Home and Back by Stuart Bremer

Until well into the 20th century most Australians had some ancestral connection to Britain and referred to it as "Home" . At least 20 shipping companies ran regular line voyages to English ports mostly via Suez Canal or Cape of Good Hope. Passenger/cargo vessels predominated.

The book gives  a short history of the ships and the companies accompanied by superb photos, some two page spreads

222 pp. over 100 photos all B&W  Quarto format

A superb book to dip into and savour the grandeur of passenger vessels up to their peak with P&O Oriana and Canberra

Fine condition. some spotting of page tops. dust cover minor scuffing at top edge

$55.00

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Coast to Coast by Peter Plowman

A history of the many impressive ocean liners that plied the coastal ports of Australia  and the companies which owned them.

196 pp. soft cover Very Fine condition. Over 100 photos B&W some colour. period ads.

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$54.00

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Steamers in the South by Ronald Parsons

Illustrated history of steam ships around Australia and NZ 1840 to 1970

128 pp. hard covers over 150 photos all historic B&W

Fine condition very slight denting/scoring of dust cover

$15.00

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Ships That Passed by Scott Baty. The glorious era of travel to Australia and New Zealand

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.

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Titanic by Leo Marriott.

The fullest account of her planning, building, fitting out, crewing, enormous public interest in her departure and eventual sad end. There is a ot of background on the master, Captain Edward Smith and other officers, the controversy surrounding California, the steamer which may have witnessed the sinking but did not approach. 

A pretty concise history. 

160 pp. hard back. Over 150 photos all B&W. 16 page colour section of paintings many full page.

Very good condition. dust cover some tears at top edges.

$20.00

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QE2 by Neil Potter and Jack Frost

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

$15.00

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Atlantic Highway by Warren Armstrong

From the earliest crossings by tall sail, bearing thousands of fearful immigrants, to the glories of 1930' liners the book describes the wonderful progress of Atlantic passage,

He concludes however that jets will never supplant sea travel because it is so much more luxurious....

A worthwhile read for those who love the joy of sea travel

 

Published 1961, Harrap. Hard back 240 pp. full index,approx 40 photos all B&W

Fine condition, dust cover small tears at corners.

$18.00

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Ile de France a biography by Don Stanford

The full story of the famous French liner from building in 1926 to eventual sale and breaking-up in 1958

After war service with the British,  1939 to 1945 she was rebuilt extensively and returned to the Atlantic run.

A very adventurous long-lived ship and a well written tale full of amusing anecdotes.

184 pp. over 30 photos.

Good condition some sunning and some spotting of a few pages.

$15.00

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Great Liners at War by Stephen Harding

An illustrated history of some of the ocean liners of the 20th century pressed into war service in WWI and WWII. British German ships described in well-researched detail.

160 pp. over 150 photos all B&W. Index. Text notes and Bibliography.

 

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The Ismay Line by Wilton J Oldham

A must-read. The full history of the shipping company which commissioned Titanic, and sister ship Olympic but before that many liners with the -ic name ending. 

Starting with its founder, T H Ismay the story moves through the Titanic sinking, to the company's  eventual demise after being the most successful shipping line in the world.

An inspiring read.

286 pp. Index several photos.

Very Good condition dust cover virtually perfect. some sunning of upper face

$18.00

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Exploring the Lusitania by Robert Ballard

A very detailed study of the ship's history, the social background, its voyages and final loss. Then the discovery of the wreck and its exploration by remote controlled sub built by the discoverer of the wreck of Titanic. pub. 1995

228 pp. over 200 illustrations B&W and colour. Index

Hard cover Fine condition

$29.00

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Exploring the Titanic by Robert D. Ballard

A pictorial account of the ship's history, the social background, its voyage and final  discovery of the wreck and its exploration by remote controlled sub built by the author. pub. 1988

64 pp. over 100 illustrations B&W and colour. glossary and bibliography

Soft cover Fair condition

$25.00

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Business in Great Waters by George F Kerr

The World War II story of the P & O Line whose ships served many vital functions, steaming 4.5 million miles on active service.

A fascinating tribute to the bravery of the British merchant navy.

194 pp. several photos. Good condition. Dust jacket some tears.

$5.00

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Pacific Liners 1927 - 1972

Shipping company by company the book describes 228 ships in detail and 24 of lesser importance. 

134 pp. illustrations are all line drawings. Index and Fleet list by size 

Fine condition  A very useful reference

$10.00

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A Hundred Year History of the P & O by Boyd Cable

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

$30.00

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Passenger Ships of Australia and New Zealand by Peter Plowman Vol. II 1913 - 1980

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

 

$20.00

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Passenger Ships of Australia and New Zealand by Peter Plowman Vol. I 1876 - 1912

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 

 

$20.00

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