Boiler Maintenance Regulations . Department of Railways New South Wales. free postage

Inscribed "Narrabri North" depot, issued to Mr. L. Bowers 8th August 1938 and signed by successive managers up to 1st September 1964. Perhaps the depot closed soon after.

A classic piece of engineering history, but also a revealing study of how very seriously the NSWGR took the matter of boiler safety. Penalties were imposed for the breaking-off of studs.


Many chapters of detailed text laying down test and repair methods, and 36 fine line drawings of tools and structures.  Figure 18 is a nice drawing of procedure for forming a bossed hole when fitting tubes in a copper firebox arch.  see image above.

Comparison with SHF steamers' boiler design is interesting. It seems many loco boilers had copper fireboxes.


106 pp. 

plus Appendix containing 36 line drawings, in loose leaf binder secured by screwed sockets at LHS, enabling updates to be inserted as received.

Fair condition, well-used.

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Oceanography in the Days of Sail by Ian Jones and Joyce Jones

see image for precis

The detailed and very readable story of the immense contributions to the knowledge of navigation and geography made by the brave sailors of the 1700s and 1800s.

The story is quite technical in places but the narrative carries the reader along as it describes the ships, men and voyages almost in the style of an adventure novel.

287 pp. in fine quality cloth bound hard cover. Some maps, drawings portraits and etchings 

Very Fine condition, as new.

A book to keep on hand and refer to time after time.


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Brown's Knots and Splices by Captain Jutsum

The classic work on the subject.

80 pp over 120 fine line drawings  Notes on ropes, tables of strength.

Card cover. Good condition, firm binding. Some sunning of spine and foxing of paper.

A valuable reference book  for the rope work course.


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Admiralty Manual of Seamanship Volume III

A collector's piece, concise and as true today as at date of publication, 1964

Fine condition tight copy in hard buckram binding. . Dust cover disintegrating. Paper some foxing of age.

396 pp. many fine line drawings


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Marine Centrifugal Pumping Engines published by Drysdale and Co. Glasgow

Be impressed by the superb Scottish engineering in the pumps described.

A maker's product sales  "brochure" of very high quality and detail.  A clear description of these important pieces of engine room machinery

Many fine photos and drawings.  hard cover 90 pp.

very good condition..



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Seamanship Handbook by George J Bonwick , Master Mariner. 1st edition

Published 1952; old but not entirely out-dated. Also of interest for its historical value.

272 pp. long index, Glossary of terms. Over 80 fine line drawings, some photos, colour page of signal flags

Clothbound,  tight copy. Good condition some spotting and scuffing of covers


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Ships and Ship Models

A most unusual collection of magazines aimed at maritime enthusiasts and ship modellers. 

fascinating articles about actual ships , developments in shipping world-wide reminiscences by sailors, a smorgasbord of maritime history. And many detailed studies of model-making techniques and ideas. Period ads from suppliers

21 issues all from the mid-1930s. Mostly in fair condition, some with loose covers. All perfectly readable


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Know Your Own Ship by T. Walton pub 1945

First published 1896 and into over 26 fresh editions this important work is a manual of ship design and construction.

420 pp. many drawings. Fascinating and still relevant to modern methods of construction and maintenance.

Fair condition: some blotching of paper and small tear to spine binding


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Amaze your friends when you tell them what draftage is.

96 pp. pub 1971 Pitman London

Good condition


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C E BELLIS Illustrated Catalogue 1893

A reproduction edition of the Catalogue issued by this famous company to display the amazing range of steam machinery manufactured by them, as of January 1893.

Every machine is described fully,  accoompanied by a beautiful illustration which  seems almost photographic but is in fact hand drawn and artfully highlighted. The firm also made boilers, air compressors, refrigeration compressors, steering engines, and complete machinery sets for steam launches. 

A fascinating read and a pictorial delight. 

Good condion, some creasing of cover, and slight sunning. All pages clean and undamaged.

54 pp.  approx 40 illustrations. Soft cover. The cover has become detached at the staples but has been neatly  cemented back in place


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Weir Marine Steam Auxiliaries

A rare and important book. The Weir pump is virtually universal in steam ships, incl.  SHF steam vessels.

Basic use and servicing instructions for the machines named on the cover

Many fine drawings with numbered references and photos all B&W 

102 pp.    Index  soft cover 


 Very Fine condition wrapped  in tissue paper




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The Cutty Sark vol. II by C N Longridge

The perfect companion to tall ship modellers, but specifically Cutty Sark. 

A very fully researched completely detailed study of the building of a model of the famous vessel.

vol.2 deals with hull, deck and rigging 

There are any very fine line drawings of detail components, and some photos to give an overall view.

232 pp. hard cover in clear wrapper.  Good condition with ageing colouration of paper, title page is separating from end papers otherwise tight.


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