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  • Hinckley Yachts
  • Riva - Myth and Design
  • Man of Iron, Ship of Steel
  • G.L.Watson.The Art & Science of Yacht Design
  • Working Sail
  • Sparkman & Stephens
  • Charles E Nicholson
  • Herreshoff and His Yachts
  • Wooden Boats, Iron Men
  • The Fabulous 40s
  • Silver Yachts
  • Carlo the Legend, Riva the Myth
  • All This and Sailing Too
  • France/Norway
  • The Grand Manner of Matson
  • A Postcard History of Passenger Liners
  • Ocean Liner Posters
  • Liners - The Golden Age
  • Normandie
  • The Liner
  • Titanic Remembered 1912-2012
  • Building the Titanic
  • RMS Titanic: Owners Workshop Manual
  • Luxury Liners – Their Golden Age and the Music Played Aboard
  • The Captain's Table

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    By Nick Voulgaris III. Hardback, 223 Pages 1.80kg, 285mm x 285mm, full colour photographs, Published 2014.
    Celebrating more than eighty-five years of the prestigious yacht company, Hinckley Yachts traverses decades, oceans, and seas, capturing the joy, excitement, and serenity of the ultimate boating experience.

    A highly respected name in the yachting world, Hinckley sets the standard for high quality, performance, and lasting beauty. This book showcases the rich history, classic design, and legendary work of the handcrafted Hinckley yachts from 1928 to today. With historic and contemporary photographs and drawings from Hinckley's extensive archive-featuring the incredible craftsmanship and technical innovations of both its sailing yachts and jet boats-this is the first book to celebrate Hinckley's rich history. Chronicling the company's early years, which includes boats used for World War II, to its integral role in the fiberglass revolution and the evolution of today's modern yacht, it offers an in-depth look at some of the most legendary and renowned boats in the world.

    Hinckley Yachts: An American Icon is a must for any boating, yachting, or sailing enthusiast, as well as those interested in classic design and craftsmanship.

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    By Ricardo Sassolli. Hardback, 394 Pages 2.6kg, 280mm x 295mm, full colour photographs, published 2013.
    An historical overview, documented by splendid archive illustrations, dedicated to the boatyard that has contributed more than any other to spreading the cult of 'Italian Style' around the world. Carlo Riva narrates in the foreword, the birth of a myth dating from the years of La Dolce Vita that has endured intact to this day.

    Over 50 illustrations are devoted to the Aquarama and the Aquariva alone , true standard-bearers of the most important name in world boating.

    The book- the most complete of its kind ever realised - includes nearly 400 photographs plus historical documentation in the form of a technicle schedule for every model built by Riva from 1950 to date.

    Sumptuous, stunning and luxurious. This beautiful coffeetable book, (weighting in at a hefty 2.6kgs), celebrates the passion, design and style, which is Riva.

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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.

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    By Martin Black. Hardback, 2.91kg, 295mm x 270mm, 495 pages, Black & White Photos.
    Martin Black’s biography of the great Scottish designer, George Lennox Watson, is much more than a record of his life and work during the Golden Age of Yacht Design. Perhaps uniquely, it also describes the emergence of the role of the modern independent designer, of any profession or discipline. Watson’s career spanned a seminal period in industrial and social development, marking the transition from instinctive and evolutionary craft work to the application of disciplined technological innovation, using new material technology and tank testing.

    The company Watson started in 1873 survived his untimely death, and for three decades continued to service a demand for very large steam and motor yachts. Perhaps the finest example (and at 300ft/91m, the largest), Nahlin, survives. Launched by the famous John Brown yard at Clydebank in 1930, her epic rescue in the 1990’s, and impeccable restoration to her former glory by 2010 was directed by the present day G.L. Watson & Co. But it is left to the 36ft/11m cutter, Peggy Bawn, to carry the flame for Watson’s ground breaking mid 1890s work in setting the standard for moderation in sailing yacht design, work that has never been challenged – only endorsed by those who followed his lead through the 20th century, especially Olin J. Stephens, who was a self-confessed Watson fan.

    This book sheds light on social and industrial history with hundreds of contemporary illustrations, most of which are previously unpublished. Watson’s genius shines through in early racing cutters carrying clouds of sail, pro-bono pioneering work on lifeboats, America’s Cup challengers, and ultimately in sumptuous steam yachts,

    This is a beautifully produced book. Elegant design and high quality lithography, with reproductions and photographs of over 300 illustrations.

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    WORKING SAIL - a life in Wooden Boats
    By Luke Powell. Hardback, 1.6kg, 250mm x 272mm, full colour photographs, published 2012.
    Beginning in the early 1990s, Luke Powell has almost single-handedly pioneered a revival in the building of traditional pilot cutters. Happily, he also has a flair for storytelling, both when looking back over a rich if unconventional life lived to the full, and when describing the long struggle to win acceptance for the wooden boats on which he established his reputation as a boatbuilder.
    A book celebrating Luke Powell's influence on boatbuilding has long been overdue, and Working Sail will delight all those who love boats and the sea, or for whom the spirit of adventure is not yet dead.

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    By Anthony S. Mollica with Chris Smith. Hardback, 1.13kg, 284mm x 242mm, 176 pages, monochrome and full colour photos.
    With high-quality archival images taking readers inside Chris-Craft facilities around the country, wooden boat expert Anthony Mollica examines this iconic company's early history and production processes, as well as quality control and sales and marketing. Appendixes offer detailed information on production terms and materials, in addition to a list of factory locations. Written and compiled with the help of company documents and the input of Chris Smith, grandson of Chris-Craft founder Christopher Columbus Smith, Building Chris-Craft is an unprecedented behind-scenes look at a touchstone of American ingenuity and leisure.

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    SPARKMAN & STEPHENS CLASSIC MODERN YACHTS, foreword by Olin J Stephens 11.
    By Franco Pace, text by John Lammerts van Bueren. Hardback, 1.79kg, 160 pages, full colour and monochrome photographs.
    Another maginificent book from Franco Pace.
    Sparkman & Stephens have been undoubtledly one of the most successful and influential yacht design firms in the history of modern yachting. This book celebrates the work of Sparkman and Stehhens, providing an insight into the detail and precision which infused their work, and which enabled them to make such a mark on yacht design worldwide.
    The boats featured in this book are
  • Dorade,
  • Stormy Weather,
  • Iroquois
  • Nyala,
  • Vim,
  • 6-Metre Boats,
  • Offshore Yachts,
  • Bolero
  • Finisterre,
  • Ice Fire,
  • Kialoa II,
  • The Swans,
  • America's Cup Yachts,
  • Columbia,
  • Intrepid,
  • Courageous,
  • Freedom.
    There are terrific photos of the restoring of Stormy Weather. The selection of photographs through-out the book are stunning, racing shots, gentle sailing shots, pretty much every mood of a yacht, and the interiors.

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    CHARLES E NICHOLSON, And His Yachts.
    By Photographs Franco Pace, and text William Collier. Hardback, 1.77kg, 285mm x 355mm, 160 pages, many coloured photographs as well as sepia prints and drawings, the book is provided in a strong sleeve.
    This book is a companion to William Fife above.
    Known internationally for his revolutionary designs, Nicholson had a significant influence on the development of yachting, having designed all of the British-built J-class yachts, four America's Cup challengers, and such outstanding schooners as Margherita and creole. This is the first book dedicated solely to his work.
    The stunning photographs by internationally renowned Italian photographer Franco Pace capture the grace and elegance of the well known yachts which have survived to sail in modern times.
    Yacht historian William Collier chronicles the development of Nicholsons designs from the 1890s to the beginning of the Second World War. Together they have produced a glorious record which will be of lasting interest to any yachtsman fascinated by the history of his sport.

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    By Ferenc Mate. Hardcover, 1.63kg, 258mm x 357mm, 160 pages. Full colour photographs.
    Nathanael Green Herreshoff was one of the giants of early 20th century yacht design - an innovator, a bold thinker but most of all a designer of graceful, beautiful racing yachts, many of which are still winning classic regattas today.
    Having founded the Herreshoff manufacturing Company with his brother John Brown in 1878, Nat designed a wide range of yachts, from the 162 foot Eleonora to the diminutive 12.5-footer class, designed for training children to sail, and was so successful as a yacht designer that he acquired the nickname "The Wizard of Bristol".
    But it is his genius at designing a panoply of outstanding gaff riggers and Bermudian sloops for the America's Cup that has immortalised Nat Herreshoff in yachting history: Vigilant, Defender, Columbia, Reliance and Resolute are yachting legends, earning him respect and admiration and making him one of the most revered yacht designers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
    This book is a magnificent photographic collection celebrating the wide variety and scale of Nat Herreshoff's work, and showcasing his most outstanding yachts. Franco Pace's stunning photography captures their sheer grace and elegance in a truly fitting tribute which will thrill Herreshoff devotees as well as lovers of classic yachts.

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    WOODEN BOATS, IRON MEN - The Halvorsen Story
    By Randi Svensen. Harback, 0.86kg, 218mm x 240mm, 178 pages, full colour and black & white photographs.
    There have always been boat builders and boat designers, so why does one name - Halvorsen - hold such a special place in so many hearts and minds?
    Randi Svensen, granddaughter of Lars Halvorsen, tells of an extraordinary family. From Lars' simple beginnings in Norway, it is a story spiced with Hollywood encounters, and enriched with reminicenses and insider accounts, particularly of her uncles - Harold, Carl, Bjarne, Magnus and Trygve Halvorsen - extraordinary boat designers, builders, sailors and human beings.
    Wooden Boats, Iron Men is the result of Randi Svensen's wish to preseve her family's story: that of a boat building and design dynasty that began with her great grandfather, Halvor Andersen and his son Lars Halvorsen. Randi's childhood memories are of clambering over yet-to-be launched boats: being able to borrow dinghies and motor cruisers from uncle Carl Halvorsen; fishing from the bottom of uncle Trygve's garden; standing in awe in uncle Magnus's study, looking up at his rows of books on navigation; riding with uncle Bjarne in the wheelhouse of the ferry South Steyne, and of being just a little intimidated by the more reserved uncle Harold, the eldest of the brothers.
    Boats were in her blood, and in 1981 Randi and her chef-husband opened The Dry Dock Seafood Restaurant in the Blue Mountains, decorating it with her uncles' treasured mementoes.
    It was her restaurant customers' interest in Halvorsen stories - and her wish to record them for future generations of the family - that initially inspired the quest to write down the Halvorsen's living history.

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    By Bob Fisher. Hardcover, 2.1kgs. 310mm x 275mm, 240 pages. Full colour photographs, published 2011.
    Aptly titled The Fabulous 40s and produced with the support of long-time Farr 40 Class sponsor Rolex, the book tells the story of what is one of the most successful contemporary one-design racing yachts worldwide. From the conception of the Farr 40 as a speedy, mid-sized racing yacht that was exciting to sail and versatile enough to compete in a wide range of handicap competitions, to the creation of the class association and expansion throughout Australia, America and Europe. Needless to say the annual Rolex World Championship regattas held across the globe since 1998 will be the central feature of the book, in addition to iconic Farr 40 owners and yachts. The Fabulous 40s contains breathtaking images of the fast and furious racing that characterises the fleet supplied by world-class photographers such as Carlo Borlenghi, Daniel Forster and Kurt Arrigo, words by yachting journalist Bob Fisher and published by Barry Pickthall.

    Onorato, three-time Rolex Farr 40 world champion (’06, ’07, ’08), and one of the book’s stakeholders, said “When I think about my life in sailing I don’t think about the two America’s Cup campaigns or even about the 19 years I spent in the Quarter Ton class in my youth; the best memories are those linked to the Farr 40s.
    “I am pleased that this book has captured the spirit of the class so wonderfully.”

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    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.

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    CARLO the Legend, RIVA the Myth.
    By Piero M Gibellini. Two volume set in slipcase. Hardcover, 250mm x 320mm, total 850 pages, colour and black and white photos, and line drawings in a separate pouch.
    Originally published in Italian, this two-volume slipcased set is the most complete history of Riva runabouts available.

    Volume 1 – THE HISTORY: Objectivity checked out by examination of archives and backed by anecdotes of sporting, human and company events as told by the protagonists. All this to understand why, for lovers of motorboats, Carlo Riva has now become a legend and his boats are revered throughout the world. The history is backed by documents and photographs of the time, which has revealed many little-known designs that were the forebears of standard production models. The history also outlines development of the models, knowledge indispensable for correct restoration.

    Volume 2 – THE IMAGE: The second volume identifies and illustrates the aesthetic qualities that have contributed to the spread of the Riva trademark throughout the world. These qualities are undoubtedly design, with the consequent sporting and social successes, and diligent advertising and customer service. The Riva image is so intent that it is beyond time, not affected by any fashion. It instils a strong stimulus for restoration. This image has also meant that a complete catalogue is available of the boats produced from 1939 onwards, something rare in pleasure-craft boatyards, especially Italian ones.

    Not carried in stock, but may be ordered with a delivery time of less than 2 weeks.
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    ALL THIS AND SAILING TOO, An Autobiography.
    By Olin J. Stephens II. Hardback, 1.01kg, 210mm x 260mm, 279 pages. Monochrome photographs.
    Olin Stephens has been at the forefront of yacht design and yacht racing since the 1930's. His innovations pioneered sailing as we know it today. For the first time, Olin reflects on his extraordinary career, writing with clarity and refreshing candour.
    This is a wonderful book by the leading American designer of sailing yachts for more than 50 years. We are given a new perspective on the America's Cup competition from the mid-1930s through the 1970's; he describes his favourite offshore designs, beginning with Dorade in 1930 and continuing with other famous yachts including Stormy Weather and Charisma.
    This is the autobiography of the leading designer in the great Sparkman and Stephens yacht design firm. It will be a fascinating study for all those who are interested in the progress of yacht design from a personal as well as a technical aspect.

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    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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    By Duncan O'Brien. Softcover, 0.94, 310mm x 223mm, monochrome and colour photographs and illustrations. Published in 2014.
    In the afternoon of April 2nd 1978, tug boats nudged the beautiful "White Ship" SS Mariposa away from Pier 10 in Honolulu for the last time.. Bound for the ship's home port in San Francisco, it was the last Pacific crossing of an American-flagged steamship, and the end of a golden era of Ocean Liner travel.

    For the previous 50 years, passengers had been able to travel between California, Hawaii and the South Seas aboard the Mariposa and her five magnificent sister ships, built and operated by the Matson Navigation Company of San Francisco. The company was originally formed in 1882 by Captain William Matson to carry freight to the Islands, and sugar back to the West Coast. But Matson soon became celebrated for its world-renowned passenger service, beginning with the construction of the SS Malola and the royal Hawaiian Hotel in 1927. Matson liners put Hawaii 'on the map', thereby helping secure America's future in the Pacific.

    For the hundreds and thousands who would eventually sail aboard a Matson vessel, the genuine thrill and romance of a voyage to Hawaii was second to none.

    This book and its collection of images, offers a glimpse of what it was like to be aboard a Matson liner, and celebrating "In the Grand Manner"

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    By Christopher Deakes. Softback, .76kg, 240mm x 295mm, 160 pages, Colour and sepia photographs. Published 2005..

    A beautiful album of illustrations and information. From around 1880 for almost 100 years, shipowners commissioned a wealth of paintings that depicted, as well as their magnificent liners, the routes they travelled, their exotic destinations, and life on board.

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    By Gabriele Cadringher. Hardback, 1.58kg, 246 x 315mm, 200 pages
    This book charts the evolution of ocean liner posters from the first ship poster reproductions of the latter part of the nineteenth century, when the vessel's image appeared alongside information about the routes taken, through the Art Nouveau era, when the image of the ship began to take a key role in terms of visual importance. The Art Deco period allowed masters of poster art such as Adolphe Mouron Cassandre to create enduring works for the likes of Normandie or the Atlantique. The book continues tracing the timeline of these posters, through the postwar period until the demise of transatlantic routes, through to the sixties, which saw the poster being modernised.


  • The Second Half of the Nineteenth Century: The Birth of Maritime Companies
  • The Beginning of the Twentieth Century: The Early Giants of the Sea
  • The Twenties: The Rebirth of Maritime Transport
  • The Thirties: The Great Age of Ocean Liners
  • From the Post-War Era to the Sixties:

    A wonderful collection of posters and a tribute to a bygone age. Perfect for anyone with interst in Ocean Liners or graphic design.

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    LINERS - The Golden Age
    By Robert Fox. Hardback, 1.54kg, 255mm x 225mm, 352 pages, black & white, and sepia photographs. Published 2011..
    A photographic chronicle of the great era of ocean liner travel from the close of the nineteenth century to the launch of the QE2 and beyond.

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    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

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    ByPhillip Dawson, Paperback, 1.09kg, 220mm x 276mm, 256 pages, monochrome and full colour photographs.
    The iconic ocean liner, with towering dark hull, brilliant white superstructure and traditional coloured funnels, remains a powerful symbol of human endeavour. Through two centuries of architectural and engineering creativity, liners crossed the seas when there was no other comparable transport available to the masses. Their sheer size and opulence, and the romance and tragedy surrounding them, has ensured an enduring place in the hearts and minds of those who have only ever experienced their like in literature, on film or in their imagination.
    Here, for the first time, the design, history and mystique of the ocean liner is rediscovered from the retrospective of the 21st century, from the early paddle steamer Great Western of 1838 to the modern renaissance embodied by the first liner to be built for 30 years, the Queen Mary 2. Established favourites such as Normandie, Mauretania, Olympic and Titanic, Bremen, the United States and the Cunard Queens are included along with less famous but significant ships such as l'Atlantique, Kungsholm, Lucania and Nieuw Amsterdam. Beyond the design, construction and service life of the vessels themselvs, there is also the human story - of engineers, builders, crew and millions of passengers - which explores the interplay between socio-economic trends, design movements, technonogical advances and the historical contexts of an ever-changing world.
    Illustrated throughout with many colour and black-and-white photographs, artworks and plans, both contemporary and specially commissioned, this is an essential work for all liner enthusiasts, maritime historians and all those who have sailed aboard these fine vessels.

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    By Beau Riffenburgh. Boxed Set, 2.21kg, 280mm x 315mm, Removable Facsimile memorablia, DVD. Published 2011..

    This luxury commemorative edition , in a presentation box , is beautifully illustrated with high-quality photographs and artwork. It includes over 40 facsimiles of blueprints, letters, tickets, posters, and other documents and a DVD containing audio recordings of actors reading survivors' stories as well as brief film clips of Titanic and Carpathia. The text begins with a history of the transatlantic shipping industry and an explanation of how the White Star Line came to pre-eminence, then continues through to the disaster of April 10th 1912 and the aftermath.

    Memorabilia includes facsimiles of:

  • Original Blueprints
  • Poster
  • First Class tickets
  • Letters & Postcards
  • US Naval memo
  • TelegraMS
  • Landing card
  • Sketch of the Sinking by a survivor

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    BUILDING THE TITANIC. The Creation of History's Most Famous Ocean Liner.
    by Rod Green. Hardback, 1.1kgs, 240mm x 290m, 160 pages, black & white photographs and illustrations. Published 2005
    Launched in 1911, the Titanic was two years in design and thirty-seven months in construction at the great Harland and Wolf shipyard in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She was the biggest ship the world had ever seen, and was thought by many to be indestructible. But she sank, tragically, just five days into her maiden voyage, en route to New York in 1912. Some 1500 people died.
    This book takes the story of the ship right back to the beginning, to the decision to build in the first place. From the boardroom, we go into the shipyard, where 4000 tradesmen – joiners, fitters, electricians, plumbers, welders and many more- plate by plate, rivet by rivet, turned those plans and blueprints into a towering hulk of an ocean liner. Once the outer shell was complete, the luxurious passenger accommodation was fitted out – the dining rooms, the squash court, gymnasium, libraries, smoking rooms and even Turkish baths. The men that built her knew every bolt and shaft, every dove-tail joint, every new-fangled piece of kit. For them the Titanic would always be the world’s greatest ship.
    Illustrated throughout with blueprints and cross-sections, plus many rare photographs of the leviathan in construction, this intricate tour of the doomed luxury liner tells and extraordinary story of modern engineering and also of human ambition and endeavour.

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    RMS TITANIC: Owners Workshop Manual
    byDavid F Hutchings & Richard De Kerbrech. Hardback, 275mm x 215m, 160 pages, Colour and black & white photographs and illustrations.

    This book is a rare and fascinating insight into the construction, fitout and complexities (of the massive engine room), of the RMS Titanic. Not only revolutionary in design, but remarkable for her size, the Titanic measured 882ft 9in from stern to stern, and her navigating bridge towered 104ft above the keel. With a gross tonnage of 46,328 tons, the ship sacrificed speed in favour of size and luxury, space and comfort. This volume of Titanic history focuses on the ship itself, not the disaster.

    Chapters Include:

  • Anatomy and construction of the Ship
  • (Hull/framing/plating/water ballast/superstructure/Expansion joints/Engines/funnels/propellers/electric plant/refrigeration etc)
  • Propulsion
  • (Scotch boilers/ main propulsion machinery/low-pressure exhaust system/condensors/thrust collars and blocks etc)
  • Lifeboats
  • View from the Bridge
  • (Control of steering gear/ navigation and wireless equipment etc).
  • Engineers View
  • (Engines/boilers/propellers/electric light/fule consumption/hydrulics/refrigerating machinery/main engine operation etc)

    An authoritative text, supported by almost 200 illustrations and formatted in the way of a workshop manual, this Haynes volume has a myriad of information and specifications that makes it possible to see, and read, how this leviathan of the seas was built, launched, and fitted out.

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    LUXURY LINERS – Their Golden Age and the Music Played Aboard.
    By e.a.r. Books. Hardback, 290mm x 290mm, including 4 music CD’s.
    Luxury Liners presents the largest and most impressive steamers associated with luxurious, sophisticated transcontinental travel - from the beginning of the 19th century until today – in beautiful contemporary and vintage photographs.
    Images of the leisurely life on the first-class deck, breathtaking interior photographs and pictures documenting the launching of the most important ships take you on a journey back in time, back to the era when travel was considered an art form.

    The compact discs provide the musical background of the time, from elegant bar music to swing, tango and Charleston as played by the great salon orchestras. Reminisce!

  • CD1: Music from the Grand Orchestras Played Aboard
  • CD2: Music in the Parlours at High Tea
  • CD3: Ballroom Dancing after the Captain’s Dinner
  • CD4: Nightcap in the Bar after Midnight

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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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