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  • Oxygen
  • Charles Darwin. Victorian Mythmaker
  • Robert Louis Stevenson In Samoa
  • A Stain in the Blood
  • Four Mums in a Boat
  • Finding Pax
  • Never Fear
  • Ragamuffin Man
  • Black Sails White rabbits
  • The Notorious Captain Hayes
  • Greenpeace Captain
  • Soundings
  • The Last Grain Race
  • Playing With water
  • In the Eye of the Storm
  • Addicted to Adventure.
  • Where the Hell is Tuvalu?
  • Life & Adventures 1776-1801
  • Shipping Out
  • Commander
  • A Captain's Duty
  • Master Mariner
  • Flinders - The Man Who Mapped Australia
  • Bligh - Master Mariner
  • Captain James Cook
  • Bligh. William Bligh In the South Seas
  • Unfurling the World-DVD
  • Deadliest Waters
  • Down to the Sea in Ships
  • Living the Dream
  • Zane Grey
  • Two Years Before the Mast
  • Eight sailing / Mountain Exploration Books
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    OXYGEN
    A Memoir

    By William Trubridge. Softback, 0.44kg, 150mm x 235mm, 326 pages, Colour Photographs. Published 2017.

    The incredible under-water world of William Trubridge. A memoir of an aquatic affinity, the power of the subconscious mind and testing the limits of human physiology.

    New Zealander William Trubridge has reached depths never thought possible on the precipice of low oxygen. In a sport where failure usually means blacking out, it is a freediver's daily life to contend with suffocation, narcosis, hallucinations, lactic acidosis, compressed lungs, and immense water-column pressure - all while diving into depths of ink black ocean.

    Exquisitely written, Oxygen is a mind-altering and immersive coming-of-age story about a boy who grew up on a sailing boat, with the sea his classroom and playground. It is about fighting the trappings of life on land, and pushing the limits of human physiology, to become the world's greatest freediver.

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    CHARLES DARWIN
    Victorian Mythmaker

    By A.N. Wilson. Softback, 0.58kg, 155mm x 235mm, 438 pages, Colour/ Black and White Photographs. Published 2017.

    Charles Darwin: the man who discovered evolution? The man who killed off God? Or a flawed man of his age, part genius, part ruthless careerist who would not acknowledge his debts to other thinkers?

    Darwin was described by his friend and champion, Thomas Huxley, as a 'symbol'. But what did he symbolize? In Wilson's portrait, Darwin was two men. On the one hand, he was a naturalist of genius, a patient and precise collector and curator who greatly expanded the possibilities of taxonomy and geology. On the other hand, Darwin, a seemingly diffident man who appeared gentle and even lazy, hid a burning ambition to be a universal genius. He longed to have a theory which explained everything.

    But was Darwin's 1859 master work, On the Origin of Species, really what it seemed, a work about natural history? Or was it in fact a consolation myth for the Victorian middle classes, reassuring them that the selfishness and indifference to the poor were part of nature's grand plan?

    Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker is a radical reappraisal of one of the great Victorians, a book which isn't afraid to challenge the Darwinian orthodoxy while bringing us closer to the man, his revolutionary idea and the wider Victorian age.

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    ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON IN SAMOA

    By Joseph Farrell. Softback, .45kg, 155mm x 235mm, 352 pages, Black & White Photographs. Published 2017.

    Almost every adult and child is familiar with his Treasure Island, but few know that Robert Louis Stevenson lived out his last years on an equally remote island, which was squabbled over by colonial powers much as Captain Flint's treasure was contested by the mongrel crew of the Hispaniola.

    In 1890 Stevenson settled in Upolu, an island in Samoa, after two years sailing round the South Pacific. He was given a Samoan name and became a fierce critic of the interference of Germany, Britain and the U.S.A. in Samoan affairs - a stance that earned him Oscar Wilde's sneers, and brought him into conflict with the Colonial Office, who regarded him as a menace and even threatened him with expulsion from the island.

    This pioneering study of Stevenson's twilight years stands apart from previous biographies by giving as much weight to the Samoa and the Samoans - their culture, their manners, their history - as to the life and work of the man himself..

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    A STAIN IN THE BLOOD
    The Remarkable Voyage of Sir Kenelm Digby.

    By Joe Moshenska. Paperback, 0.50kg, 130mm x 200mm, 553 pages, Published 2016.

    On the 16th of August 1628, five battle-scarred English ships sailed into the harbour of the Greek island of Milos. Dropping anchor, the 25-year-old captain banqueted with the local lord before sitting down to write an account of his journey – an account that would transform him entirely.

    Sir Kenelm Digby was one of the most remarkable Englishmen who ever lived: a trusted advisor to the King, but the sworn enemy of the all-powerful Duke of Buckingham; a pioneering philosopher and scientist, but committed to the occult arts of alchemy and astrology; a friend not only of Ben Jonson, Thomas Hobbes and van Dyck, but even Oliver Cromwell. He was also widely known as the ‘son of a traytor and husband of a whore’: a man who witnessed his father’s gruesome execution for high treason as a Gunpowder Plotter, and the lover of the most celebrated beauty of the age, Venetia Stanley.

    In an attempt to clear his name, and on a quest for personal glory, Digby assembled a fleet and set sail for the Mediterranean: a world of pirate cities and ancient ruins where people, ideas and exotic goods moved freely between languages and nations. His journey – encompassing fevers, mutiny, piracy, daring rescues and heroic sea battles – is a great and terribly overlooked adventure, and a prism through which to view England, and all of Europe, during one of the most pivotal periods in its history.

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    FOUR MUMS IN A BOAT

    By Helen Butters, Niki Doeg, Frances Davies and Janette Benadddi. 0.45 kgs, Paperback, 154mm x 234mm, 296 pages, Full coloure Photographs. Published 2017.

    The incredible true story of four ordinary working mums from Yorkshire who took on an extraordinary challenge and broke a world record along the way. Janette, Frances, Helen and Niki, though all from Yorkshire, were four very different women, all juggling full time jobs alongside being mothers to each of their 2 children. They could never be described as athletes, but they were determined to be busy and the local Saturday morning rowing club was the perfect place to go to have a laugh and a gossip, get the blood pumping in the open air, and feel invigorated.

    Brought together by their love of rowing, they quickly became firm friends, and it wasn't long before they cooked up a crazy idea over a few glasses of wine: together, they were going to do something that fewer people than had gone into space or climbed Everest had succeeded in doing. They were going to cross 3,000 miles of treacherous ocean in the toughest row in the world, The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

    Yes, they had children and husbands that they would be leaving behind for two months, yes they had businesses to run, mortgages to pay, responsibilities. And there was that little thing of them all being in their 40s and 50s.

    But two years of planning, preparation, fundraising, training and difficult conversations later, and they found themselves standing on the edge of the San Sebastian harbour in the Canary Islands, petrified, exhilarated and ready to head up the race of their lives.

    This is the story of how four friends together had the audacity to go on a wild, terrifying and beautiful adventure, not to escape life, but for life not to escape them.

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    FINDING PAX
    The Unexpected Journey of a Little Wooden Boat.

    By Kaci Cronkhite. Softback, 160mm x 240mm, 199 pages, Colour / Black & White Photographs. Published 2016.

    On an island in Denmark where the oldest oak tree in Europe grows, a lone builder nicknamed “the perfectionist” crafted a boat with his hands. In 1936, the boat was finished and her journey began.
    Seventy years later in Port Townsend, Washington—just minutes after a near catastrophe was averted in the marina outside her office window—Kaci Cronkhite opened an email. A Danish spidsgatter named Pax was for sale in Victoria, British Columbia.
    The journey that brought the two together became a quest that connected families in three countries with history that had been lost.
    What Kaci didn’t know—what no one knew—was where and how far Pax had journeyed, what she survived those seven decades and what those who loved her would always remember.

    The author From 1994 to 2001, Kaci Cronkhite sailed more than 60,000 miles as hired crew on boats in oceans around the world, earned a Captain's license, conducted research, wrote articles, and taught all aspects of ocean passage-making.
    She stayed in Port Townsend and a few months later, was asked to take the helm of the Festival. For a decade, she served as director of the event in addition to executive roles with Wooden Boat Foundation & Northwest Maritime Center.
    In 2007, Pax entered her life..

    The Boat Technically, Pax is a “spidsgatter,” a design term chosen in Denmark to brand a new sailboat racing class in 1926. In English, the word translates from Danish as “two pointy ends” or “two butts.” (“double-ender.”) Spidsgatters were built to specifications in six sizes, commissioned by individual owners. Pax represents the second-largest size, at twenty-eight feet long and nearly ten feet wide. Fewer than two hundred were built. Of the estimated twenty to thirty spidsgatters sold in the 1960s, only a dozen remain.

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    NEVER FEAR
    Reliving the Life of Sir Francis Chichester.

    By Ian Strathcarron. Hardback, 1.18kg, 160mm x 240mm, 426 pages, Colour / Black & White Photographs. Published 2016.

    Sir Francis Chichester (1901–72) lived a large-scale life, the stuff of boy’s adventure novels. With this biography, the first in more than thirty years, his incredible experiences get the treatment they deserve.

    Born in rural Devon, Chichester suffered through a troubled childhood and an unhappy education before fleeing for New Zealand right after World War I. The move changed his life dramatically: within ten years he had built a successful business in mining, forestry, and development. He also took up the hobby that would come to define his life: flying. In 1930, he became the first pilot to fly solo from New Zealand to Australia, but his subsequent attempt to circumnavigate the globe was less successful: he crashed in Japan and was lucky to survive. Returning to England, Chichester served in the RAF during World War II, then, in his fifties, took up sailing—and quickly became the most famous yachtsman in the world, completing a trip in 1966 that made him the first man to officially sail around the world solo.

    Never Fear tells all these stories in vivid detail, while also capturing the essence of the man himself, offering a rounded, compelling picture of this larger-than-life character

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    RAGAMUFFIN MAN
    By David Salter. Hardback, 0.60kg, 160mm x 235mm, 344 pages, Published 2016.

    In 1938 a knockabout 11-year-old kid from Marrickville, Sydney, is suddenly confronted by mortality. His mother dies. His father has little time for him and at 14 he leaves school to learn a trade.

    In 2016 that same boy is a multi-millionaire. He owns – and runs – the Australian Development Corporation, Sydney City Marine, a host of associated companies and countless office and housing blocks. He is also one of the world’s most successful sailors, having won Sydney–Hobart races in his Ragamuffin yachts and competed eight times for Australia in the Admiral’s Cup. He jointly holds the record for the most America’s Cup campaigns – all self-funded and managed personally.

    He is Syd Fischer, the Ragamuffin man, and he's known as perhaps the toughest and most uncompromising Australian businessman and sportsman of the past half century. This is the story of Fischer’s remarkable life, and of his unrelenting quest to win the Sydney–Hobart Yacht Race one more time.

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    BLACK SAILS WHITE RABBITS
    By Kevin A Hall. Paperback, 0.37kg, 140mm x 214mm, 301 pages, Published 2016.

    Young sailor and aspiring Olympic competitor Kevin A. Hall’s biggest dream was to raise a family. But within the space of a year, he was diagnosed with both testicular cancer and bipolar disorder, putting his family and Olympic dreams on hold. He soon found that surviving cancer was the easy part.

    At the age of twenty, Hall began experiencing the exhilarating highs and terrifying lows of bipolar disorder—along with delusions that could make his reality seem like a waking nightmare. And in what could have been a final blow, after four years of struggling to provide love and support, his soul mate chose self-preservation and walked away.

    Now a renowned Olympic and America’s Cup sailor with a wonderful wife and family, Hall shares a behind-the-scenes look at his struggles with mental illness in this riveting memoir. In the face of crushing ups and downs, hospitalizations, and family drama, Hall has learned to weather the ever-changing tide of health struggles and personal woes, achieving success despite seemingly impossible odds.

    A courageous look at a life filled with overwhelming challenges, this frank and fierce memoir also contains a surprising love story at its core, a tribute to the woman by his side.

    Kevin A. Hall is an Ivy League graduate of Brown University, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and French literature. Despite being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1989, he went on to become a world-champion Olympic sailor, as well as racing navigator for Emirates Team New Zealand in the 2007 America’s Cup match

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    THE NOTORIOUS CAPTAIN HAYES
    By Joan Druett. Paperback, 0.42kg, 154mm x 234mm, 314 pages, Published 2016.

    Famous throughout the Pacific, from the US to Australia and all points in between, Captain Bully Hayes has been the inspiration for writers ranging from Robert Louis Stevenson to James A. Michener and Frank Clune. Rousing films have been based on his life, and his name adorns bars and hotels all over the Pacific...

    But the truth is both less noble and more intriguing than the myth. The Hayes of legend was a product of the popular press at the time, the construction of editors who were determined to create a romantic figure to feed their readers' appetites. This, the first proper biography of this legendary nineteenth-century figure, simultaneously sorts the facts from the fantasy and recounts an amazing true story of a genuine rogue and adventurer, against the backdrop of the Pacific during the great age of sail and trade.

    This then, is the incredible true story of William 'Bully' Hayes, the so-called 'Pirate of the Pacific'. This is the story that separates the myth from the man.

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    GREENPEACE CAPTAIN
    By Peter Willcox. Paperback, 0.46kg, 153mm x 234mm, 323 pages, Published 2016.

    Action-packed and full of danger, Captain Peter Willcox's memoir reads like a real-life thriller.

    Peter Willcox would never call himself a hero, but as the senior captain for Greenpeace International he has been at the epicentre of almost every dramatic ecological conflict in the past thirty years. From the globally televised imprisonment of his crew, the ‘Arctic 30', by Russian commandos to international conspiracies involving diamond smuggling, gun-trading and al-Qaeda, Willcox has braved the unimaginable and triumphed.

    This is his story – which begins when he was a young man sailing with activist Pete Seeger and continues right up to his becoming the iconic environmentalist he is today.

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    SOUNDINGS
    By Hali Felt. Paperback. 0.31kg, 138mm x 210mm, 340 pages, Published 2012.
    The Story of the remarkable Woman who mapped the ocean floor.

    Her maps of the ocean floor have been called "one of the most remarkable achievements in modern cartography", yet no one knows her name

    Soundings is the story of the enigmatic, unknown woman behind one of the greatest achievements of the 20th century. Before Marie Tharp, geologist and gifted draftsperson, the whole world, including most of the scientific community, thought the ocean floor was a vast expanse of nothingness. In 1948, at age 28, Marie walked into the newly formed geophysical lab at Columbia University and practically demanded a job. The scientists at the lab were all male; the women who worked there were relegated to secretary or assistant. Through sheer willpower and obstinacy, Marie was given the job of interpreting the soundings (records of sonar pings measuring the ocean's depths) brought back from the ocean-going expeditions of her male colleagues. The marriage of artistry and science behind her analysis of this dry data gave birth to a major work: the first comprehensive map of the ocean floor, which laid the groundwork for proving the then-controversial theory of continental drift..

    When combined, Marie's scientific knowledge, her eye for detail and her skill as an artist revealed not a vast empty plane, but an entire world of mountains and volcanoes, ridges and rifts, and a gateway to the past that allowed scientists the means to imagine how the continents and the oceans had been created over time.

    Just as Marie dedicated more than twenty years of her professional life to what became the Lamont Geological Observatory, engaged in the task of mapping every ocean on Earth, she dedicated her personal life to her great friendship with her co-worker, Bruce Heezen. Partners in work and in many ways, partners in life, Marie and Bruce were devoted to one another as they rose to greater and greater prominence in the scientific community, only to be envied and finally dismissed by their beloved institute. They went on together, refining and perfecting their work and contributing not only to humanity’s vision of the ocean floor, but to the way subsequent generations would view the Earth as a whole.

    Hali Felt brings to vivid life the story of the pioneering scientist whose work became the basis for the work of others scientists for generations to come.

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    THE LAST GRAIN RACE
    By Eric Newby. Paperback , 0.31kg, 128mm x 198mm, 323 pages, Re Issued 2014.

    In 1938, 18 year old Eric Newby, desperate to escape the daily grind of London working Life, signed on as an apprentice aboard the four-masted ship Moshulu. She was the largest of the 13 sailing ships which still transported grain to Australia and took part in the formidable 'grain race' on the way home.

    Newby's first-hand account of the hard graft, terrible danger and enthralling beauty of the high seas, illustrated with his own vivid photographs, and recounted with his trademark wit, was also to become a classic portrait of the last days of sail. This was a voyage that launched a lifetime of adventures - and a reputation as one of the great travel writers of all time.

    First published in 1956, this is re-issued paperback edition was published in 2014.

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    PLAYING WITH WATER: ALONE ON A PHILIPPINE ISLAND
    ByJames Hamilton-Paterson. Paperback , 0.24kg, 128mm x 198mm, 280 pages, Published 2014.

    A memoir centred on the years that James Hamilton-Paterson spent living on an island he calls Tiwarik off the coast of the Phillipines. It is an uninhabited island but one that is popular with youngsters from nearby villages as a place to play, camp and fish. Hamilton-Paterson finds a niche for himself in the local community, not least because he turns out to be an expert spear fisherman...

    With a wonderful eye for detail he describes the underwater world beautifully,( there is a particularly breathtaking sequence when he stays underwater almost too long and afterwards realises that the air he had been breathing had been tainted with oil ), so his sightings became more and more dreamlike and surreal. He meditates on the damage caused to the local ecology by the large ships that dynamite the coral reefs, and saddened by the fact that the local fishermen often use poisons and small amounts of explosives in their fishing, but realises that for them it is a matter of survival and making a few pennies at the local market.

    Hamilton-Paterson writes about the hard beauty of the sea, of coral reefs, and the animals that live in them, of fisherman and the islands of the Philippines, about his desire to be 'lost' and the journey of a conventionally educated Englishman who looked for a place he always knew.

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    IN THE EYE OF THE STORM
    By Sir John Houghton. Paperback , 0.34kg, 128mm x 198mm, 303 pages, Published 2014.

    Sir John Houghton's life chronicles the history of climate science, and this, his life story, is a wake-up call for those who care about the weather, the environment, and their impact upon our lives. As progress has been made in the scientific measuring of climate, a worrying picture has emerged. And as Houghton and others have sought to make those worries clear, they have discovered that, for some, this is an inconvenient truth.

    John Houghton, was the Chief Executive of the Met Office at the time of the Great Storm in 1987, and a founding member of the Nobel Prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC),

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    ADDICTED TO ADVENTURE.
    By Bob Shepton. Paperback, 0.19kgs, 204 pages, 130mm x 2mm. Small Format Published in 2015.
    Winner of the 2013 Yachtsman of the Year Award.

    Opening with the disastrous fire that destroyed his yacht while he was ice-bound in Greenland, Bob then takes us back to his childhood and adolesence. Growing up in Malaysia, boarding school, The Royal Marines, and then the church. Rather than settle down to a peaceful Parish existence, Bob follows his instinct for adventure, sailing around the world, being dismasted off the Falklands, trapped in Ice, and climbing those mountains.

    From desolate and strangely beautiful Arctic and Antarctic landscapes to stormy ocean crossings and terrifying ascents, this is a rare and insightful look at the life story of someone who is truly one of a kind. A wonderful true tale of adventure and 'derring-do'

    Bob Shepton has sailed almost 130,000 miles and made over 100 first ascents. He lives in Scotland with his wife.

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    WHERE THE HELL IS TUVALU?
    By Phillip Ells. Paperback , 0.15kg, 128mm x 198mm, 278 pages, Updated Edition Published 2006.
    How does a young City lawyer end up as the People's Lawyer of the fourth-smallest country in the world, 18,000 kilometres from home? We've all thought about getting off the treadmill, turning life on its head and doing something worthwhile. Philip Ells dreamed of turquoise seas, sandy beaches and palm trees, and he found these in the tiny Pacific island state of Tuvalu. But neither his Voluntary Service Overseas briefing pack nor his legal training could prepare him for what happened there.

    He learned to deal with rapes, murders, incest, the unforgivable crime of pig theft and to look a shark in the eye. But he never dared ask the octogenarian Tuvaluan chief why he sat immobilised by a massive rock permanently resting on his groin.Well, you wouldn't, would you?

    This is the story of a UK lawyer colliding with a Pacific island culture. The fallout is moving, dramatic, bewildering and often hilarious. (First Published in 2000)

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    LIFE & ADVENTURES 1776-1801,
    By John Nicol. Paperback , 0.15kg, 128mm x 198mm, 192 pages, Published 1997.
    First published in 1822, this is the story of John Nicol, a sailor who circled the globe twice, fought in Napoleon's Navy and went to Port Jackson on a ship filled with female convicts- one of whom he fell in love with.

    Simply, enchantingly, Nicol describes the savagery and tendernesss of life when the modern age was in its infancy.

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    SHIPPING OUT - A MERCHANT SAILOR'S TALE.
    By Gerry Evans. Paperback. 153mm x 225mm, 238 pages, monochrome photos.
    I've danced the night away with handsome African women in Tombo Mary's, fallen in and out of love from Zanzibar to Yokohama, and seen the sun rise and set from Ghana to Nauru. I've brawled with crazy tanker crews in the madhouse at Curacao and been jailed in Chile. I've sailed with men you could trust your life with - and often did.

    Growing up in the Welsh seaside town of Aberystwyth, Gerry Evans discovered his love of the sea. He joined the British merchant marine in 1954, when 95,000 seamen plied their trade under the 'red duster'.

    Shipping out is the rollicking memoir of Gerry's life and times. He tells of exciting and exotic destinations. Of riotous nights ashore on the West African coast, and killer gales in the North Atlantic. Of rogue captains. rapaciopus employers and rascally shipmates. Of fun, fear and a way of life long since passed.

    But this is more than just a story about the world's great oceans and the men that made their living sailing them. It is a story of a boy growing to manhood, on a journey that will eventually find Gerry settling down in this distant land.

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    COMMANDER. The Life and Exploits of Britains's Greatest Frigate Captain
    By Stephen Taylor. Paperback, 0.275kg, 125mm x 198mm, 354 pages, section with full colour illlustrations. Published 2012.
    Edward Pelluw, captain of the legendary Indefatigable, was quite simply the greatest frigate captain in the age of sail. An incomparable seaman, ferociously combative yet chivalrous, a master of the quarterdeck and an athlete of the tops, he was a quick to welcome a gallant foe into his cabin as to dive to the rescue of a man overboard. He is the likely model for the heroic but all-too-human Jack Aubrey in Patrick O'Brian's novels.
    Pellew was orphaned at eight, but fought his way up from the bottom of the Navy to fleet command and viscountcy. Victories and eye-catching feats won him a public following. Yet as an outsider with a gift for antagonising his better-born peers, he made powerful enemies. Redemption came with his last command, when he set off to do battle with the Barbary states and free thousands of European slaves. This was thought to be an impossible mission and Pellew himself, in leading from the front in the style of his direct contemporary Nelson, did not expect to survive.
    Pelluw's humanity as much as his gallantry, fondness for subordinates and blind love for his family, the warmth and intimacy of his letters, make him a hugely engaging and sympathetic figure. In Stephen Taylor's magnificent new life he has at last the biography he deserves.

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    A CAPTAIN'S DUTY.
    By Richard Phillips. Paperback, 0.3kg, 128mm x 201mm, 286 pages.
    It was just another day on the job for fifty-three-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama , the United States-flagged cargo ship that was carrying, among other things, food and agricultural materials for the World Food Program. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship. The pirates didn't expect the crew to fight back, nor did they expect Captain Phillips to offer himself as hostage in excahnge for the safety of his crew. Thus began the tense five-day standoff that ended in a daring high-seas rescue when U.S. Navy SEALs opened fire and picked off three of the captors.
    "It never ends like this," Captain Phillips said. And he's right.
    This book tells the life-and-death drama of the career sailor who was held captive on a tiny lifeboat off Somalia's anarchic, gun-plagued shores. A story of adventure and courage, it provides the intimate details of this high-seas hostage-taking - the unbearable heat, the death threats, the mock executions, and the escape attempt.
    When the pirates boarded his ship, Captain Phillips put his experience into action, doing everything he could to safeguard his crew. And when he was held captive by the pirates, he marshaled all his resources to ensure his own survival, withstanding intense physical hardship and an escalating battle of wills.
    This was it: the moment where training meets instinct, where character is everything. Richard Phillips was ready.

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    MASTER MARINER - A Life under Way
    By Captain Philip Rentell. Paperback, 135mm x 213mm, 383 pages, full colour photographs.
    From his days as a cadet on the ageing training ship Worcester, Captain Philip Rentell's forty-year career has spanned the world's oceans and a huge variety of seagoing experience. He served as a junior officer on numerous freighters and liners, as the navigator of cross-Channel hovercraft, and then as first officer of the Cunard Flagship QE2, on which he went to the South Atlantic with over 3,500 British troops and a volunteer crew of 650 during the Falklands War of 1982. Since leaving Cunard in 1990, he has been an English Channel pilot and North Sea pilot, and has commanded a succession of cruise ships.

    Philip Rentell is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and a Younger Brother at trinity House, and he has a law degree from the Open University. He has held a private pilot licence for fixed wing aircraft, and in his spare time he has recently built an autogyro. He is currently master of the classic cruise liner Saga Ruby. When he is not at sea he lives in Cornwall

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    FLINDERS - THE MAN WHO MAPPED AUSTRALIA
    By Rob Mundle. Large Format Softcover, 155mm x 233mm, 386 pages, 0.56kg. Sepia and colour photographs.
    In 1801 Mathew Flinders was made commander of the expedition of his life, and became the the first to circumnavigate and chart the treacherous Terra Australis coastline.

    Flinders brings to life the fascinating story of this exceptional maritime explorer - from the drama of epic voyages and devastating shipwrecks; his part in the naming of Australia; his cruel imprisonment by the French on Mauritius for six long and harrowing years; the heartbreaking seperation fom his beloved wife; and the comfort he received from his ever loyal cat, 'Trim', to his tragic death at just forty, before ever seeing the publication of his life's work.

    Famous for his meticulous charts and superb navigational skills, Mathew Flinders was an exceptional sailor. He battled treacherous conditions in a boat hardly seaworthy, faced the loss of a number of his crewmen and, following the shipwreck on a reef off the Queensland coast, navigated the ship's cutter over 1000 kilometres back to Sydney to get help...

    This is a truly gripping adventure biography of a true hero, a man whose name is forever woven into the fabric of Australian history, the man who put Australia on the map.

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    (Also Available in Small Format)

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    BLIGH - MASTER MARINER.
    by Rob Mundle. Large Format Softcover, 0.7 kg, 155mm x 233mm, 368 pages, full colour illustrations, publ.2014.
    The eighteenth century was an era when brave mariners took their ships beyond the horizon in search of an unknown world. Those chosen to lead these expeditions were exceptional navigators, men who had shown brilliance as they ascended the ranks in the Royal Navy. They were also bloody good sailors.
    From ship's boy to vice-admiral, discover how much more there was to Captain Bligh than his infamous bad temper. Meet a 24 year-old Master Bligh as he witnesses the demise of his captain and mentor, Cook; a 34-year-old Lieutenant Bligh at the helm of the famous Bounty then cast adrift by Fletcher Christian on an epic 47-day open-boat voyage from Tonga to Timor; and a 36-year-old Captain Bligh as he takes HMS Providence, in the company of a young Matthew Flinders, on a grand voyage to Tahiti and back. And all this before he was forty.
    Rob Mundle's Bligh puts you at the heart of a great nautical life - it's a story that embraces the romance of the sea, bravery in battle, the adventure of exploration under sail and the cost of having the courage of your convictions.

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    CAPTAIN JAMES COOK From Sailor to Legend
    By Rob Mundle. Paperback, 0.40kgs, 412 pages, 127mm x 198mm, This Paperback edition published 2017
    Captain James Cook is one of the greatest maritime explorers of all time. Over three remarkable voyages of discovery into the Pacific in the latter part of the 18th century, Cook unravelled the centuries-old mystery surrounding the existence of Terra Australis Incognita - the great south land; became the first explorer to circumnavigate New Zealand and established that it was two main islands; discovered the Hawaiian Islands for the British Empire; and left an enduring legacy.
    Rob Mundle, bestseling maritime biographer of Fatal Storm, Bligh and Flinders, introduces us to an unlikely sailor in a teenage Cook who through the combination of hard-won skills as a seafarer, the talents of a self-taught navigator and surveyor, and an exceptional ability to lead and care for his men, climbed the ranks of the Royal Navy to achieve legendary status among all who sailed and mapped the world.
    Written with colour, sweep and the authority of Rob's five decades as a competitive sailor, maritime journalist and broadcaster, this extensively researched new biography of Cook will put you on the quarterdeck with the great navigator as he painstakingly guides his ship through dangerous, reef-strewn waters. You will also be alongside the Captain when his ship is a wave-width away from annihilation; and at the helm, when he calls for the anchor to be weighed and his men to heave hard on the lines, at the start of an exciting new voyage

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    BLIGH.
    William Bligh In the South Seas.
    By Anne Salmond. Paperback, 150mm x 235mm, 528 pages, Coloured Images. This edition Published 2016.

    In Bligh, the story of the most notorious of all Pacific explorers is told through a new lens as a significant episode in the history of the world, not simply of the West. Award-winning anthropologist Anne Salmond recounts the triumphs and disasters of William Bligh's life and career in a riveting narrative that for the first time portrays the Pacific islanders as key players.

    From 1777, Salmond charts Bligh's three Pacific voyages - with Captain James Cook in the Resolution, on board the Bounty and as commander of the Providence. Salmond offers new insights into the mutiny aboard the Bounty - and on Bligh's extraordinary 3000-mile journey across the Pacific in a small boat - through new revelations from unguarded letters between him and his wife Betsy. We learn of their passionate relationship, and her unstinting loyalty throughout the trials of his turbulent career and his fight to clear his name. This beautifully told story reveals Bligh as an important ethnographer, adding to the paradoxical legacy of the famed seaman. For the first time, we hear how Bligh and his men were changed by their experiences in the South Seas, and how in turn they changed that island world forever.

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    UNFURLING THE WORLD - DVD.

    The Voyages of Irving & Electa Johnson

    DVD. 77 minutes. Black & White & colour.

    Between 1933 and 1956, Irving and Electa Johnson sailed with young inexperienced sailors aboard two schooners, both named Yankee. Each time the Johnsons set sail for a voyage, they witnessed new and remote places that few people visited. World Class sailor and film producer Gary Jobson narrates the original footage shot by Captain Johnson and the Yankee crews which is now archived at Mystic Seaport. In exclusive new interviews some of the crew members pay tribute to the Johnsons and share their lifetime memories of the voyages around the world.

    The travels took the Johnsons and the crews to the (then) mysterious Easter Island and beautiful Bali, to Indonesia, Africa, and all over the South Pacific where they met intriguing inhabitants, and experienced true maritime history when they raised the anchor of the HMS Bounty on Pitcairn Islands.

    Unfurling the World is a wonderful DVD of a time long since vanished, of sailors long since passed, of schooners and lands. 77 Minutes of discovery, excitement and beauty.

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    DEADLIEST WATERS.
    By Captain Sig Hansen and Mark Sundeen, Paperback, 0.25kg, 130mm x 198mm, 320 pages, colour photos.
    For Captain Sig Hansen and his brothers, Norman & Edgar, commercial fishing is as much a part of their Norwegian heritage as are their names. Descendents of the Vikings who roamed and ruled the northern seas for centuries, Sig and his brothers learned to fish from their father when they were boys, just as their father has learned from his father. The Hansen's connection to the sea stretches from Alaska to Seattle and all the way to Norway. After twenty years as a skipper on the commercial fishing vessel Northwestern - which was his father's before him - Sig has lived to tell the tales.
    Sig first went out onto the Bering Sea at the age of twelve and has returned every season for four decades. With its brutal storms of forty-foot waves, gale winds, freezing spray, adn treacherous ice cover, the Bering Sea is a true frontier, deadly in its unpredictibility. To be a successful fisherman, you need to be a mechanic, navigator, welder, painter, carpenter, and sometimes, a firefighter. To be a successful fisherman year after year, you need to be a survivor.
    In the tradition of Sebastian Junger and Linda Greenlaw comes Captain Sig Hansen's rags-to-riches epic of his immigrant family's struggle against deadly Alaskan seas, freezing shipwrecks, and dangerously brutal conditions to achieve the American Dream. This is the story of a family of survivors. Part memoir and part adventure tale, this book brings readers on deck, into the dockside bars, and into the history of a family with a common destiny. Built around the gripping tale of a deadly shipwreck like The Perfect Storm, North by Northwestern is the multigenerational history of the Hansen family, a clan of tough Norwegian-American fisherman who have become modern-day folk heroes.

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    DOWN TO THE SEA IN SHIPS.
    By Horatio Clare. Paperback, 0.32Kg, 128mm x 198mm, 352 pages. Published 2015.
    Horatio Clare joins two container ships, travelling in the company of their crews and captains. Together they experience unforgettable journeys; the first from East to West ( Felixstowe to Los Angeles, via Suez) is rich with Mediterranean history, torn with typhoon nights and gilded with an unearthly Pacific peace; the second northerly passage from Antwerp to Montreal, reeks of diesel, wuthers with gales and goes to the frozen regions of the North Atlantic, in deep winter where the sea itself seems haunted.

    In this magnificent book a modern industry does battle with implacable forces, as the ships cross the seas of history and incident while seafarers unfold the stories of their lives, telling their personal tales and yarns.

    A beautiful and terryifying portrait of the oceans and their human subjects, part-travelogue, part-oral history, and a fascinating study of big business afloat.

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    ZANE GREY - His Life His Adventures His Women
    By Thomas H. Pauly, Paperback, 156mm x 231mm, 385 pages, black and white photographs.
    Zane Grey was a disappointed aspirant to major league baseball and an unhappy dentist when he belatedly decided to take up writing at the age of thirty. He went on to become the most successful American author of the 1920's, a significant figure in the early development of the film industry, and a central player in the early popularity of the Western.
    Thomas H Pauly's work is the first full-length biography of Grey to appear in over thirty years. Using a hitherto unknown trove of letters and journals, including never-before-seen photographs of his adventures - both natural and amorous - Zane Grey has greatly enlarged and radically altered our understanding of the superstar author, whose fifty-seven novels and one hundred and thirty movies heavily influenced the world's perception of the old West.

    Thomas H Pauly is a professor of English at the University of Delaware. He is the author of books on Elia Kazan and the historical background of the musical Chicago.

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    TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST.

    By Richard Henry Dana. Paperback, 105mm x 172mm, 407 pages.

    In 1834, Richard Henry Dana, Jr., took time off from his studies at Harvard to sign on as a common seaman aboard the brig Pilgrim. This is his story recounting the treacherous voyage he embarked on around Cape Horn to California. It documents the singular joys and incredible hardships that sailors encounter. his daily journal endures as one of the most vivid accounts of the relationship between man and sea ever published. Dana's journey originally served as a poetic protest against the brutal injustices against sailors at that time. Today his story still rings true as a powerful portrayal of the testing of man's courage and endurance

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    EIGHT SAILING / MOUNTAIN EXPLORATION BOOKS.

    By H W Tilman. Hardback, 1048 pages. Published 1989

    Humorous, learned, devastatingly candid, and packed with information. Covering voyages to the Southern Oceans where he visited Patagonia, the Crozets, Kerguelen, Heard Island and the South Shetlands. No less important were his many trips to Greenland as well as forays to Spitzbergen, Baffin Island and other areas above the Arctic Circle.

    The mountaineering highlights of his seafaring career were the crossing of the Patagonia ice-cap, the crossing of Bylot Island, and the ascent of Big Ben on Heard Island, where (although Tilman was not in the summit party), he contributed more than any of them to the success of the expedition. Not all of his voyages were successful or enjoyable. A valued crew member was lost overboard during one venture. There were the sad losses of his cutters, Mischief and Sea Breeze, and other occasions when crew members were unable to match Tilman's presistence, decided to desert or mutiny. Most of his crews were made of sterner stuff. They were rewarded with good fellowship and humour, the opportunity of learning seamanship and mountanineering from a great teacher, and a chance to see what may be done in rough waters and heavy ice in a little, old, unstrengthened ship.

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