In Whom We Trust deals with sea disasters from the perspective of the ships’ captains.
Written by John Dikkenberg, a former naval captain and one of the masters of our sailing ship James Craig, the book brings a rare insight into the characters of the captains and what led these men to make the decisions that destroyed their ships. In many cases those examined fell into disaster having adopted the common attitudes of their day, some were incompetent while others were the victims of poor support from their companies or respective navies. In a few cases, they were let down by the material state of their ships or the technical inadequacies of their weapons.
Spread over fourteen chapters, the book covers a century of seafaring, beginning with Captain Edward Smith and the loss of Titanic and concluding with Captain Francesco Schettino and the loss of Costa Concordia. John examines the captains commanding Graf Spee, Kormoran and Sydney, USS Pueblo, HMS Jervis Bay, SS Flying Enterprise, USS Indianapolis, MV Wilhelm Gustloff, SV Maria Asumpta, the submarine HMS Thetis, the Commodore of Destroyer Squadron 11, the Flag Officer commanding the Bismarck Squadron and the pilot directing MV Mikhail Lermontoff.
The book follows a century of maritime history and demonstrates the role of leadership, whether on the bridge at sea or directing operations ashore.
360 pp. paperback
The stirring tale of the colourful history, acquisition, restoration and ongoing operation and maintenance of the 1902 steam tug Waratah.
This is a new revised edition with many more photos and more historical data revealed by further research
Cutaway colour drawing, sectioned drawing of machinery. Full specifications
Soft cover 40 pp. approx 50 photos some colour mostly historic B&W. published 2020
A concise and comprehensive story of one of SHF's operating historic steamers.
This story could not have been more deeply researched. It covers some of the history of steam ships, of ship building on the Clyde and particularly of the ship's builders, Bow, McLachlan & Co. of Paisley on the south bank of the River Clyde, immediately opposite John Brown's shipyard at Clydebank. Then comes the history of Pilotage on the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay. There are extensive end notes, references both print and internet. `
There is a full chapter on her ongoing restoration by Sydney Heritage Fleet.
"This is a must read for all maritime enthusiast and for those who are interested in an account of a steamship built in Scotland during a time of extraordinary vision and marine engineering".
Operations Manager Sydney Heritage Fleet
In the ODYSSEY by Homer the ten-year homeward voyage of the hero Odysseus was a mixture of strange encounters and struggle in dire situations.
Built in 1927 the steamer JOHN OXLEY has had a far longer voyage, longer than anyone could predict, as vessels of her generation are now few in number. While her history may not include tangling with sirens, beating off a six headed sea monster, or descending into The Underworld, the former Brisbane pilot steamer has had brushes with whales, destroyers and oil tankers in a storm-tossed Moreton Bay.
On its becoming obsolete in 1970, steam enthusiasts brought the Clyde-built vessel to Sydney. After 22 years of restoration JOHN OXLEY is now on her homeward voyage — to be operational again and a tangible contribution to the maritime history of Australia.
280 pp. paperback. over 200 illustrations, photos, drawings and paintings, some colour
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 finest possessions by one of the workers
Many drawings, facsimiles of old documents Many "people" photos taken during restoration
Soft cover 90 pp. approx 100 photos mostly colour
The first pilot, George Tobin, was licensed to ply his trade by Governor Gipps in Sydney in 1839 when Victoria was known as the Port Phillip District of New South Wales. There were no lighthouses at the Heads or along the coast to help ships on their way and the only navigation aids into the Yarra River were tea-tree stakes hammered into the by John Batman’s men.
In the early days, the pilot was put on a ship and taken off by a whaleboat launched from the beach at Queenscliff and rowed by convicts. The whaleboats, which had a limited range and did not put to sea in bad weather, were replaced by much bigger sailing cutters that provided a permanent cruising station outside the Heads from 1853.
The pilot’s job is to bring ships safely in and out of Port Phillip Bay and Western Port. In the Rip, the treacherous, narrow entrance to the bay, this requires exceptional seamanship, stamina and steady nerves. Modern pilot launches are a marvel of marine design that can handle the Rip in most of her moods but the pilot still boards and disembarks on a rope ladder at all hours and in all weather.
Wild seas were not the only danger the early pilots faced. Tobin had his ship, Childe Harold, taken by bushrangers. Captain Henry Draper survived being shot by a musket and stabbed with a cutlass when his ship, the Nelson, was boarded by 20 armed desperadoes who stole 8000 ounces of gold in Hobson’s Bay in 1852. Captain Montgomery Robinson was on the bridge of the German ship, Pfalz when the first shot of World War 1 was fired across her bows off Point Nepean in 1914.
A lot has changed in the past 175 years but some things remain the same. Batman’s ship Enterprise was the biggest man-made structure in Melbourne in 1835. Today, some of the oil tankers pilots guide into port, still, are bigger than the city’s tallest building.”
Published in 2018, 240 pages, hardcover. Limited stock allocation
A beautifully produced finely bound photo essay describing and illustrating 16 superb sailing ships from Australia and NZ
Included are Alma Doepel, Bounty, James Craig, Young Endeavour. This is no coffee table book, but a most informative and very readable work. Extensive text giving builder, rig, restoration, location, voyages, owners etc.
see image for full contents.
125 pp. over 100 high resolution colour photos. Hard cover cloth bound.
By a highly respected widely read tramway historian,
Deeply researched, the full history from steam to electric of the Manly tramways which sadly closed in 1939 essentially due to lack of patronage. Some fascinating relics remain to this day of the isolated system, which this book will enable you to explore.
Covers the freight line, Harbord, Narrabeen, The Spit, the tram-only ferry across Middle Harbour to The Spit
72 pp. 70 + photos all B&W. Detailed text, maps diagrams
A high quality historical overview of the very large Sydney Tramway system, one of the most extensive in the world and largest in the Southern Hemisphere.
By Dale Budd and Randall Wilson, two highly respected tramway historians.
An absorbing read with many photographs which will bear repeated scrutiny in detail.
Individual studies of each line, the tram types, the workshops and preservation.
96 PAGES ALL COLOUR (except B&W originals).
A broad ranging summary of the history of the huge Sydney Tramway system, one of the most extensive in the world and largest in the Southern Hemisphere. By David Keenan a prolific and highly respected tramway historian.
An absorbing read with many photographs which will bear repeated scrutiny in detail.
Individual studies of services on each line, the development of tram types, the picturesque destination rolls, carrying colour symbols, as well as names: reputedly because in the late 19th century not all intending travellers were literate!
The cover shows Maroubra Junction with trams on the beach route and the La Perouse line. Rear cover is an evocative mosaic of scenes from the heyday, and the fate of many fine tramcars. At top left an O class car turns into Victoria Road Rozelle!
88 pp. over 60 photos all B&W desto rolls in full colour
The ferry services on Sydney Harbour tell a tale of entrepreneurs, master shipbuilders, the urban development of Sydney and even the tragedy of war. Above all else, however, the story of the ferries is the journey itself.’ - Boat Books Australia
A beautifully produced detailed study of the history of ferries on Sydney Harbour from the Parramatta River rowing boat ferry in 1789, up to the year 2017 and the latest large catamarans (Victor Chang class) and the Emerald class . There are over 500 photos depicting every fascinating aspect of ferry transport on Sydney Harbour.
Each ferry service is treated in detail according to destination. It is a book to give pleasure many times.
216 pp, Approx. 500 photos, all colour except for historic B&W. soft cover
A delightful collectors' piece to enjoy many times over at leisureThe Hunt Collection contains over 60 beautifully restored photographs of the small ships that served the towns and farm settlements along the Richmond and Wilson Rivers from the seaport of Ballina upstream to Coraki Casino,Lismore and many landings in between.. George Hunt was a prolific photographer and took hundreds of photos from 1908 of all the boats that passed his Tuckurimba farm. From small droghers to large steamers; paddle wheelers and picnic launchers, George captured life on the river like no other. Produced by Jacqui Kennedy, each boat has been thoroughly researched and together with an overview of early pioneer shipbuilders, this book is a comprehensive history of 100 years of shipping on the Richmond. www.gettwisted.com.au/huntThe text accompanying the photographs, mostly of river boats and launches is either based on author's research or facsimiles from sources such as newspapers. Technical specs provided would be useful to those with knowledge of such matters.The service histories of the ships covers the working to end of life stories such as wrecks, scuttling, scrapping, even war service in Vietnam, fascinating stuff.The photographs are all black and white,well composed and well focused,action shots of propellor wakes,opening bridges and such like.The social histories of the people living along the river are also recorded,as is the invasive water hyacinth weed. A map of the river system is provided for readers to fill in their understanding of the river geography.54 pp. hard cover over 60 photos
REVIEW 0F "THE MARINE PAINTINGS OF ROBERT CARTER"
Robert Carter has been a member of SHF for many years now and assisted on Waratah's restoration back in the 1980s at the "Pens" mini dry dock in Pyrmont. Since then, Robert has devoted a huge amount of his time and energy into researching and painting the histories and technical detail of sailing ships, particularly from the early to mid 1900s.
Robert's output in this book is prodigious with over 200 quality artworks presented to the highest quality. These artworks depict many commercial sailing vessels from this fascinating period in our maritime history - This was when steamships had made vast inroads into ocean commerce, but there were still hundreds of sailing vessels still working, mostly with iron or steel hulls.
Robert's artworks are fascinating to view. His technical research has been extensive and those with authentic knowledge here will not be disappointed. Robert's paintings are primarily portraits of historic ships from the past, however, his paintings include sea, sky and weather, and it was fascinating to see Robert's portrayal of these important aspects of marine paintings.
Many of Robert's paintings also show wharf, port and harbour scenes and he has also deeply researched these locations and portrayed them as a study of port life at that time. Unlike a photographer, the artist has a license to collect a scene that portrays multiple aspects of a place, and Robert skillfully uses this to build his painting.
Each artwork is accompanied by a page of text that describes each ship and also gives technical and social accounts for each vessel, and also gives other information such as commercial aspects, cargo carried and the lives of crews.
These descriptions add to Robert's work here and establish this book as both greatly entertaining and informative. Indeed, this excellent publication is a worthy addition to our libraries.
--- Andy Munns
There is a full index, glossary of terms, bibliography and Epilogue: the closing scenes of the tall ship era.
A fine volume to be referred to time and again.
All books ordered online will be numbered and signed, with an additional inscription available on request.
For people who love ships.
over 160 colour photos of vessels in existence, merchant naval and sail. Sections on flags, company insignia, engines,
text descriptions of each vessel and type, plus a chapter on preserved and restored ships including SHF
published Ships Worldwide P/L Australia 2007
204 pp. bibliography, full index, A4 size hard cover on glossy paper.
A fine publication to dip into time and again.
A book of superb paintings of famous sailing ships, working sail from colonial times, warships and modern freighters by Australian Oswald Brett. The author tells his own story: learning to paint in Sydney as a boy; war service at sea and global travels. Paintings of The Golden Hind, James Craig, Endeavour, the First Fleet, Queen Elizabeth, Cutty Sark, Bounty, Bismarck and many more.
There are paintings by other artists, John Alcott, Charles Pears, Anton Otto Fischer and Charles Robert Patterson.
Hard cover 192 pp. pub. 2014. approx Square format 26 x 24 mm
Robert Carter collected data for this book for over 30 years.
An impressive collection including maritime paintings by the author.
It is an anthology of stories, anecdotes, poems, photographs and drawings depicting life, culture and activities in the last commercial sailing ships between the years 1906 and 1957 and is illustrated with 42 paintings.
Each work imparts a wonderful sense of motion in the sea and sails
The information was recorded first-hand from the final generation of sailing ship mariners. As there are very few still living, this book will be the last to use the words of those who experienced life in these ships.
Format: Hardcover with a 128 gsm glossy art paper dust jacket.
Pages: 304, printed on 120 gsm wood-free paper
Colour: 51 colour plates and 35 photographs printed on 128 gsm glossy art paper.
Dimensions: 290 x 210 mm
Weight: 1.5 kg
A work to pore over at leisure noting the precise detail perfect artistry and the wonderful sense of motion in the sea and sails.
from the author:
Paint Me A Ship is a unique, luxurious, full-colour publication intended for readers interested in marine art and the history it captures.
In Part I there are 30 major new paintings completed since the publication of my first book, Windjammers – The Final Story, each with historical and artistic notes. I have also includes a chapter with insights and practical information for how to capture the sea, sky and weather conditions so that a painted ship truly looks like a ship, shared from a lifetime of painting.
In Part II I have gathered together outstanding examples of contemporary marine paintings, models and scrimshaw, created by members of the Australian Society of Marine Artists. The book celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Society and includes over 70 works I consider to be equal to the world’s best.
Dimensions: 250 x 285 mm
Illustrations: 152 colour paintings, 11 colour photos, 3 b&w photos, 15 line drawings
Glorious maritime paintings by the author conveying a wonderful sense of the deep seas, subtleties of light and precise detail in the ships, with historic photos
from the author
Wartime Windjammers is a monograph exploring the important – yet little-known – role played by the last sailing ships during World War II.
Although already the author of two books and numerous articles on the subject of the last fifty years of the sailing ship era, it occurred to me that a significant narrative was waiting to be singled out and told …
As World War II was raging and hundreds of thousands of tons of shipping were being sunk, there were twenty-seven large sailing ships quietly contributing to the movement of precious cargo around the world, four of which became victims of enemy action.
Wartime Windjammers shines a light on this little-known aspect of the war, and brings together the story of the ships, their crews and their wartime voyages.
Format: Soft cover
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches (229 x 152mm)
Illustrations: 10 colour paintings, 4 b&w photos
The impressive story of the raising of a hulk back to the glory of James Craig as she is now.
Hands on Deck follows the history of a ship built in 1874 as Clan Macleod carrying cargo to and from seaports all over the world, before being renamed James Craig in 1905.
The ship was a rusting hulk, sunk and abandoned for 42 years. ... Now completely restored down to every rivet and wooden plank, every sheave and strand of rope, she makes regular ocean voyages, sails billowing from all three masts.
An elegantly produced book, hard cover with dust jacket.
Published by Citrus Press 2006
164 pp. many full page colour photos others B&W