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  • Man of Iron, Ship of Steel
  • Silver Yachts
  • France/Norway
  • Ocean Liners
  • Normandie
  • The Captain's Table
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    MAN OF IRON, SHIP OF STEEL - The story of Vic meyer and Solo
    By Kevin Bourke. Hardback, 1.07kg, 228mm x 305mm, colour and black and white photographs. Published 2014.
    Vic Meyer, man of iron; iron by trade and iron by temperament, was the owner, builder and skipper of Solo. She arrived on the Sydney ocean yacht racing scene in 1955 like a runaway train, winning every major ocean race in Australia. Not only first yacht across the line but also on handicap, testimony to both the skills of Alan Payne her designer and her hard driving skipper.

    When Vic tired of racing he took himself cruising and in the twelve years to 1975 he crossed the world’s oceans several times, having all sorts of adventures and grabbing the headlines with his penchant for female crews. You can read the first- hand account of these cruises by most of the girls who ‘walked the plank’ to experience life at sea under Vic!

    The Ship of Steel didn’t stop there but went on and safely bore a bunch of scientists to the Antarctic and back before being put to work to earn her keep taking tourists sailing in the Whitsundays and later in Moreton Bay.

    Painstakingly researched by Kevin Bourke, the book is a comprehensive account of the almost 60 year history of Solo and includes a large range of pictures and factual records.

    Was NZ$70.00 + Delivery
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    SILVER YACHTS
    Published By teNeues. Hardback, 2.67kg, 295mm x 360mm, 238 pages, full colour photographs. Published 2013
    Handcrafted yacht manufacturer SILVERYACHTS was founded in 2003 by German entrepreneur Guido Krass and top yacht designer Espen Oino. Since then it has garnered a host of press coverage and awards for its elegant lines and premium technical specifications. In this in-depth insiders's look at this deluxe artisanal brand, readers gain a keen understanding of the care, exacting precision, and sophisticated knowledge behind every luxury vessel. Respected and admired world-wide for their meticulous design, construction and finish, these masterpieces are crafted from only the highest quality materials, with excellence apparent in every single detail- whether it be engineering, performance or fine features.

    NZ$175.00 + delivery

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    FRANCE/NORWAY.
    By John Maxtone-Graham. Hardback, 1.64kg, 260mm x 285mm, monochrome and full colour photographs and illustrations. Published in 2010.
    S.S.France of 1962 was a paradigm of elegance, style and speed. Christened by Madame de Gaulle, she was, at 1035 feet, the world's longest passenger vessel, prefectly attuned to postwar demographics with a select first class and huge tourist class. But the escalating price of fuel - at speed, she devoured a ton a mile - and a truculent crew finally doomed her. Scrapping seemed inevitable but there was a miraculous reprieve. Knut Kloster, instigator of Miami's burgeoning new cruise industry, desperately needed a fifth ship for his flourishing Norwegian Caribbean Line. He bought the moribund vessel as was and, over the winter of 1979/1980 at Bremerhaven, patrician France became populist Norway, an astonishing makeover of a French vessel at a German yard by a Norwegian owner for a largely American clientele.
    Renowned maritime historian John Maxtone-Graham is uniquely qualified to document France/Norway's two consecutive lives. As a dedicated passenger during both, he is dauntingly familiar with her original design and debut no less than every facet of her amazing transformation. Not only knowledgeable and articulate, Maxtone-Graham was also intimately acquainted with owners, captains, crews, and fellow passengers.

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    OCEAN LINERS.
    By Daniel Finamore & Ghslaine Wood. Hardback, 1.14kg, 298mm x 260mm, 288 pages, Colour and B/W photographs. Published 2017..

    The golden age of ocean liners is inextricably linked with the key decorative trends of the 20th century--Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Modernism.

    This lavish visual feast explores the technical, aesthetic, cultural, and political factors that came together to define such an iconic mode of travel, considering all aspects of the ocean liner experience, from the striking marketing images, aspirational booking offices, and landmark headquarters of the major shipping companies to the ships' opulent interiors and triumphs of engineering. The lavish fashions required for a crossing are also explored, along with the evolution of the ships' social and public spaces, as once-rigid class structures and attitudes became relaxed. Closing the book is an exploration of the impact of the ocean liner on the wider art and design world--an icon of modernity that influenced everyone from the Futurists to Le Corbusier.

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    NORMANDIE.
    By JOhn Maxtone-Graham. Hardback, 1.8kg, 265 x 288mm, 260 pages, full colour photographs plus gatefold. Published 2007
    Normandie was unquestionably the most beautiful ocean liner ever built. The world's largest at the time, she also became the world's fastest. Her art deco interiors were unrivaled, capacious, elegant and chic, decorated by teams of France's most talented artists. Yet Normandie was plagued with frustrations - never attracting more passengers than the competition and tragically ending her days in flames at New York's Pier 88.

    Clebrated maritime historian John Maxtone-Graham confesses to a hypnotic fascination with Normandie. In this comprehensive volume, enriched by 277 photgraphs and illustrations, he documents every aspect of the vessel's decorative antecedents, design, construction and service. Always articulate, entertaining and devastatingly well informed, John Maxtone-Graham has created the definitive Normandie panegyric, a fascinating, and at times heartbreaking, account of this fabled liner

    NZ$225.00 + delivery

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    THE CAPTAIN'S TABLE - Life and Dining on the Great Ocean Liners
    By Sarah Edington. Hardback, 0.66kg, 195mm x 254mm, 144 pages, full colour and black & white photographs and illustrations. Published 2011..
    This charming book recalls the heyday of the ocean liner, evoking the elegance of the dining experience on board. Author and chef Sarah Edington recreates some of the classic dishes that appeared on the menus of such iconic ships as Titanic, Lusitania and Queen Mary. Her recipes cover a range of lunch and dinner courses, from soups to puddings, including Creme Vichyssoise, Navarin of Lamb Printanier and Trifle a l'Ecossaise. The book is beautifully illustrated with original elegant menu cards from the archives of the national maritime Museum, as well as contemporary photographs that capture the glamour and excitement of an ocean voyage.

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