A prize must go for this most uninteresting and least informative book title.
However it turns out to be a wonderful compendium of tricks of the yachting trade. What happens when you hit a whale. How to stop your spare battery going flat. Packing a stern gland, keeping fit on a small boat. Some useful knots, hints to better cooking.
Delightful reading interesting and useful for the curious mind. Amusing but above all practical.
240 pp. soft cover in tough plastic slip protector. Fine condition
A very well-written deeply researched account of several sad losses at sea from Trial 1822 to Batavia in 1629 to the horrific Sydney Hobart events of 1998.
No maudlin sentimentality: just solid very readable fact.
Soft cover, 336 pp. long index, 12 page photo section, some colour.
Good condition, but book is poorly bound and some centre pages are threatening to come loose
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.
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
The full story of three horrific WWll experiences. The loss of HMAS Perth, the author's imprisonment by the Japanese on Burma Railway, and being shipped to Japan to work as coal miner.
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.
A massive tome, for Marine Engineer Officers, detailing every possible aspect of marine steam propulsion, including diesel. All auxiliary equipment is covered.
Published to satisfy the requirements of the Ministry of War Transport Examinations.
pub date uncertain, probably about 1935.
1860 pp. 1400 diagrams, and photos
Fair condition with sunning of pages and discolouration of binding. Contents intact.
A fascinating read for any reader with steam in his or her veins.
Needs no description except to say it is enthralling and very well written account of an adventurous man by air land and sea. The yacht Gypsy Moth it turns out is named for his DeHavilland aircraft.
400 pp. some photos B&W soft cover good condition but browning of paper pages.
Modern as defined in USA in 1995. "An encyclopaedic reference" "Authoritative yet Accessible" for all recreational boaters.
504 pp. Very Fine condition. Hard cover Comprehensive index Glossary of nautical terms including Mackerel Sky.
Many diagrams line drawings charts tables knots and tidal flows
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.
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
note: for the historic video "Calling Sydney Harbour" about tugs and pilots, see "DVDs and CDs"
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.
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" !)
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
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
"The startling truth about one of the most fateful of all disasters of the sea."
302 pp. photo sections all B&W historic. Index Hard cover dust cover small tears in places. Binding and pages Very Fine condition
A serious hsitory of the ship from inception, design construction, many voyages and final tragedy.
A study of preserved steamships across the world. Details such as builder engines boiler type dimensions are all given plus a potted history of each. Included are Lady Hopetoun, and Murray paddle wheelers, as well as US stern paddle wheelers, pleasure steamers, tugs, and ferries.
There is an enthralling and technically detailed chapter on Turbinia, Charles Parsons' successful steam turbine launch which caused a sensation by running rings around the Royal Navy's fastest vessels at the Spithead Review of 1897.
138 pp. published 1965 by the author. paperback. over 100 photos all B&W
Fair condition with some scuffing and signs of wear on the spine
A scholarly work following the advances in ship design from ancient Egypt to Drake's Golden Hind to WWII and what is to become. pub. 1957
232 pp. some colour plates, many drawings, glossary. For the historian.
book fine condition no dents. dustcover badly torn but fully protected by clear contact plastic
The first book published to describe the discovery, assessment and recovery process, and first steps in restoration, of the rusted hulk of James Craig in Recherche Bay Tasmania. 32 pp. soft cover full colour except historic B&W pub. 1978.
Liberally illustrated .
Fair condition with scuffed covers and evidence of old labels
An important work of history detailing the once all-encompassing shipping up and down the NSW coast. Each port is dealt with in detail. Many reminiscences by the men of those seas. By the author of 'The Islands of Sydney Harbour'
218 pp. over 150 photos all B&W full index
published 2001 by Waterways. soft cover
Fine condition with some scuffing of edges
A history of large sailing ships, but most of all a pictorial and detailed text study of the great survivors .
222 pp. over 350 photos all colour exc. historic B&W. Many fine paintings pub. 2014
A very elegant publication. Very good condition
A definitive history of the long lasting rivalry between shipowners and whole nations for the honour of offering the fastest Atlantic crossing. From earliest records to USS United States.
Every ship, its specifications, history, builders owners etc. is described, as well as the intensity (and cost) of the competition. A very satisfying read for any maritime fan.
192 pp. in Very Fine condition. The dust jacket is protected by a laminated plastic film
approx 50 photos all B&W. index of vessels and builders and lines