gardner and J.E. Hobbs
Millwood Press Wellington 1982
Very good condition, inside is very clean and bright, binding tight, beautiful condition
Dustwrapper very good condition, almost no bumping and rubbing at all, slight age discolouration.
$32
This book is a pictorial record of a Union Company that has passed. The advent of the airliner sounded the death knell of its passenger vessels. Few shipping companies have encompassed the variety of trades which the Union Company did in its heyday; coasters, both passenger and cargo, short sea traders and deep sea passenger lines, they are all here, in the pictures of Jack Hobbs and the words of Douglas Gardner.
THE WAHINE DISASTER
by Max Lambert and Jim Hartley
A.H. & A.W. Reed 1970 Reprint
Very good condition, binding is tight and pages are very clean and bright. Very slight foxing on page edges and previous owner's inscription on title page.
Dustwrapper in good condition, rubbing and bumping and slight tears on corners and top and bottom of spine. No tears more than 10mm, closed tears only. Tidy condition.
$27
Although there have been worse shipping disasters in New Zealand with greater loss of life, the sinking of the Wahine in 1968 is by far the most well known. The tragedy can be attributed to one major cause: the weather. The storm which exploded upon Wellington in April 1968 was one of the worst ever recorded in New Zealand. Its ferocity was due to it being a combination of two storms which merged directly over Wellington. They clashed at almost exactly the same time as the overnight Lyttleton-Wellington ferry TEV Wahine approached the harbour entrance. Massive waves and hurricane force winds led to the ship being forced on to Barrett's Reef. This resulted in the loss of the starboard propeller and the failure of the port engine, leaving the ship without propulsive power. With capsize inevitable, the order to abandon ship was given. Of the 734 passengers and crew on board, 51 lost their lives. On shore, the storm resulted in massive damage, flooding and injuries as people were hit by flying debris. The storm also marked the coming-of-age for television news broadcasting in New Zealand as camera crews rushed to report on events as they unfolded. The resulting footage was screened around the world. Television coverage of the disaster later went on to win an international World News film award. The Wahine Disaster by Lambert and Hartley is probably the most detailed book written for the general reader on the disaster. It also includes a number of dramatic photographs of the event.
THE WORLD'S SUPER SHIPS 1965-1980 - A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT
by I.G. Stewart
I.G.S. Marine Publishers Perth 1979
Very good condition for a spiral bound volume, the plastic ringbinder is intact and strong. Light card covers have some foxing but are not torn and only slight bumping if any. Possible misbound with a double cover. The internal cover is in pristine condition. Foldout table inserts at back are all in pristine condition.
$45
THE WRECK OF THE HYDRABAD
by Ian Church
The Dunmore Press Ltd 1978
Very good condition. Lovely tight binding, pages clean and bright, slight foxing on top of page block.
Dustwrapper very good condition, slight rubbing and bumping at corners and top and bottom of spine.
$50
In mid-June 1878 the three-masted ship Hydrabad encountered a severe storm off the south west coast of New Zealand's North Island and was driven ashore near the Horowhenua Creek. Although the subject of concerted salvage efforts these were in vain and when this book was published 100 years later the wreck of the iron clipper still lay beached close to the spot where she grounded. The New Zealand coast had become noted for the number of ships wrecked there, particularly in the age of sail. However, a number of unusual factors attracted Church to this story. The ship originally sailed from Britain with immigrants for South Australia. At Adelaide her master obtained a cargo of locomotives and rolling stock and set course for Lyttelton, where more than 1000 tons of the railway cargo was loaded, including several locomotives and about 90 wagons. After passing through Cook Strait, as extreme storm conditions blew out most of her sails, the Hydrabad drifted before the storm and was driven ashore. Ultimately several salvage attempts were made, but these failed, although the bulk of her cargo was saved. Subsequent events are charted, including marine inquiries and legal wrangles, and the major figures involved, directly or indirectly, in the stranding are traced. The Hydrabad was the first large overseas ship lost on this section of the coast but a number of other large square-rigged ships were also wrecked there. These are briefly outlined, including the 1913 loss of the big steamer Indrabarah, further north near Wanganui. A fine account.
TRUE AUSTRALIAN SEA STORIES
by Jack Millar
Rigby Ltd 1978
Very good condition, binding very tight, pages clean and bright, very minor foxing on top page block.
Dustwrapper very good condition, slight discolouration, slight bumping top and bottom of spine.
$25
True stories of storm, shipwreck, piracy, gold robbery and heroism, plus the stirring exploits of men against the sea.
VETERAN SHIPS OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
by Graeme Andrews
A.H. & A.W. Reed 1976
Good to very good condition, A4 landscape. Inside slight age discoloured, otherwise very good, binding very good.
Dustwrapper is a little discoloured. Some bumping on the top and bottom of spine.
$30
In the early days of settlement Australia and New Zealand depended on ships for communications, supplies, passenger transport and trade and both countries developed as strong maritime societies. Advances in shipping technology, building techniques and power sources meant that progressive changes in types of vessels occurred. As a result, many of the types disappeared from the seas they sailed, particularly as steam replaced sail. In this book Graeme Andrews records the belated efforts on both sides of the Tasman to protect and preserve their maritime heritage, which was in any case largely a shared one. He has listed the ships and river craft under preservation, others that were possibilities for salvage or restoration and sadly, some that were probably beyond saving. It was thus a valuable reference for work and asperations for historic ship preservation - merchant, naval and riverine - as serious efforts in this cause were getting underway in the mid-1970s.
VICTORY SHIPS AND TANKERS - THE HISTORY OF THE `VICTORY' TYPE CARGO SHIPS
AND OF THE TANKERS BUILT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA DURING WORLD
WAR II
by L.A. Sawyer and W.H. Mitchell
David & Charles Newton Abbot 1974
Good to very good condition. Inside is very clean and bright with very minor foxing on endpaper and page block edges.
Dustwrapper very good, slight bumping to corners and top and bottom of spine. Spine slightly faded.
$100
In this study of American 'Standard Ships' of WWII, the authors examine the sophisticated successors of the 'Liberty' ships. Over 500 'Victory' types were built in the USA and their story is told here for the first time - their construction and fate and a history of each vessel tabulated by name, yard number and grouped under their respective builders. In the second part of the book similar details are given for the tankers - known as the T1, T2 and T3 types. From the 700 tankers built, many were later converted into a variety of other types from bulk carriers and container ships to dredgers, fish factory ships and even an 'Apollo' tracking station. Illustrated with 51 photographs and 6 drawings.
VOYAGE OF THE `PARMA' - THE GREAT GRAIN RACE OF 1932 FROM AUSTRALIA TO FALMOUTH BY WAY OF CAPE HORN
by A.J. Villiers
Geoffrey Bles 1947 reprint
Good condition. Age discolouration, pages with only minimal foxing on page block edges, otherwise clean and bright and binding tight.
Dustwrapper heavily torn and browned with tape stains. Roughly 20% of spine area missing.
$48
This book tells the story of a great race to deliver grain crops from Australia to Cornwall in Britain in the shortest space of time. Captaining the `Parma', a four-masted barque crewed by boys, Alan Villiers made the gruelling voyage from Port Broughton in West Australia - 15,000 miles (24,200 kilometres) - in 104 days, delivering 5,200 tons of wheat. This is his account of a remarkable voyage.
WARSHIPS OF THE BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH NAVIES
by H.T. Lenton
Ian Allan London 2nd Edition 1969
Very good condition, inside former owner's stamp on front endpaper, a little foxing on endpapers and adjacent pages. Otherwise very clean and tidy, binding tight.
Dustwrapper good condition, age discolouration and minimal bumping and rubbing. No tears or chipping.
$30
This book is the result of over thirty seven years research and compilation by an experienced naval officer. The data accumulated far exceeds anything held in official records and has been painstakingly put together by a dedicated naval expert pre-eminent in his field. The book catalogues in encyclopedic detail, the navies of Great Britain and what was its empire. For each class of warship dimensions, displacements, armament and armour thicknesses are detailed.
WARTIME STANDARD SHIPS - THE OCEANS, THE FORTS, AND THE PARKS - VOL. 2. - MERCHANT SHIPBUILDING FOR BRITISH ACCOUNT IN NORTH AMERICA DURING WORLD WAR II
by W.H. Mitchell and L.A. Sawyer and John S. Lindsay (illustrator)
The Journal of Commerce and Shipping Telegraph Ltd. 1966
Good condition, pictorial laminated boards are clean and bright with minimal bumping or rubbing at corners but some bumping and rubbing at top and bottom of spine. There is a top split 4-5mm and the plasticated coating is separating at the spine valleys. Inside there is some discolouration and foxing on endpapers and adjacent pages, otherwise very clean and tidy throughout and binding tight.
No dustwrapper.
$60
This is the second and most sought-after volume in the trilogy published by Sea Breezes during the 1960s, complete in itself, with the authors providing detailed information on the emergency wartime merchant ships built in North America. Here we have the Forts vessels built in Canadian yards for British, Canadian and U.S. account, plus store ships, etc., purchased by the US from Canada. The Parks vessels built in Canadian yards and operated by the Park Steamship Company for the Canadian Government, plus other ships built in Canada and vessels built in the USA and converted in Canadian yards for naval service. Includes dry cargo ships, tankers, coasters, tugs, etc., - vessels of the North Sands, Victory, Dominion and other types. The Oceans vessels from U.S. yards that evolved from the Empire Liberty prototype with engines originating in Britain. All these standard ships were built in record time, often in a matter of days, to replace the large amount of tonnage falling victim to U-boats in the Atlantic. Without the emergency programmes and the supreme effort required there can be little doubt that the Battle of the Atlantic and therefore the war itself would have been lost. An important reference work illustrated with many photographs and line drawings.




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