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  • DVD The Great Liners - The Great Port Of London (Pt.2) Episode 36
  • DVD The Great Liners - The Great Ships Episode 35
  • Cargo Liners
  • A Tasman Trio
  • DVD The Great Liners - Ships to New Zealand Pt 1
  • DVD The Great Liners - Ships to New Zealand Pt 3
  • DVD The Great Liners - The Queen Mary Episode 13
  • DVD The Great Liners - The Matson Line Episode 29
  • Those in Peril
  • Shaw Savill's Magnificent Seven
  • Steaming Round Wight DVD
  • Pleasure Steamers

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    DVD THE GREAT LINERS - SHIPS TO NEW ZEALAND PART 1
    By Snowbow Productions. DVD, 59 minutes running time.
    In this story "Ships to New Zealand" , 95 percent of the film used has never been made available to the public before. Now at last you will be able to sit back and once again view those ports and estuaries just as they were in their heyday when they were full of glorious ships.
    There are so many ships featured in this DVD it's impossible to list them here. But they include the ships operated by such famous companies as Blue Star, Shaw Savill, New Zealand and Federal Steam, Ellerman's, Port Line and many many more.
    We watch them as they sail in and out of the ports of the world and sail with them on their exciting voyages, through tremendous storms and on to exotic sounding places that other people of the time could only but dream of ever seeing.
    Everyone who had anything to do with ships has their own very special story to tell, for those days were for most of us 'the best days of our lives'.

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    DVD THE GREAT LINERS - SHIPS TO NEW ZEALAND PART 3
    By Snowbow Productions. DVD, 59 minutes running time.
    This is the third part of our story "Ships to New Zealand". We once again return to the heyday of the British Merchant Navy and follow the adventures of many of the ships that were once so much an every day part of our lives and operated by such famous lines as Blue Star, Ellerman, New Zealand Shipping Company, Federal Steam, Port Line, Savill and many many more, as they sailed in and out of the scenic ports of Australia and New Zealand.
    Using film recently shot especially for exclusive use in this production, we also see those same ports as they are today and draw a comparison with the way they once were. We visit places and bars once frequented by the men and women who once served aboard these beautiful old ships, places where so many romances, stories and adventures began.
    As we watch the ships at work around the New Zealand coast, loading their cargoes of refridgerated meat, butter, cheese, bales of wool and drums of tallow, we join even more ships as they sail outward bound from the UK on that long voyage, calling at such places as Curacao, Panama and across the vast Pacific Ocean to the Southern Dominions and their final destination, New Zealand, The Land of the Long White Cloud.
    After many weeks spent on the New Zealand coast, working, sightseeing, partying and often falling in love, it's finally time for the ships to sail for home again, amongst them some of the older ones sailing for the very last time, their paying-off pennants flying with nostalgic pride after giving so many years of loyal service.
    Everyone who had anything to do with ships has their own very special story to tell, for those days were for most of us 'the best days of our lives'. Here is a story about the ships that once sailed to New Zealand. It's a story you will enjoy and one that will help to open the covers to your own very special book of memories.
    This really is a truly remarkable DVD.

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    DVD THE GREAT LINERS - The QUEEN MARY. EPISODE 13
    By Snowbow Productions. DVD, 58 minutes running time.
    Producer/writer Des Cox has searched the world for over ten years to find the rare archive film necessary to make this most brilliant production.

    Now, using only moving film, most of which has never been made available to the public before, you can now step back in time to an age when England had pride in its achievements, and experience just what it was like to have sailed aboard the world's most famous ocean liner, - Feel the excitement as you arrive in Southampton to join her for her maiden voyage and a little later, on the voyage she captured the prized Blue Riband for Cunard White Star and for a whole rejoicing nation.

    You will share the joy and pride of those most momentous of maritime occasionsas if you were actually there in person, and see the ship as never been seen on video before: The bridge - decks - public rooms - restaurants - cabins - even crew working areas never seen before such as her secluded yet productive print- shop and her massive, cavernous engine rooms.

    Sadly, there will never be another great ocean liner quite like the "Queen Mary"

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    DVD THE GREAT LINERS - THE MATSON LINE. EPISODE 29
    By Snowbow Productions. DVD, 60 minutes running time.
    I wonder if when the Matson Navigation Company was formed in 1882 by Captain William Matson, he ever dreamt how successful it would become?

    Today they operate a modern container service from mainland America to Hawaii but will always be best remembered for the famed 'Great White ships' era, when they carried tens of thousands of passengers back and forth to Hawaii and across the Pacific during the golden age of ocean travel.

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    DVD THE GREAT LINERS - THE GREAT PORTS OF LONDON (PART 2). EPISODE 36
    By Snowbow Productions. DVD, 60 minutes running time.
    Unseen film of London Docks during its heyday, when it was the biggest and busiest port in the world.

    In this wonderful documentary/archival film, thee are ships of every shape and size for as far as the eye can see, and is an absolute must for every ship enthusiast and especially for all the people who knew those docks during those exciting years.

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    DVD THE GREAT LINERS - THE GREAT SHIPS. EPISODE 35
    By Snowbow Productions. DVD, 60 minutes running time.
    Not so very many years ago it was possible to tell the identity of a ship even when on a distant horizon, because they all had their own distinctive shape, design and personality, but not so today, for modern built ships all seem to look so similar.

    Years ago ship designs were created by people armed only with a pencil, paper and slide rule, all of which has now been replaced by computer technology, hence designs looking as though they have all been created in the same school of computer designing.

    There's no denying that many modern ships are absolute marvels of design and technology, but they will never compare with those hand drawn designs of yesteryear and the sheer excitement those designs created as companies competed to build ships that would capture the hearts, minds and imaginations of the whole world.

    This programme will, with the help of very rare archive film, bring to you three of those all time great ocean liners, ships that really did capture the eyes, ears and minds of just about everyone on the planet.

    Those three ships are: White Star Line's majestic Olympic, with rare film allowing us to do a complete crossing of the Atlantic aboard her during the early part of the last century. (So many would have nominated theTitanic as being one of the great three, but as there wasn't any film shot aboard her and the only onboard images we have ever seen have been ones recreated by Hollywood and other film studios), but the Olympic was her twin sister and so, with this amazing, authentic film we are able to show you for the very first time, exactly what it would have been like to have sailed aboard the Titanic. It is nothing short of being amazing!

    The second ship is French Line's magnificentNormandie, which back in the 1930s was without equal in revolutionary elegance, and design.

    The final ship is the QE2, a ship that with her perfect design became the most famous ocean liner in the world.

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    CARGO LINERS. an illustrated history
    By Ambrose Greenway. Hardcover, 248mm x 268mm, 176 pages, monochrome photos.
    For 100 years, between 1850 and 1950, the cargo liner grew to dominate the world's trade routes and, unlike the tramp steamer, provided regular services with advertised sailings and fixed dates that merchants, shippers and importers could rely on. They were the mainstay of maritime trade and carried much of the world's higher value manufactured goods to all the corners of the globe, returning to the industrialised countries with raw materials.

    The book begins with the establishment of routes around Europe and across the North Atlantic in the 1850s. Not until Liverpool ship owner and engineer, Alfred Holt, developed high-pressure compound engines were coal-powered vessels able to steam further afield, to the Far East and Australia. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 cemented the dominance of the cargo liner and only with the appearance of the first container ship in the 1950s was the dominance finally overthrown.

    With its informative text and a magnificent collection of more than 300 evocative photographs, here is a feast for ship enthusiasts and for all those who mourn the passing of the golden age of the steamship.

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    A TASMAN TRIO.
    By Andrew Bell and Murray Robinson. Hardcover, 215mm x 304mm, 104 pages, monochrome photos.
    A Tasman Trio: Wanganella - Awatea - Monowai brings to lovers of good books the fascinating lives of the three best-remembered passenger liners that linked Australia and New Zealand in the golden era of sea travel, before the modern airline industry came on the scene. Sunlit promenade decks, cocktails in the First Class lounge, invitations to the captain's table, tennis on the sports deck, dining saloons with the finest haute cuisine, cruising the Fiordland sounds, streamers and "All Ashore!" on sailing day. The story of these three ships through the exigencies of war and the uncerainties of peace is told in a wealth of photos many of which have never been published before, all of them sourced from major collections in New Zealand and from around the world, including the publisher's own extensive archives.
    This book includes 189 black and white photos plus two maps, deck plans of each ship and paintings in colour.

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    THOSE IN PERIL.
    By Ian Cook. Hardback, 1.46kg, 187mm x 256mm, 338 pages, black and white photos. Published in 2010.
    This story covers fifty-six years of maritime history, from the last six months of the second world war until the year 2002.
    In December 1944, a young Scot began a seagoing career with one of Britain's oldest shipping companies. Alfred Holt & Company, the Blue Funnel Line of Liverpool, which took him around the globe to many remote places.
    From the Molucca Islands in Indonesia, to Matadi, one hundred miles up the Congo in Africa, to the creeks and thousand islands of Burma and Thailand, to New York, Sydney, Tokyo, Hamburg, Broome in West Australia, Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; to Shanghai, Yokohama and to little known parts of North Borneo; around the Pacific Islands and finally to New Zealand.
    After 14 years at sea, he began a new career as a marine pilot, which lasted for forty-two years, piloting ships in Penang Malaysia, three New Zealand harbours and in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
    Fifty-six years after boarding his first ship, Ian retired from the position of Harbour Master/Pilot in the port of Gisborne, Poverty Bay - where his namesake Captain James Cook first set foot on New Zealand soil.
    During this long and varied career, Ian experienced North Atlantic convoys in wartime, a hurricane off the coast of Florida, survived three hours in shark infested waters in Lagos, Nigeria, witnessed a murder in the Celebes and tracked a tiger in Malaysia.
    He played golf in unusual circumstances, with the sound of machineguns and mortar fire coming from an attack by Karen rebels in Moulmein, Burma, and then, in Labuan, North Borneo, found himself in the middle of an American 'invasion'.
    This book is an autobiography that will capture not only those with a love of the sea but also anyone who enjoys a well-told story of a life lived to the full.

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    SHAW SAVILL'S MAGNIFICENT SEVEN.
    By Andrew Bell and Murray Robinson. Hardback, 1.1kg, 215mm x 305mm, 168 pages, black & white and full colour photos. Published in 2011.
    In May 1946, amid the hardships of post-war Britain, the splendid new passenger liner Corinthic was launched in the Mersey. vanguard of a class of seven, she offered first-class sea travel reminiscent of the halcyon days of the 1930s. Corinthic was followed by sisters Athenic, Ceramic and the Gothic, and by three cargo-only 'Big Ics', Persic, Suevic and Runic.
    Shaw Savill's Magnificent Seven not only gives full accounts of their careers, which in two cases were unusually notable, but offers much more besides. The authors have drawn together a treasure-house of memories, facts and photographs from those who designed, built and sailed 'the Big ics". They tell a fascniating story of ordering and constructing the ships, life on their bridges, in the pasenger lounges and the crew mess rooms, and work in the engine rooms and holds.
    The most famous of the class was the Gothic, which had the extraordinary distinction in 1953-1954 of serving as royal yacht for the very first visit by a reigning British monarch to the Commonwealth countries of the southern oceans. But each of the ships had their stories, including that of the stranding of the Runic on Middleton Reef and of the fires on the Corinthic and Gothic.
    By the authors of 'A Tasman Trio", Shaw Savill's Magnificent Seven is a masterly account which successfully summons up the immediate post-war era of sailing in and working on the last of the classic cargo-passenger ships. Co-author Murray Robinson lives on new Zealand's Kapiti Coast and this book is illustrated with his paintings of 'the Big Ics'

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    STEAMING ROUND WIGHT ABOARD WAVERLEY.
    By Chris Phillips. DVD, 47 minutes running time.
    Waverley is unique ... she is the last sea-going paddle steamer anywhere in the world. This documentary is an informative guided tour of the Isle of Wight's coastline aboard the paddler.
    The spectacular Needles and its lighthouse, the towering cliffs of Tennyson Down and St Catherine's point; Waverley steams on past Ventnor, Bonchurch, Shanklin and Sandown en route for Yarmouth, past Osborne House and the world famous waterfront of Cowes. With very few round island voyages now taking place, this is a rare recording of a unique event aboard a unique ship. The DVD Includes archive footage of Kingswear Castle, Embassy & Balmoral.
    Written and presented by Chris Phillips, filmed & edited by award winning director David Ellery, with original music by Jonathan Cohen.

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    PLEASURE STEAMERS.
    By Andrew Gladwell. Paperback, 0.15kg, 150mm x 210mm, 64 pages, colour and monochrome photos and illustrations. Published in 2013.
    The first commercial paddle steamer was the Comet of 1812. Soon competitive steamer services developed, resulting in bigger and more magnificent vessels, and before long no seaside resort was complete without a pleasure steamer moored alongside the pier. By the 1970s, however, the ships had almost all disappeared and now only three remain in service - Waverly, Balmoral and Kingswear Castle - delighting a new generation of daytrippers. Andrew Gladwell gives us a wonderful glimpse into the bygone age when a pleasure steamer trip was an essential part of countless seaside holidays, and outlines the ongoing efforts to preserve what remains of pleasure steamer heritage in Britain.
    Andrew Gladwell has worked in many of the top museums in the UK since 1985. Over this time he has specialised in maritime and social history collections and has written a number of books about pleasure steamers, specialising in those fo the rivers Thames and Medway.

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