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ALL AT SEA. Stories of New Zealand Seafarers.
By Emmanuel Makarios. Hardback, 1.05kg, 215mm X 303mm, 193 pages, Full colour photographs. Published 2017
Accounts of life at sea around the New Zealand Coast and in other parts of the Globe by sixteen men and women whose occupations and duties ranged from Deck boy, Able Seaman, Engineer, Purser, Steward, Pilot to Captain.
Maritime historian Emmanuel Makarios, himself a former Seaman, has written their stories as given to him in interviews.
Together, the stories recount the days when men and women chose a career at sea as a means of seeing the World and experience adventure.
Each chapter is lavishly illustrated with colour and black and white photos which give a glimpse into the once romantic and colourful days of seafaring in New Zealand.
NZ$70.00 + Delivery
CRUISE SHIPS WELLINGTON. One Hundred and One Visitors.
By Victor Young. Hardback, 0.85kg, 218mm X 292mm, 127 pages, Full colour photographs.
This album features cruise ships that have visited Wellington from the early days of cruising prior to World War II through to the giant floating resorts of today.
A number of the ships described are not what many would consider Cruise Liners. Wellington has been visited by ships cruising the World providing medical services, youth goodwill exchanges, trade exhibitions, book sales, navigational training and crews for foreign fishing fleets.
The growth of the International crusie Fleet has been phenomenal and the industry is a major income earner for New Zealand.
NZ$45.00 + Delivery
SHIPS OF WELLINGTON. The Past 50 years.
By Victor Young. Hardback, .59kg, 248mm X 220mm, 104 pages, Black & White and full colour photographs.
A delightful pictorial history of ships and smaller vessels of various types that were part of the Wellington Harbour scene in the second half of the 20th century. The photos, taken by Victor and his father, have extended captions, and photo essays deal with topics such as small ships and harbour service vessels.
NZ$40.00 + Delivery
SUBRITZKY SHIPPING 1843-1993. A Heritage of Sail.
By M.R.G. Subtitzky. Softcover, .75kg, 210mm X 298mm, 176 pages, Black & White photographs.
This commemorative edition, published in 1993, and still available, celebrates the seafaring history of one of New Zealand's earliest pioneering families and records the Maritime history of New Zealand's oldest privately owned shipping company.
"Subritzky Shipping' is a photographic record of the many and varied shipping interests and ventures that members of the Subritzky Family have involved themselves with over the last century and a half. Not only a book with valuable photographic images of New Zealand Coastal Maritime Shipping History, but also a book to appeal to anyone with an interest in maritime history.
Included in this book are the full historys of three Subritzky ships historic to the New Zealand coast. The auxiliary schooner Greyhound, the ketch rigged scow Jane Gifford and the threee masted schooner Isabel. The Greyhound and Jane Gifford are included as they are intrinsically linked to the Subritzky Family, and the history of the Isabel is included as no records of this vessel could be found at the time of publishing.
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STRAIT CROSSING. The ferries of Cook Strait through time.
By Victor Young. Hardback, 1.17kg, 280mm X 215mm, 256 pages, full colour photographs.
The cargo and passenger vessels recorded in this book have provided regular and scheduled services across Cook Strait since the late 19th Century, establishing and maintaining the vital link between Wellington and the South Island ports of Lyttelton, Picton and Nelson. Many will forever be a part of our nation's history. Most are forgotten in time. Described are the ships that, year after year, in war and peace, carried our commerce and families between north and south. They were our maritime 'household names'. Ships like the Tamahine, Hinemoa, Aramoana, the giant Kaitaki, and the pioneering Straitsman are among those featured in text and photos. Profiles recall crew and passenger memories, outline the ports, detail the historic 'boat trains', visit the loss of the Wahine and acknowledge the assistance of the harbour raio staions. Lavishly illustrated with many historic scenes, documents and attractive portraits of the ships, this book is an essential addition to the library of anyone interested in seafaring and New Zealand's maritime heritage.
NZ$72.00 + Delivery
SAILING TO SUCCESS. The Union Company Cadet scheme
By Rae McGregor. Hardback, 198mm X 267mm, 176 pages, Black & White and full colour photographs and illustrations.
Although the Union Steam Ship Company had briefly offered young New Zealanders on-the-job sea training earlier in the century, its famous officer cadet training scheme began in 1952 and ran until 1986. During that time over 300 young men and women passed through the scheme.
It was a time when New Zealand-flagged ships travelled the globe and when life at sea offered adventure and a ticket to a job for life. Many former cadets are now masters or officers of today's ships, others serve as harbour masters or pilots or shipping company managers. As one former trainee remarked, 'all who signed indentures with the Union Company were people of good calibre - after all, none have appeared in the newspapers as rapists or axe murderers, but all seem to have become successful, not necessarily financially, but in the best way - as good people'.
In a lively text based on extensive interviews with former cadets, and in over 100 photographs, Rae Mcregor explores an era when the Union Company and its people were quite literally Sailing to Success.
1 copy with slight damage to the spine and 1 copy with slight damage on the bottom corner.
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NEW ZEALAND MARITIME IMAGES - THE GOLDEN YEARS.
By Emmanuel Makarios. Hardback, 282mm X 217mm, 257 pages, Full colour photographs.
This book contains some 300 colour images of New Zealand maritime scenes from the collection of the Museum of Wellington City and Sea taken between the 1950s and early 1970s. This was the era when conventional cargo ships plied the waters, and people headed overseas still boarded passenger liners instead of aircraft. Included are large ocean going ships and smaller coastal traders, ferries, service vessels, ports large and small, and wharf scenes redolent with the atmosphere of the time before containerisation changed everything.
Many of the ships are British, as can be expected in the period when over 40 percent of New Zealand's foreign trade was with the 'old country', but ships from several other countries are represented also.
The author was a merchant seaman for 12 years before becoming the Exhibitions Officer at the Wellington Maritime Museum and more recently Manager of the Cable Car Museum, and has written the three volume history of New Zealand fishing vessels 'Nets Lines and Pots', as well as an account of the tragic sinking of the Lyttelton to Wellington ferry Wahine in 1968.
NZ$72.00 + Delivery
THE TYSER LEGACY.
By Ian Farquhar. Hardcover, 192mm X 266mm, 376 pages, monochrome photographs.
For over 60 years the Port Line's immaculately maintained ships provided a vital link between the United Kingdom and her principle dominions. At times their wartime duties took them further afield, with one ship, the Port Chalmers of 1933, winning lasting fame in the Malta Convoys.
Until now the company has been overshadowed by the stories of its famous ships. The Tyser Legacy rectifies this. Ian Farquhar draws on a lifetime's experience in the shipping industry, and meticulous research in both hemispheres, to fully explore the inner workings of the company. As the title suggests, the 1913 amalgamation of the Tyser, Milburn, Corry and Royden interests to form the Commonwealth and Dominion Line (later Port Line) was not a simple merger of equals: Tyser and Company made the running.
This book provides a fascinating look at the politics of the Conference system and the unhappy fate of the Cunard group which the Port Line joined in 1916. The book also details the histories of ACT(A) - Associated Container Transportation (Aust) Ltd, The Crusader Shipping Company, the Montreal Australia New Zealand Line Ltd (MANZ) and other Port Line associated companies.
With more than 240 black and white and colour photographs, comprehensive fleet lists and information on ship names and company figures, The Tyser Legacy is the definitive history of a great British Shipping Line.
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By Gavin McLean. Hardback, 0.53 kgs, 192mm x 262mm, 96 pages, black & whie photographs, published 1988.
For more than 60 years the little ships of the Canterbury Steam Shipping Company were a familiar sight in New Zealand ports. The Black Funnel Fleet provided a way of life for many yet few people knew about the hidden conncetons between canetrbury and big business or guessed what went on behind the scens. In this beautifully-illustrated book, using previously unavailable files, maritime historian Gavin McLean delves into the archives to produce one of the most fascinating and unconventional shipping company histories ever written.
NZ$35.00 + Delivery
Also available in paperback
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HUDDART PARKER – A Famous Australasian Shipping Company, 1876-1961
By W.A.Laxon, completed by H.W.Dick, I.J.Farquhar and T.S.Stevens. Softback, 175mm x 250mm, 235 pages, black and white photographs.
Huddart Parker was not only a famous Australian interstate shipping company, but also the only one to maintain a passenger line to New Zealand. Its coastal liners Westralia and Zealandia, trans-Tasman liners Ulimaroa and Wanganella, and Bass Strait ferries Nairana and Taroona were all household names.
This book is the first to record the history of the company from the arrival of its founders during the gold rush of the 1850’s through the establishment of the company in 1876 to its takeover and withdrawal from shipping in 1961. It includes a detailed fleet list and over 130 illustrations.
Author Bill Laxon was one of the founders of the Auckland Maritime Society, and at the time of his death in 2004 was Deputy Chairman of the Board of the National Maritime Museum. Following a suggestion from the Auckland Maritime Society, the National Maritime Museum named its library the Bill Laxon Maritime Library, which was officially opened in 2005. Since then the Bill Laxon Maritime Library Foundation has been established to provide on-going funding support for the library, which now has over 6,000 books and serials.
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WANGANELLA AND THE AUSTRALIAN TRANS-TASMAN LINERS.
By Peter Plowman. Paperback, 210mm x 286mm, 188 pages, black & white photographs.
This book tells the story of the trans-Tasman shipping service from the days of the earliest steam ship service to the liner Wanganella's last voyage to New Zealand in 1963.
The only Australian company to maintain a service across the Tasman Sea was Huddart Parker, who survived numerous attempts by the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand to drive them off the route in the early days. Eventually the two agreed to share the route in several co-operative agreements.
In 1961 Huddart Parker Limited ended their interest in the Tasman trade when the company was sold, but Wanganella continued to operate to New Zealand for McIlwraith, McEacharn Limited.
NZ$45.00 + Delivery
MIGRANT SHIPS to Australia and New Zealand 1900 - 1939.
By Peter Plowman. Softback, 210mm x 285mm, 192 pages, black and white photos.
This book examines those ships and shipping companies that transported migrants to Australia and New Zealand from 1900 to 1939, the outbreak of World War II; where they were built, by whom, their tonnage, dimensions, service speed and propulsion, when and where they were launched and the history of their migrant-carrying voyages.
Peter Plowman is a Sydney-based maritime historian and author with several books published over four decades.
NZ$50.00 + Delivery
By W.A.Laxon, I.J.Farquhar, N.J.Kirby and F.W.Perry. Hardback, 216mm X 303mm, 196 pages, monochrome photos and line drawings.
This book is the history of the New Zealand Shipping Co. and Federal Line - prime operators between the U.K., N.Z. and Australia. There are over 150 ships listed (correct to July 1997) in the book, most pictured.
NZ$80.00 + Delivery
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