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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Steam Tug Waratah by Mori Flapan

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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Kanangra Centenary 1912 - 2012 by Bill Allen, John Mathieson and David Logie

Special issue of Sea Heritage. In A4 magazine style format 50 pp.  100+ photos all colour exc. hist B&W

Published by SHF issue 103 winter 2012

A very full history of Kanangra now under restoration at Rozelle Bay.

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Watermen of Sydney by Graeme Andrews

A important and now rare historical work.  The book reeks of coal smoke. One wonders what joy there was in being a fireman on a hard-working steam tug.

100 pp. over 120 photos all B&W   pub. 2004

Fine condition

 

note: for the historic video "Calling Sydney Harbour" about tugs and pilots, see "DVDs and CDs"

 

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S S John Oxley by Hette Mollema

Discovery and restoration to date (Sept 2010)

A photo history with detailed text describing each stage approx 140 photos all colour exc. historic B&W

106 pp. soft cover Very Good condition

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John Oxley Restoration Under Way by Hette Mollema 2012

PROGRESS in  restoration to date (Sept 2012)

An updated  photo history with detailed text describing each stage approx 140 photos all colour exc. historic B&W

106 pp. soft cover Very Good condition

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North Coast Run by Michael Richards 1st ed.

Soft covers published 1967 96 pp. Good condition with only slight scuffing of covers

The history from beginning to end of the lifeblood of the NSW North Coast, the coastal cargo and passenger steamers.

Sometimes there were catastrophic misadventures along the treacherous rugged coastline of bars rocks and tricky river entrances.

20 photos and paintings all B&W. Index of all known vessels on the run. 

 

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North Coast Run 2nd ed. by Michael Richards

Soft covers published 1980 174 pp. Good condition with only slight scuffing of covers

Greatly expanded from 1st ed., with clearer type.

The history from beginning to end of the lifeblood of the NSW North Coast, the coastal cargo and passenger steamers.

Sometimes there were catastrophic misadventures along the treacherous rugged coastline of bars rocks and tricky river entrances.

20 photos and paintings all B&W. Index of all known vessels on the run. 

appendices

List of vessels and page no in text

Extracts from NCSN Co regulations

Clarence River cargo summary 1940

Shippings advertisements 1917

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A Hundred Year History of the P & O by Boyd Cable

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

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Speed and Service by Dag Bakka

A history of a company deeply woven into Australian shipping history. The men the ships and the cargoes, and war service.

160 pp. hard cover with dust jacket  fine condition. Many photos B&W 

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The Ships that Serve Australia and New Zealand by RD Fildes

All the ships of all types on the trans Tasman as at 1975

Very good 198 pp. hard cover with dust jacket  poor condition. Many photos B&W index, many tables

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Paddle Steamers and River Boats on the Murray by Peter Christopher

Described town by town the story of the steam paddle boats the history of the port, and the individual boats.

120 pp. fully illustrated many in colour.

Very good condition soft cover

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River King by Samuel Clyde McCulloch

The first book to show in some detail how the riverboats actually operated.

The history of the McCulloch Carrying Co. of Echuca, operators of river boats horse transport and riverside warehousing.

96 pp. approx 20 photos all B&W. Fine condition

full index (including "rabbits" !)

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Longitude by Dava Sobel

An important book telling the story of the man who created the chronometer so essential to accurate navigation.

Joseph Harrison faced prejudice and trickery but persevered for 40 years to perfect his  instrument.

Soft cover 182 pp. fine condition. index

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The Lighthouse Stevensons by Bella Bathurst

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

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Exploring the Lusitania by Robert Ballard

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

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Splendid Sisters by Alan Mitchell

Southern Cross and Northern Star, regular and highly popular visitors to Sydney Harbour.

A full history of building and voyages, incl. Northern Star's unhappy maiden voyage

Very good condition.  dust jacket poor

170 pp. approx 30 photos all B&W

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Titanic and Her Sisters Olympic and Britannic by McCluskie, Sharpe and Marriott

A very deeply researched history of the builders Harland and Wolff, the White Star Line, and the ships, their crews passengers and ultimate individual fates.  Beautifully produced, pub. 1998

510 pp. hardcover Fine Condition. Index. over 400 illustrations, photos drawing paintings 

A gripping read for anyone who has been to sea.

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The Lost Ships of Guadalcanal by Robert F Ballard with Rick Archbold

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

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Al About a Container Ship. by Friedrich Boer

12 pp hard cover over 100 photos all B&W pub. 1985

diagrams and tables long index

how to build and operate a container ship! 

Fine condition, dust cover  good condition

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British Ships Illustrated by AC Hardy

a fine book with ship by ship descriptions of vessels in the UK Merchant Navy  as at 1933

hard cover cloth bound  96 pp

fair condition no damage

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The European Discovery of America by Admiral Samuel Morison

The Northern voyages.

A brilliantly readable account of all known voyages across the North Atlantic prior to 1660.

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

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At the Edge of Empire - the life of Thomas Blake Glover by Michael Gardiner

226 pp. hard cover dust jacket very fine condition

some photos B&W

 

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The Voyages of Captain Cook by Rex and Thea Rienits

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

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The Western Ocean Packets by Basil Lubbock

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.

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Out of the Smoke by Ray Parkin

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.

An impressive read. 

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Sea Fever by Sam Jefferson

The true stories of famous seafaring authors and their adventures. Could be fiction but it's all real.

Absorbing and informative read.  Thrilling descriptions of life at sea especially by John Masefield, (a sailor before he was a poet).

332 pp. hard cover very good condition. photo section colour and B&W

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Shipwreck by Christine Hogarth

50 pp. soft cover good condition.

Pictorial study of relics brought up from the earliest shipwrecks around Australia

over 100 photos all colour

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Cazneaux's Sydney 1904 1934 presented by Philip Geeves

A selection of photographic works of art  byHarold Cazneaux

Taken mostly by glass plate negative the photos are a riveting study of Sydney life in and out of homes. Many street scenes showing horse car and electric traction. Many harbour scenes with lots of coal smoke!  Something to peruse again and again. Every photo has a  page of insightful  text. 

144 pp.Hard cover   120+ photos all B&W 

Book in fine condition except for sunning of spine

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Sea Fare magazine collection of 10 issues

July 1969 to March 1970. incomplete set + two copies Oct. 1968

Very good condition approx 40 pp. each many photos

fascinating record of Aust shipping esp. Sydney. period ads.

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Wooden Boats by Michael Ruhlman

In pursuit of the perfect boat at an American shipyard

322 pp. hard cover with laminated dust cover. Very fine condition

text only; 

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Sitelines by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

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

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Sea Jargon by Lew Lind

160 pp. Amusing and instructive. Wow your seafaring friends with terms such as 'Face like a scrubbed hammock' or 'Dutchmans breeches' or 'spewed her caulking'.

hard cover some drwgs and photos B&W

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Cooks to the Galley by Margaret and Ion Ullett

Published by the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron especially for ocean-going yachtsmen and their cooks.

A wonderful selection of easy-to-prepare (in tight spaces) recipes of every kind

A useful book in any kitchen to make preparing a meal  simpler with limited supplies and equipment.

Save the purchase price in the first meal !

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Great Sea Battles by Oliver Warner

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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Sea Heritage magazine issue 102 2012

Includes numerous news items  from SHF plus many other absorbing articles. Produced to very high standards.

published by SHF 2012   36 pp. Very Good condition

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Sea Heritage magazine issue 104 2012

Includes numerous news items  from SHF plus many other absorbing articles. Produced to very high standards.

published by SHF Spring 2012   36 pp. New condition

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