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In a secular world ,this book might have little appeal to many readers. However on reading this book I found much of interest starting from the early years of the RAN,the Chaplains in those early years had more people to serve,who professed and practised their faith,than would be the case today. Later on in WW11,some chaplains notably Keith Mathieson,were taken prisoner by the Japanese and helped unfortunate fellow victims in practical as well as spiritual ways. This work is worth reading for providing a different point of view.
From 1912 to the Vietnam War, chaplains did much more than simply conduct services and burials. Their role in maintaining the morale and mental health of serving men was important and at times crucial in situations such as POW prisons.. . Well written and full of gripping anecdotes, leaving the reader impressed by the strength of character of the gentle chaplain.
348 pp. over 25 photos all B&W taken over a wide time scale
Very Fine condition in clear wrapper with an unusual break out in the front dust wrapper. see image
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, many colour plates.
Remarkably, inscribed inside front cover " J. Whyte. CHIEF ENGINEER
P&O RMS MOOLTAN. COLOMBO 6th October 1937"
" Managing Director's Compliments "
Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company 122 Leadenhall Street London E.C.3
Perhaps a rare copy of a book published mainly for the officers and staff
Very Good condition with no damage o r missing pages. Dust cover intact but scuffed and badly sunned.
A fascinating read especially for former P&O travellers.
photos show endpapers and title page
The Authorised Story.
Much research and input from Cunard give the inside story on this great symbol of British marine history.
A fascinating story told with great skill.
190 pp. full index approx 20 photos and drawings.
Fine condition. dust cover very slight creasing
Vessel by vessel chronologically. Each ship is photographed with detailed historical text
220 pp. hard cover. Fleet lists bibliography and index
Fine condition with small tear at front lower RHS of dust cover
Vessel by vessel chronologically. Each ship is photographed with detailed historical text
220 pp. hard cover. Over 100 photos all B&W. Fleet lists bibliography and index
Fine condition with small dent at top RHS
Remember the Cogedar Line, or The Matson Line's magnificent Mariposa and Monterey? Some ships had up to four different owners, and sometimes radical changes to their appearance.
Shipping company by company, vessel by vessel, the book gives a history of building, successive owners, vital statistics and huge numbers of photographs.
324pp. over 100 photos all B&W.
Very fine condition one small tear at top RHS rear of dust cover.
The author himself, a very famous skipper of fully rigged ships and widely travelled sailor, covers every aspect of the ship from building in Dumbarton in 1869 to her preservation.
96 pp. over 40 illustrations, paintings and photos, all B&W
Fine condition dust cover very good, in clear wrapper
206 pp. hardback approx 100 photos
Describes the author's build-up to a life at sea, years on windjammers, then steamers, little ships and warships and War
a very readable and often gripping life story
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Very Good condition, but some tears in dust cover
From this renowned sailor and prolific writer a history of the many eras of sail and steam on what Europeans called the Western Ocean: that is, the North Atlantic. The Gulf Stream, the Doldrums the ice packs are described intimately in Villiers polished and readable style. Never a dull page.
208 pp hardback several photo sections, all B&W index
Fine condition dust cover some slight rubbing and sunning.
Informative and entertaining
A very fine pictorial study of the many types of British mercant sailing ships, their crews, builders owners and work.
110 pp. over 150 photos and very full captions.
A satisfying book to dip into, subject by subject.
A sought-after classic by this well-respected chronicler of Sydney's and Australia's maritime life and history.
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signed by the author December 1975 (A christmas present?)
130 pp. over 200 photos some in colour. Table of ferry statistics. Translations of Aboriginal names
Very Fine condition in plastic wrapper
The memoir of a tea clipper captain told in gripping and vivid terms by the man who lived through the most important era of sail. It doesn't get more real than this, history told in fluent prose by a man who made it.
238 pp. index and introduction by David MacGregor
Very Fine condition
A very detailed history of shipping types around Australia, from tall ships, tugs, tankers, cargo vessels, passenger ships, warships, even Murray paddlewheelers. There are 20 chapters, each profusely illustrated
200 pp. over 150 photos, drawings, paintings, some in colour.
Fine condition. some scuffing of dust cover edges.
A good read, to dip into many times.
In depth history of the ship's every move during her remarkable time as a prize captured by New Zealand.
Accompanied by many photos and maps, documents and paintings.
The book is a very full way to experience the life and times of the famous clipper during her unusual voyages in WWII, after her early life with the Erikson Line
270 pp. over 100 images, some colour.
very fine condition in clear plastic wrapper.
202 pp. 12 colour plates over 100 photos all B&W
A fascinating collection of reminiscences of the great era of windjammers as it slowly ended in the early 20th century.
Wonderfully well-illustrated exciting and informative
Very good condition slight sunning
The author is a retired Captain of Marines, and well-known authority on Merchant shipping.
A wonderful tour through all things maritime. Sail steam machinery, boilers, undersea work. "A wealth of nautical lore".
It has appeal to seafarers and spectators.
252 pp. 60 photos all B&W, some drawings. Written in an amusing but informative style
Very good condition, Dust cover some small tears and scuffing.
The whole story from inception, intriguing early designs, to the present day
Many photos drawings cartoons , posters
120 pp. over 150 illustrations hard cover
Fine condition some creasing of dust cover only pub. 1982 Allen and Unwin
The epic tale of Shackletons voyage to Antarctica in 1915.
Many of Hurley's superb photographs illustrating the trials endured by the expedition.
184 pp. approx 50 photos full text. Epilogue: the pieces left afterwards.
Very Fine condition
A pictorial record from 1930 to 1936 from the laying down of keel, through launching, fitting out and voyages.
Fascinating views of her sumptuous interiors, and propulsion machinery.
approx 60 pages over 100 photos all B&W. hard cover
full descriptive text with all photos.
Good condition, some fading and sunning of cover.
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
Out-of-print and highly sought after
From early pre-colonial times to wartime to tourist destination, Cleverly pictures the moods and identities of the waterways. Profusely illustrated with detailed text. A delightful read in a most elegant design.
Hardback 360 pp. 100+ photos some colour, cover wrapper intact. Very Good condition.
Soft cover 360 pp. approx. 100 photos. some colour. pub. 2009 UNSW Press $25.00
An outstanding history of the major ships and shipping lines which plied the Australia trade from Europe during the 1920s thru the 1970s. P&O, Sitmar, Cogedar, Flotta Lauro, Huddart Parker, over 25 companies covered with copious illustrations.
Large format 210 pp. approx 200 photos all B&W
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 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
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