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BOOKS BY GERRY WRIGHT



See also: Nautical History of Polar Exploration, Nautical Tales, Yarns and Biographies,
Nautical Dictionary and Sea Terms and Patrick O'Brian

  • HMNZS Bellona 1946-1957
  • HMNZS Black Prince 1946-1959
  • HMNZS Royalist
  • HMNZS Puriri
  • The Story of HMNZS Blackpool
  • HMAS AE1's Kiwi Sailor
  • Kiwi Bathurst Tales
  • For King & Country
  • North Sea Warrior
  • A War by Stealth
  • A Kiwi Sailor at War
  • The Enemy of the New Zealand Coast
  • Naval Footprints in New Zealand
  • Salty Dits
  • A Kiwi on Our Funnel
  • Change of Ensign
  • Rainbow Warrior Salvage
  • Operation Pilaster
  • Mururoa Protest
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    HMNZS BELLONA 1946-1957
    By Gerry Wright. Paperback, 0.86kg, 148mm x 210mm, 414 pages. Black & white photos and colour illustrations. Published 2017.
    HMNZS Bellona was commissioned in Chatham, England, with the New Zealand crews of the cruisers Achilles and Gambia in October 1946. On her arrival in Auckland she became the New Zealand Flagship and toured the country's ports showing the flag. Bellona made one cruise to England in 1947. She was in Australia when the 1947 mutiny occurred over pay. When the 1951 wharf strike occurred she was again in Australia and was recalled to work the wharves. Bellona made several tours of the Islands and New Zealand before being laid up in Reserve to be replaced by her sister ship HMNZS Black Prince. Recommissioned in 1955 Bellona sailed for England to be replaced by the modernised Royalist.

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    HMNZS BLACK PRINCE 1946-1959
    By Gerry Wright. Paperback, 0.52kg, 148mm x 210mm, 252 pages. Black & white photos and colour illustrations. Published 2017.
    The Royal New Zealand Navy cruiser HMNZS Black Prince replaced HMNZS Achilles in 1946 and served New Zealand well during the 1950s. She attended the Coronation Spithead Review in 1953 and visited Istanbul, Gallipoli and Greece before rendering aid to the Greek Ionian Islands following a devastating earthquake. On her return to New Zealand she escorted the Royal Yacht Gothic during Her Majesty's tour of New Zealand in 1953/54 before carrying out a Vice Regal tour of the Islands. Finally sold for scrap in 1962 and towed to Japan.

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    HMNZS ROYALIST
    By Gerry Wright. Paperback, 1.80kg, 210mm x 298mm, 458 pages. Black & white photos and colour illustrations. Published 2018.
    In 1955 little did Prime Minister Sid Holland know that the Admiralty was seeking someone to take the orphan cruiser Royalist off their hands and recover their ill advised expended funds.

    Royalist was a modernised sister ship of Bellona and Black Prince that the British Exchequer had strongly criticised. So the Admiralty orchestrated a plan to get rid of this orphan ship. Royalist had been poorly maintained while in Reserve after 1945. While the bridge superstructure, radars and fire control systems had been modernised to a high standard, little had been done to improve the hull, machinery and accommodation. The cruiser required 550 men to crew her with accommodation for only 500 maximum, an outdate messing system and little air-conditioning. No other British warship had her type of guns. At great cost New Zealand kept Royalist operational until a fortnight before the end of her final commission, on 1 November, 1965.

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    HMS PURIRI
    By Gerry Wright. Paperback, 0.20kg, 148mm x 210mm, 86 pages. Black & white photos and colour illustrations. Published 2017.
    HMS Puriri (1938-1941) The story of the only warship to be lost by enemy ction in New Zealand waters and the environment in which she served. The coaster MV Puriri was built in 1938 to work on the west coast of New Zealand, but in 1941 she was taken over by the New Zealand Navy and converted to a minesweeper.

    This book records Puriri's Story and the environment that she worked before her untimely loss.

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    THE STORY OF HMNZS BLACKPOOL
    By Gerry Wright. Paperback, , 148mm x 210mm, 480 pages. Black & white photos and colour illustrations. Published 2012.

    In 1965, in an effort to maintain four operational frigates while one was in refit, it was agreed to hire a frigate from the Royal Navy while HMNZS Canterbury was being built. Initially offered HMS Whitby it was eventually agreed to hire HMS Blackpool for a period of five years.

    This is the story of HMNZS Blackpool, and those who served in her, during her service in the Royal New Zealand Navy between 1965 and 1971.

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    H.M.A.S. AE1's KIWI SAILOR
    By Gerry Wright. Paperback,0.40kg, 148mm x 210mm, 188 pages. Black & white photos and colour illustrations. Published 2017.

    This is an updated edition of Kaikoura Submariner since the discovery of HMAS AE1 in December 2017.

    The story of John (Roy) Reardon, 9 February 1891 - 14 September 1914, one of the first two New Zealanders to become submariners in 1914. This book covers his life until his death in the submarine HMAS AE1 off New Guinea at the start of World War One.

    A new updated edition includes the discovery of AE1 on 20 December 2017, with information and images supplied by the Fugro Equator search team.

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    KIWI BATHURST TALES
    By Gerry Wright. Paperback,0.73kg, 210mm x 298mm, 174 pages. Black & white photos and colour illustrations. Published 2017.

    Following World War II the New Zealand Government modernised the Royal New Zealand Navy by obtaining from Britain the loan of two modern cruisers and purchase of six Loch Class anti-submarine frigates.

    An offer to purchase four Bathurst minesweepers from Australia in 1952 resulted in Australia gifting four surplus minesweepers, HMAS Echuca, Stawell, Kiama, and Inverell, to New Zealand.

    This book records teh history of the Bathurst Class Ships and some of the stories of those who served in them during their lond service to New Zealand.

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    FOR KING & COUNTRY
    By Gerry Wright. Paperback, 1.99kg, 210mm x 298mm, 512 pages. Black & white photos and colour illustrations. Published 2015.
    This book tells the story of those who died while serving in New Zealand's naval effort during the First World War. Whilst primarily a record of the stories of those who died, it also gives an insight into the history of Naval Involvement during the conflict.

    New Zealand men served in all corners of the World and in all forms of warfare: Submarines, Warships, Aircraft and trenches.

    While some did not die in conflict, the casuality list has been guided by the rules of the Imperial War Graves Commission.

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    NORTH SEA WARRIOR.
    By Gerry Wright. Paperback, 0.56kg, 148mm x 210mm, 404 pages. Black & white photos. Published 2012.

    The story of Lieutenant Commander G J (Jim) Macdonald. DSO DSC & two bars RNZNVR

    Jim Macdonald was the most highly decorated New Zealand Naval Officer of World War II. He joined the Naval reserve in 1938 as a 16 year old ordinary seaman. Sent to England, he was promoted to officer rank and soon earned his first bravery award. he bacme the youngest man to command a Royal Navy Warship and by 23 years of age was in command of a flotilla of torpedo boats.

    This is his story.

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    A WAR BY STEALTH.
    By Gerry Wright. Paperback, 0.37kg, 146mm x 205mm, 268 pages. Black & white photos. Published 2010.

    The story of Lieutenant Walter C Drake. DSC RNZNVR during World war II

    On the outbreak of World war II, Walter Drake DSC volunteered to join the Army. From guard duty in Wellington, he joined the navy, travelled to England, served in the Battle of the Atlantic and was promoted to officer rank before joining Coastal Forces based in Felixstowe. There, Walter joined a Fairmile Motor launch involved in laying mines off the enemy coast. Wally later led this team. This unsung group, with strict orders to 'make smoke and run on meeting the enemy' probably caused more damage to the German war effort than any other similar sized unit.

    This is Wallys story.

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    A KIWI SAILOR AT WAR.
    By Gerry Wright. Paperback, 0.90kg, 150mm x 210mm, 542 pages. Black & white photos. Published 2012.

    The story of Lieutenant Douglas L Hazard. RNZNVR

    Doug Hazard was one of 7,000 young men who were sent to Britain during the Second World war to help man the rapidly expanding Royal Navy. After six months escorting North Sea Convoys, he trained as an officer. He then took part in escorting convoys to East Africa, Canada via the cruel North Atlantic and Russia. He took part in the sinking of several German U-boats.

    On his return to New Zealand, Doug became well known as an accountant and yachtsman.

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    THE ENEMY OF THE NEW ZEALAND COAST.
    By Gerry Wright. Paperback, 0.35kg, 150mm x 210mm, 198 pages. Black & white and sepia photos. Published 2012.

    As far back as 1870 the Russians were reported to be in New Zealand Waters, which promoted Government action. During World War I and World War II, German raiders appeared close off the New Zealand coast. (One actually landed armed men on a shooting expedition). During the Second World War, the German operations were supported by a submarine. Japanese submarines were also active off our coast.

    This is the story of those reported enemy visits and the response of the community that each caused.

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    NAVAL FOOTPRINTS IN NEW ZEALAND.
    By Gerry Wright. Paperback, 0.27kg, 150mm x 210mm, 130 pages. Colour photos. Published 2012.

    This book has been written, and published, to assist travellers, with a naval interest, to see the places around New Zealand where the Navy has left its mark, or footprint. Laid out geographically from North to South, including the Chatham Islands, this little book is a wealth of facts and figures. Many many historical naval sites are shown and discussed, within time periods ranging from the Maori Wars to the Second World War.

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    SALTY DITS.

    By Gerry Wright. Paperback, 145mm x 204mm, 334 pages, monochrome photos.

    During the Second World War the New Zealand Government purchased three Bird class minesweepers and four Isle Class minesweepers.

    To this small fleet, eleven minesweeping trawlers were added all of them built in New Zealand along with twelve anti-submarine, B-Type fairmiles. Sixteen harbour Defence Motor Launches (HMDLs) were also opurchased from overseas.

    After the war many of these 72 foot HDMLs were retained to work around the New Zealand coast. Gerry Wright who has published five other books about New Zealand's naval histiry, had command of one of these craft in 1965.

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    A KIWI ON OUR FUNNEL.

    By Gerry Wright. Paperback, 145mm x 204mm, 195 pages, monochrome photos.

    This is the story of H.M.N.Z. Ships Hickleton and Santon, who served New Zealand well during Operation Confrontation. "Confrontation" was the name given by the Indonesian Foreign Minister in 1963 to his government's undeclared war against the establishment of the Federation of Malaysia.

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    CHANGE OF THE ENSIGN.
    By Gerry Wright. Paperback, 0.148kg, 148mm x 210mm, 84 pages. Black & white photos and colour illustrations, published 2012.
    Subtitled A Snapshot of the Navy 20 June 1968, this book is about the ships and establishments on that date and how they celebrated the occasion when the Royal New Zealand N avy hoisted the New Zealand ensign for the first time.

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    RAINBOW WARRIOR SALVAGE.
    By Gerry Wright. Paperback, 0.24kg, 148mm x 210mm, 130 pages. colour Photos, published 2010.

    When the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior was sunk in Auckland Harbour on July 10th 1985, it promptly became a crime scene. The Royal New Zealand Navy was tasked by the Police with raising the wreck without disturbing evidence, and to allow them to carry out a forensic examination of the wreck and harbour bed. This is the story of that salvage and how many problems encountered were overcome.

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    OPERATION PILASTER.

    By Gerry Wright. Paperback, 0.58kg 208mm x 298mm, 138 pages, Colour and black & White photos. Published 2015

    The successful story fo the Kirk-led Government's protest against French testing nuclear weapons in the atmosphere over Mururoa in 1973.

    'Operation Pilaster' is the account of the voyages of HMNZS Otago and HMNZS Canterbury to the vicinity of Mururoa in 1973 and is a compilation of official records of the day and interviews with many who were involved.

    This is an updated version of his book ' Mururoa Protest'and includes recently released classified documents.

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    MURUROA protest.

    By Gerry Wright. Paperback, 0.35kg 145mm x 204mm, 248 pages, monochrome photos.

    This is the story of the voyages by H.M.N.Z. Ships Otago and Canterbury, to protest against the French atmospheric nuclear tests at Mururoa Atoll in 1973.

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    BOOKS BY GERRY WRIGHT



    See also: Nautical History of Polar Exploration, Nautical Tales, Yarns and Biographies,
    Nautical Dictionary and Sea Terms and Patrick O'Brian

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