Scroll through a wide range of pre-loved books on every maritime topic from steam to sail, passenger and cargo, restoration and adventure.
See some of the real thing, in this emotive DVD of activities in Sydney Harbour filmed during the steam era. Every arriving ship was met by a pilot and tugs attended each berthing vessel. Colour, about 20 mins run time.
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The stirring tale of the history then abandonment then recovery and the massive task of complete restoration to full seaworthiness. The full story one of SHF's group of operating steamers.
Cutaway colour drawings, section drawings of machinery. Full specifications
Soft cover 32 pp. approx 30 photos mostly B&W
very good condition carries dedication
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A very readable study of the magnificent Great Barrier rRef, and the threats facing it, by a skin diver, and passionate advocate of its conservation. Factual not a diatribe.
388 pp. some photos B&W and 16 page colour photo section. Beautifully presented book would make a useful gift to an interested sea goer.
Large clear type making it a pleasure to read.
Very fine condition, as new
The title says it all but rest assured this is a deeply researched story of the family and their magnificent lighthouses around the coast of Britain. Including the heroic Bell Rock, in the Firth of Forth. How each was built amid sometimes horrendous sea conditions.
282 pp hard cover Fine condition. photo and drawing section, map. Index and Bibliography for further research
War Peace and Big Ships
The author became commodore of the Cunard Line in 1948, after being made commander of Queen Mary in 1942 at the height of her service as troop carrier in WW11
An absorbing read with much historical and thrilling detail, by a seafarer who worked for the Merchant Marine in its heyday when Royal patronage was frequent
Very good condition in plastic protector
470 pp. some photos
A fine old style hard back cloth-bound complete history of the company from 1837 to 1937
Large type making easy reading, it is a really enjoyable and meaningful book, uplifting and amusingly written without compromising accuracy.
288 pp. approx 20 photos and paintings some colour plates.
Fair condition with no damage or missing pages. A fascinating read especially for former P&O travellers.
photos show endpapers and title page
A very readable even thrilling autobiography of a sea captain from his youth to sail days to steam.
270 pp. some illustrations (woodcuts?). Fair condition. Some sunning of paper, occasional blotches binding intact but rough in places. Contents intact and clearly readable.
A very detailed study of the ship's history, the social background, its voyages and final loss. Then the discovery of the wreck and its exploration by remote controlled sub built by the discoverer of the Titanic. pub. 1995
228 pp. over 200 illustrations B&W and colour. Index
Hard cover Fine condition
Robert Ballard is famous for developing a deep water submarine to discover and explore the wreck of the Titanic.
In this book he uses the sub. to locate and study the wrecks of battleships sunk during the fierce WWII battle against the Imperial Japanese navy for the crucial island of Guadalcanal off the Philippines. Accompanying the search are surviving sailors from some of the sunken ships. Included is HMAS Canberra.
The story of the sea and land battle, and its historical significance, is given in detail.
Hardback 228 pages 100s of photos colour and historic B&W
Fine condition with a dent and small tear in the top RHS of dust cover
Every aspect of Viking life is described in great depth: voyages settlements "lifestyle" , clothing jewellery and amazing expeditions to the New World. A work of great depth and a valuable historical resource
240 pp. over 200 photos paintings and maps many in colour.
Very Fine condition
The Northern voyages.
A brilliantly readable account of all known voyages across the North Atlantic prior to 1660. Written with great good humour, debunking a few myths along the way.
A thorough history in a professional narrative style. many photos paintings and drawings, maps. full index.
710 pp. hard cover fair condition, dust jacket poor.
A big read for little outlay
Western Australian Shipwrecks 1851 - 1880
Well written fully researched work of history. Each vessel is teated in turn, with events leading up to, the causes and the aftermath of the wrecks
306 pp. approx 30 illustrations, drawings maps and photos taken later of exploration by divers.
Very fine condition
From early youth in Yorkshire to his death in Hawaii the detailed biography of a great navigator who performed miracles of exploration. Attractively written
320 pp. some maps lithographs and diagrams Good condition in plastic protector
A sought after publication, deeply researched and very well illustrated with maps drawings and diagrams and some colour photos. very large index
pub. 1968 Hamlyn
156 pp. A4 size dust cover fair with a few tears and scuffing. Book very fine condition
An enjoyable read full of facts and history, written in an engaging narrative style of the ships of the ocean west of Britain. It looks at every aspect: the ships the people the crews the voyages the shipping companies. Five appendices of ship details, passenger movements. Long index.
154 pp. some photos and paintings B&W. hard cover cloth binding
Binding poor condition, pages unharmed.
A large format wide ranging look at maritime endeavour from C16 sea battles to container shipping and modern warships. Essentially pictorial but with much historical text and a good read.
192 pp. over 100 photos drawings and high quality paintings . Some maps
The experiences of a woman view of life at sea under sail in various trading ships.
Her whole family were seafarers so it was natural for her to follow
pub 1938 good condition in plastic protector . some staining of certain pages.
Well-written and an interesting glimpse of what was once called the British Short Sea Trade
A valuable and entertaining firsthand account of the most turbulent years of the Sydney waterfront.
By a foreman wharfie who rose to be manager of his company.
pub 1974 250 pp. some photos of work in the 30s 40s and 50s
The true story of a voyage on a 4 mast barque from London to Australia . An extraordinary piece of writing about the sea, at times gentle ribald, violent , wildly exciting fresh and direct.
pub 1959 good condition dust cover poor. 222 pp.
The full story of three horrific WWll experiences. The loss of HMAS Perth, the author's imprisonment by the Japanese in Burma Railway, and being shipped to Japan to work as coal miners.
Moving and well-written true history by one who experienced it all.
940 pp. some drawings including a detailed outline of HMAS Perth.
Good condition paperback some scuffing of edges.
The enthralling tale of HMAS Perth and her encounter with a large Japanese fleet in 1942.
300 pp. some maps and drawings B&W. hard cover cloth binding.
Binding very good condition, pages unharmed. Dust cover torn.
Not strictly maritime.
Reminiscences of his time in Australia commissioned by the editor of the London Standard.
Amusing and insightful
pub. 1907 240 pp. large clear type.
Fair condition some staining of cover scuffing of spine sunning of paper but intact.
a compilation of absorbing essays by highly regarded authors and social commentators. Heart-warming view of Sydney Harbour through articulate eyes.
152 pp. pub 2006 soft cover Very fine condition
Could be a coffee table book but definitely is not.
From Lepanto, to the Armada to Midway in 1942 the causes and progress of each encounter are studied with accompanying detail on vessels, armaments and personnel. Many tables and diagrams.
Deeply researched fully illustrated mainly by artists' paintings and drawings, and from late 19th century by photos all B&W
302 pages. Hard cover Book condition very good. dust cover poor, torn and creased in places at rear
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