Books on ferries, tall ships, seagoing history

Waiting For the Ferry by Allen and Mathieson

A beautifully produced detailed study of the history of ferries on Sydney Harbour from the Parramatta River ferry in 1789, up to the year 2017 and the latest large catamarans (Victor Chang class)

Each ferry service is treated in detail according to destination.

soft cover

216 pp,  Approx. 400 photos, all colour except for historic B&W



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All Hands on Deck by Michael York

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




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In Whom We Trust by John Dikkenberg

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



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Ships and the Sea. Ship paintings by Oswald Brett

 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


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