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GENERAL MERCHANT SHIPPING



  • Product Tankers
  • Looking back at Traditional Cargo Ships
  • Tugs In Colour
  • Blue Star Line
  • Tyne-Tees Steam Shipping Company
  • Rix Shipping
  • Ninety Percent of Everything
  • Deep Sea and Foreign Going
  • Shaw, Savill & Albion
  • Building the Biggest
  • The History of the Supply Ship
  • Supply Ship Operations
  • Reefer Ships
  • Bulk Carriers
  • J & C Harrison - A History of Family Shipping Venture
  • Box Boats
  • Salvage
  • Wreck, Rescue & Salvage
  • The World is My OCean

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    PRODUCT TANKERS.
    By Nick Tolerton & Michael Pryce. Hardback, 1.37 kg, 220mm x 310mm, 256 pages. Colour photos. Published 2016

    This book by well-known New Zealand maritime writers Nick Tolerton and Captain Michael Pryce is the first history of a major segment of shipping, the Product Tankers which bring fuel to New Zealand's ports and to ports around the world. It includes a chapter on the history of New Zealand's coastal tankers with many photographs of them from the first, Paua of 1927, to the latest, Matuku, which went into service this year.

    As well as the fascinating and little known story of New Zealand's tanker services, it includes a comprehensive history of product tankers from the World War Two standard-designs through the classic post-war tankers to the first pure product tanker designs, the innovative tankers of the late 1960s, the 1970s, and 1980s, and the sophisticated product and chemical carriers of today. It also includes many fascinating reminiscences from New Zealand seafarers, the history of Shell's and BP product carrier fleets, and chapters on ice navigation and tankers at war, including Vietnam and the Falklands.

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    LOOKING BACK AT TRADITIONAL CARGO SHIPS.
    By Andrew Wiltshire. Hardback, 0.44 kg, 247mm x 195mm, 80 pages. Colour photos. Published 2015

    Stunning colour photographs of traditional cargo ships with detailed captions giving information about the ship, its history and location. For the purpose of this book, a traditional cargo ship is defined as a dry-cargo vessel that has cargo accommodation both forward and aft of its machinery space

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    TUGS IN COLOUR - WORLDWIDE.
    By Andrew Wiltshire. Hardback, 0.43 kg, 247mm x 195mm, 80 pages. Colour photos. Published 2014

    Detailed captions of a huge variety of tugs in an equally wide variety of locations. Tugs are instantly recognisable, but upon closer inspection it soon becomes apparent that they come in all shapes and sizes, and this is often reflected in their country of origin....

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    BLUE STAR LINE. A FLEET HISTORY.
    By Tony Atkinson. Hardback, 1.75 kg, 305mm x 216mm, 304 pages. Colour and Black & white photos. Published 2014
    Blue Star Line was one of the most prominent and best loved of British liner companies. In its heyday it operated some of the world’s finest cargo liners, whose majestic appearance was enhanced by highly distinctive funnel colours. Blue Star ships had a distinguished record during the Second World War, their involvement in some of its most hard fought campaigns resulting in the sinking of no fewer than 21 of their owned ships.

    This book includes all ships owned, including those of subsidaries and joint ventures, plus vessels chartered, managed or operated by Blue Star.

    Profusely illustrated with hundreds of colour and black & white photographs. This is a true record, and history of the Blue Star Line.

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    TYNE-TEES STEAM SHIPPING COMPANY AND ITS ASSOCIATES.
    By Nick Robins. Hardback, 0.99 kg, 214mm x 304mm, 144 pages. Colour and Black & white photos. Published 2014
    Published in July 2014, this book is a very comprehensive maritime history of the Tyne-Tees Steam Shipping Company. Excellent colour and black/white illustrations. This story of the company and antecedent companies and associate interests has never been told in full before. A valuable record of the company.

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    RIX SHIPPING.
    By Graham Atkinson & John Rix. Hardback, 0.70 kg, 218mm x 303mm, Black and white, Colour photographs.
    The beginnings of the Rix venture could easily be a child's bedtime story. By running away to sea at the age of 11, Robert Rix laid the foundations for one of Yorkshire's largest family-owned companies. It started with him building his first ship on the banks of the River Tees and sailing it himself while his wife stayed at home to bring up their family and keep his creditors at bay. After a sea-going career of over 50 years, Robert came ashore to work in the company's office with his three sons. Each of these contributed individual skills to the success of the venture. Bob was a Sea captain like his father, Bert was an engineer, while Herbie was a book keeper. Whether or not they intentionally pusued these careers, it meant that between them they gained experience and knowldege of seperate professions which collectively protected the family business from outside influences and pressures.

    Following the death of Robert Rix in 1925 his sons were able to keep the company trading during the Depression Years and through the difficulties of the Second World War, which saw the company left with just a handful of ships. Fortunately Rix was one of a small number of British Coastal Shipping companies which had been coverted to diesel engines rather than steam engines which were quickly becoming obsolete.

    The present day activities of the Rix Group include petroleum distribution involving over 75 road tankers, shipbuilding, stevedoring, property development, filling station ownership, marine heavy fuel and gas oil bunkering, mobile home manufacturing and car sales.

    This is a wonderfully illustrated and fascinating book about the multi-faceted Rix Organisation, and a testament to the legacy of Robert Rix who started building his company literally with his own hands.

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    NINETY PERCENT OF EVERYTHING.
    By Rose George. Paperback, 0.24 kg, 140mm x 210mm, black and white images. 2014
    Inside shipping, the invisible industry that puts clothes on your back, gas in your car, food on your plate.

    On ship-tracking websites, the waters are black with dots. Each dot is a ship; each ship is laden with boxes; each box is laden with goods. In postindustrial economies, we no longer produce but buy. We buy, so we must ship. Without shipping there would be no clothes, food, paper, or fuel. Without all those dots, the world would not work.

    Freight shipping has been no less revolutionary than the printing press or the Internet, yet it is all but invisible. Away from public scrutiny, shipping revels in suspect practices, dubious operators, and a shady system of “flags of convenience.” Infesting our waters, poisoning our air, and a prime culprit of acoustic pollution, shipping is environmentally indefensible. And then there are the pirates.

    Rose George, acclaimed chronicler of what we would rather ignore, sails from Rotterdam through Suez to Singapore on ships the length of football fields and the height of Niagara Falls; she patrols the Indian Ocean with an anti-piracy task force; she joins seafaring chaplains, and investigates the harm that ships are inflicting on on endangered whales.

    Ninety Percent of Everything reveals the workings and perils of an unseen world that holds the key to our economy, our environment, and our very civilization.

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    DEEP SEA AND FOREIGN GOING.
    By Rose George. Small Format Paperback, 0.23 kg, 130mm x 198mm, black and white photos.
    This is the small format of the previously released (hardback and trade paperback). The world of container shipping, the hidden industry without which we'd all be sunk. There are 100,000 freighters on the seas. Between them they carry nearly everything we eat, wear and work with, but this is an industry that remains obscured from view, until a wreck or spill puts it briefly into the spotlight. Stunning and detailed investigative journalism. A very human account of long sea journeys, the lonliness, the fears and the magic moments. The little known world of container shipping is revealed, with all its accompanying beauty, privation, pathos, greed, tragedy and hilarity. Compelling reading. This edition is a good pocket sized format.

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    SHAW, SAVILL & ALBION - A FLEET HISTORY.
    By Henry C Spong & Richard H Osborne. Hardback, 1.37kg, 216mm x 302mm, 264 pages, full colour and black & white photographs and illustrations. Published 2011..
    This 264-page, A4 hardback book starts with consideration of the Albion and Shaw, Savill Lines before discussion of the merger of 1882 and the subsequent history of Shaw, Savill & Albion Co Ltd from 1882-1918. Thereafter, the authors discuss the company in the inter-war period, including the collapse of the Royal Mail group and Shaw, Savill & Albion's acquisition by Furness Withy and the company's role in World War 2. The post-war passenger and cargo ships are discussed along with the final demise of the company. The book, which is illustrated by 170 black & white and 50 colour photographs, contains comprehensive fleet lists including those ships managed and chartered by the company.

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    BUILDING THE BIGGEST- From Ironships to Cruise Liners
    By Geoff Lunn. Paperback, 173mm x 248mm, 160 pages, full colour and black & white photographs..
    In 1843 Brunel's ironship Great Britain was launched, becoming the forerunner of the great steel-hulled ships of today. yet she was tiny compared with the transatlantic liners of the early 1900s as ship-owners vied for the top spot in terms of speed, elegance and size. Liners such as Mauretania and Titanic were later followed by two giant Queens and France's liner Normandie. If the innovative engineers of the Victorian age guided the shipping industry from sail to steam, wood to iron and later to steel, then the twentieth-century invention of the computer took ship construction to entirely new concepts. Massive passenger vessels, equipped with remarkable facilities, efficient machinery and capable of meeting the highest stadards of safety, can now be built from keel to funnel in no more than two years. Construction techniques have changed beyond recognition, as have methods of ship design and, indeed, the very roles that these floating resorts are asked to play. Today Royal Caribbean's sister ships Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas are the first passenger ships in history to exceed 200,000 gross tons and are promoted as offering a third more space than any other cruise vessel afloat and measuring seventy times the size of the first Victorian passenger-carrying ironship. For the foreseeable future, at least, these two giant floating cities will hold the accolade of being the biggest passenger ships of all time.

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    THE HISTORY OF THE SUPPLY SHIP.
    By Victor Gibson. Hardback, 215mm x 350mm, 203 pages, full colour photographs..
    The History of the Supply Ship catalogues the major strands in the development of the ship type over the 50 years of its existence. The author also provides the background to an industry that requires technical innovation and bravery on the part of those who invest in new ships, and extraordinary levels of seamanship on the parts of those who sail in them.
    The eleven chapters cover the chronology of events and aspects of the work, including supplying platforms and moving mobile units, both using traditional methods, and also the more advanced techniques required in the deep waters of the North Atlantic, the Campos basin and the Gulf of Mexico.

    The chapter headings are as follows:

  • Chapter 1 The offshore Industry
  • Chapter 2 In the Beginning
  • Chapter 3 Supply Work
  • Chapter 4 The Semi-submersible
  • Chapter 5 The North Sea
  • Chapter 6 Rig Shifting
  • Chapter 7 Deep Water
  • Chapter 8 The American Revival Chapter 10 Deep Water Mooring
  • Chapter 11 To Boldly Go

    The text is accompanied by 124 colour and 13 black and white images of supply ships at work all over the world.

    Was NZ$150.00 + Delivery
    Now NZ$100.00 + Delivery

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    SUPPLY SHIP OPERATIONS - A HANDBOOK.
    By Victor Gibson. Paperback, 170mm x 243mm, 283 pages, colour photos..
    The third edition of this book considers the changes in the working environment and the ships doing the job, since the first edition was published in 1991. It contains practical guidance on many of the activities undertaken by anchor-handlers and platform ships. Retained are chapters on ship-handling, the carriage of cargo, working with semi-submersibles and jack-ups, towing and emergencies, and there are new chapters on operations, accidents and safety. The text is supported by 100 colour photos and 15 diagrams. It is a soft back book 17 cm x 24 cm, and is intended primarily to assist those entering the supply vessel business at all levels.

    NZ$80.00 + Delivery

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    REEFER SHIPS - The Ocean Princesses.
    By Nick Tolerton. Hardback, 220mm X 303mm, 226 pages, black & white and full colour photographs as well as black and white plans and profile drawings
    Fast and graceful, reefer ships have always stood out from the other cargo ships plying the world's sea lanes.
    This magnificently illustrated book looks at the evolution of pure refrigerated ships and fruitships, and at the histories and fleets of the major owners involved in the reefer trades, including Lauritzen, Salen, Maritime Fruit Carriers, P&O, Blue Star, Geest, Seatrade, United Fruit and Fyffes.
    It marks a century and a quarter of refrigerated shipping which has transformed the economies of a number of countries.
    Reefer shipping has attracted innovators, visionaries, and entrepeneurs - and seen some dramatic rises and falls.
    This decade there has been enormous restructuring whithin this sector and some of the most famous operators have withdrawn from reefer shipping, making the publication of this book very timely.
    The contributions of West and East European and Japanese shipbuilders to reefer shipping are all looked at.
    Enhancing the value of this book as an indispensable volume for anyone with an interest in merchant ships are fleet lists for the major classes and the significant designs, including the famous Drammen-built standard reefers, and an index of nearly 1000 ships.
    As well as being a valuable reference book for ships in service today, this book takes a nostalgic look at the classic reefers of the 1950s and 1960s, many of them regarded as among the most beautiful merchant ships ever built.
    The book includes more than 350 mostly previously unpublished black & white and colour photographs and plans and profile drawings

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    BULK CARRIERs - The Ocean Cinderellas.
    By Nick Tolerton. Hardback, 220mm X 303mm, 192 pages, black & white photographs.
    Bulk carriers are the vital but unheralded cogs in world trade, carrying three billion tonnes of cargo a year including the shipments of ore, grain, and coal on which the world depends for steel and metal manufacturing, food production, and power generation.
    This book looks at the evolution of the dry bulk carrier, the different types, the operators from famous giants like P&O and Cunard to anonymus one-ship companies in Piraeus and Hong Kong, and representative voyages.
    It also examines the hidden cost of their contribution to world trade - the scandalous toll of ships (usually operated under flags of convenience) and seafarers lost which have raised more questions about thier intrinsic seaworthiness.
    More than 200 bulk carriers are illustrated, ranging through the earlier vessels from Britain and Western European shipyards to the Japanese, Korean, and Chinese designs which dominate this sector of shipping today.
    Hundreds of books have been written about the Titanic. This is the first book to cover the development through five decades of a ship-type which makes up a third of the world's oceangoing fleet by gross tonnage.

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    J & C HARRISON - A HISTORY OF FAMILY SHIPPING VENTURE.
    By Malcolm Cooper. Hardback, 1.1 kg, 216mm x 302mm, black and white photos.
    One of London's most successful tramp ship operators, in business from 1887 to 1979. Particularly successful at playing the market, and buying and selling ships at the right time. Harrisons' fleet was rebuilt in the 1930s, but suffered grievous war losses, which are fully documented. A depleted post-war fleet included two bulk carriers and managed coasters. Few tramp ship companies have been as well documented.

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    BOX BOATS.
    By Brian J. Cudahy. Paperback, 152mm X 228mm, 338 pages, Black & White photographs.
    Fifty years ago - on April 26, 1956 - the freighter Ideal X steamed from Berth 26 in port Newark, New Jersey. Flying the flag of the Pan-Atlantic Steamship Company, she set out for Houston with an unusual cargo: 58 trailer trucks lashed to her top deck.
    But they weren't really trucks - rather, they were steel containers removed from their running gear, waiting to be lifted onto empty truck beds when she reached Texas. Ideal X docked safely, and a revolution was launched - not only in shipping, but in the way the world trades. Today, the more than 200 million containers shipped every year are the lifeblood of the new global economy. They sit stacked neatly on thousands of "box boats" that grow more massive every year.
    In this fascinating book, transportation expert Brian Cudahy provides a vivid, fast-paced account of the container-ship revolution - from the maiden voyage of the Ideal X to the entrepreneurial vision and technological breakthroughs that make it possible to ship more goods more cheaply than ever before.
    Cudahy tells this complex story easily, starting with Malcom McLean, Pan-Atlantic's owner who, tired of waiting to load and unload goods into traditional open holds, first thought about loading the trucks themselves. His line grew into the container giant Sea-Land services, and Cudahy brilliantly charts its dramatic evolution into Maersk Line, the largest container line in the world. Along the way, he provides a concise, colorful history of world shipping - from freighter types to the fortunes of steamship lines - and explores the spectacular growth of global trade fueled by the mammoth ships and new seaborne lifelines connecting Asia, Europe and the Americas.
    Masterful maritime history, Box Boats shows how fleets of these ungainly ships make the modern world economy possible - with both positive and negative effects. And it's also a wistful tale of its home port, New York, where old freighter piers lie silent while 40-foot steel boxes of toys and televisions come ashore by the thousands, across the bay in New Jersey.

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    SALVAGE - A PERSONAL ODYSSEY.
    By Captain Ian Tew. Paperback, 202mm X 259mm, 291 pages, Full colour photographs and maps as well as black & white line drawings.
    'No Cure, No Pay' - those are the terms under which a salvor operates, and in doing so he takes on an onerous responsibility. If he is defeated by the elemants he is not paid. He receives nothing, however much money, effort, sweat and tears he has put in. Salvage is not a business for the faint-hearted.
    Ian Tew joined Selco Salvage of Singapore in 1974, and spent over a decade on the front line. Already an experienced master mariner he learnt the salvage trade in the busy waters of the Far East before rising to command some of the world's largest supertugs, eventually becoming a roving salvage master. In his odyssey he roamed the world, from the coast of Cornwall to the Southern Ocean, from the Gulf of Suez to the dangerous reefs of the South China Sea.
    This is a vivid account of those ten tough years - successes, failures, tows and rescues - a barge adrift in a hurricane in the English Channel - a freighter aground on a reef hundreds of miles from land with a tropical storm approaching - a trawler battered by the the surf on a coral reef, its bottom ripped out - a tanker hit by a missile in the Gulf during the "Tanker War' of the 1980s.
    The tugs themselves play a big part in the story, as do the crews and captains the author worked with. This gripping account of drama at sea is a tribute to seamanship, courage and resourcefulness of the salvor, and an insight into the technical, commercial and human issues behind the headlines.

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    WRECK, RESCUE & SALVAGE.
    By Dick Jolly. Paperback, 170mm x 240mm, 154 pages, monochrome and colour photos.
    Fascinated by the world of commercial deep-sea tugs and salvage, Dick Jolly trained as an engineer before joining the Australian National Line as a cadet. Relocating to Singapore and with a Foreign Going tugmaster's qualification under his belt, he went on to travel the oceans of the world, hauling derelict ships, dredgers, floating cranes and all manners of other craft.
    For four years he left the sea, trying to earn a living as an opal-miner in the Australian Outback where the vast majority of miners go bankrupt! It was an advert for the post of tugmaster in the Port of Eden which brought him to his sense, and he returned to the world of salvage.
    Captain Jolly relates many fascinating stories from the hard-bitten world of commercial salvage: dragging blazing ships off rocky shorelines, rescuing crews from the middle of the ocean and avoiding hostile natives. On one occasion, he had to drive through the jungle at break-neck speed to avoid being taken hostage! These and many other gripping adventures are recounted in this exciting and humorous story, which is complemented by many stunning colour and black & white photographs.
    A rousing, true-life story which will appeal to all those interested in maritime stories and autobiographies; the international towage and salvage fraternity, and anyone looking for a good read.

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    THE WORLD IS MY OCEAN.
    By John C Briggs, Paperback, 145mm x 208mm, 206 pages, black and white photographs.
    This true story of a young boy, born just prior to WWII, follows him from his dreams and yearnings of the sea to his gaining command at a very young age.
    His father comes home from the war and then the 7-year-old boy and his mother travel to Australia on an old coal burning tramp ship where the boy's father is Master. His memories of this three month trip buttress his passion to go to sea.
    The lad goes to sea eventually when he is 16 years old and he joins a British training ship in Sydney Australia.
    The story then covers his three and a half years on the training ship. The very fast growing up and maturing that was part of the life, losing his virginity in a back alley in Genoa, forays ashore in the Middle East and Africa, visits to jungle ports many miles up river in Africa to barren desert ports in the Red Sea, the discipline and training regime on board, qualifying as a fully fledged seaman and the general excitement and escapades of a lad growing up at sea.
    Then come the young officer years from five star passenger ship to cargo liners in the largest shipping company then flying the red ensign. There are many adventures along the way including piloting an Iranian passenger aircraft in the Persian Gulf while under the influence of alcohol, liaisons with young lady passengers, being harassed by the Red Guard in Shanghai and feasting at a Persian Emirates Sheik's Palace.
    He joins a Hong Kong tramp company as Chief Officer and spends three years trading from the South China Seas to Cuba, the United States, the Middle East and beyond. Running cargo up the Vietnam coast to Hainan Island for the Chinese at the height of the Vietnam War, loading logs in Borneo and coal in Siberia, taking steel from Korea and Japan to the United States and returning with grain. He falls in love with a Japanese beauty who starts to dominate his thoughts.
    Promoted to Master and given his own ship at the age of 28 he labours to fulfill his responsibilities. He undertakes his own pilotage in the Japanese Inland Sea and ports, comes under fire from Mainland China when departing Hong Kong, suffers a mutiny in the Great Australian Bight, attacked and boarded by pirates when arriving Singapore, jailed in Indonesia, passed through the eye of a typhoon in the Philippines, grounded when departing Bangkok and married his Japanese sweetheart and took her with him for his last few adventures at sea.
    The book is made even more interesting by the inclusion of over 100 black and white photos bringing all the adventures to life.

    NZ$41.00 + Delivery.

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