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  • Swallowed by the Sea
  • Dead Wake
  • Titanic. Minute By Minute
  • Lady Castaways
  • Doomed Ships
  • Wreck of the Whaleship Essex
  • Beneath the Heart of the Sea
  • The Wreckers
  • ShipWreck: A History of Disasters at Sea
  • Disasters At Sea
  • This Barren Rock
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    SWALLOWED BY THE SEA
    ByGraeme Henderson. Softback, 1.19kg, 220mm x 265mm, 225 pages, Colour and Sepia Photographs. Published 2016.
    The stories of Australia’s greatest and most tragic shipwrecks, lost in raging storms, on jagged reefs, under enemy fire, or through human error, treachery or incompetence.

    This book covers the oldest known wreck in Australian waters, the Tryal, which was driven into a maze of sunken rocks by the inept and reluctant Captain Brookes, and about Australia’s worst civil disaster at sea, the loss of emigrant barque Cataraqui, which struck a reef off King Island in the middle of a stormy night, careened over onto its port side and then broke up, eventually disappearing under the water along with more than 400 men, women and children, and many others.

    The violent wrecking of ships is only part of the story. Maritime archaeologist Graeme Henderson has personally located and dived many of the shipwrecks in this book. He describes diving in heavy turbulence to raise sandstone blocks and artillery pieces from the Batavia, the eerie experience of looking up at the jagged undercut cliffs that bore witness to the drowning of asylum seekers on SIEV 221, and swimming the length of the 50-metre HMS Pandora wreck, recording iron cannon, copper sheathing and other objects immune to the wood-devouring marine worms.

    Alongside historical paintings and photographs of original objects, the book includes colour underwater photographs of the dive sites with specially written recollections by members of the diving crew.

    From English and Dutch trading vessels in the seventeenth century to emigrant ships in the nineteenth century and the great warships of the Second World War, Swallowed by the Sea explains how each ship was wrecked and discovered, and what remains of the wrecks today.

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    DEAD WAKE - THE LAST CROSSING OF THE LUSITANIA
    ByErik Larson. Paperback, 0.56kg, 152mm x 234mm, 430 pages, Published 2015.
    On 1 May 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic ‘Greyhounds’, and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. He knew, moreover, that his ship – the fastest then in service - could outrun any threat.
    Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of , was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit was tracking Schwieger’S U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small – hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more – all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.

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    TITANIC. MINUTE BY MINUTE
    By Jonathon Mayo. Paperback, 0.31kg, 130mm x 200mm, 33 pages, Published 2016. Black & White Images

    At 2.20am on 15th April 1912, the Titanic was plunging 12,000 feet to the ocean floor. The giant ship had broken into two pieces - her streamlined bow speeding to the bottom of the sea, her stern sinking slower, breaking up as it went. Machinery, coal, crystal goblets, pianos and jewellery all tumbled through the dark water. Hundreds of passengers and crew remained trapped below decks - hundreds more would perish on the surface.

    Titanic: Minute by Minute is the story of the sinking, told in fascinating detail....Passenger Marion Wright would always remember how lovely the ship had been when it set out on its voyage, 'except for the smell of new paint'; Bandleader Wallace Hartley's body would be found with his tips from the night before in his pocket; lookout Fred Fleet would end his days as a newspaper seller in Southampton enduring such comments as 'Hello Fred, seen any icebergs lately?'

    The definitive chronology of the Titanic's final hours, offering readers a real-time experience of one of the greatest dramas of the twentieth century.

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    LADY CASTAWAYS
    By Joan Druett. Paperback, 0.25kg, 140mm x 218mm, 198 pages, Published 2015.
    It was just not the men who lived on the brink of peril when under sail at sea. Lucretia Jansz, who was enslaved as a concubine in 1629, was just one woman who endured a castaway experience. Award-winning historian Joan Druett, relates the stories of women who survived remarkable challenges, from heroines like Mary Ann Jewell, the “governess” of Auckland Island in the icy sub-Antarctic, to Millie Jenkins, whose ship was sunk by a whale.

    These fourteen chapters detail tales of shipwreck and survival and the lives of some fascinating and courageous women.

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    DOOMED SHIPS Great Ocean Liner Disasters
    By William H. Miller, Jr. Paperback, 0.47kg, 225mm x 297mm, 118 pages, black & white photographs. Published 2006.
    These true-life adventures unfold amid flames, collisions, and explosions, with frantic calls of SOS and a rush to clamber aboard the lifeboats. Naval historian William H. Miller, Jr. Recounts the dramatic stories behind a host of ill-fated passenger ships. He takes readers beyond the newspaper headlines and formal inquiries, offering firsthand accounts of heroic rescues, daring escapes, and tragic losses.
    Starting with the torpedoing of the Lusitania in 1915 and concluding in 2005 with the capsize of the Oriana during a Chinese typhoon, these are the world’s most ill-starred passenger vessels: the Morro Castle, Normandie, Andrea Doria, Europe and many other ships whose maritime lives ended in catastrophe (the Titanic has been omitted, since that disaster has been well documented elsewhere). Nearly 200 photographs, many from private collections, highlight a compelling blend of personal anecdote and historical record.

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    WRECK OF THE WHALESHIP ESSEX
    By Owen Chase. Hardback, 1.37kg, 280mm x 245mm, 195 pages, Published 2015.
    The Complete Illustrated Edition of the sinking of the Whaleship Essex.

    The extraordinary and distressing memoir that inspired Herman Melville's Moby-Dick is soon to be a major motion picture, due for release December 2015.

    Owen Chase was the first mate on the ill-fated American whaling ship Essex, which was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in the southern Pacific Ocean in 1820. The crew spent months at sea in leaking boats and endured the blazing sun, attacks by killer whales, and lack of food. The men were forced to resort to cannibalism before the final eight survivors were rescued. Herman Melville based his 1851 novel, Moby-Dick, on the sinking.

    Chase recorded the tale of the ship's sinking and the following events with harrowing clarity in the Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex.

    "I turned around and saw him about one hundred rods [500 m or 550 yards] directly ahead of us, coming down with twice his ordinary speed of around 24 knots (44 km/h), and it appeared with tenfold fury and vengeance in his aspect. The surf flew in all directions about him with the continual violent thrashing of his tail. His head about half out of the water, and in that way he came upon us, and again struck the ship." - Owen Chase.

    Filled with art, photographs, maps, and artifacts, this is a richly illustrated edition of Chase's memoir, augmented with memoirs of other participants, as well as the perspectives of historians, contemporary and modern.

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    BENEATH THE HEART OF THE SEA
    By Owen Chase. Paperback, 0.13kg, 125mm x 196mm, 89 pages, Published 2015.
    The sinking of the Whaleship Essex.

    Discover the amazing true story behind the inspiration for Herman Melville's Moby Dick and the new feature film Heart of the Sea. A tragic yet riveting narration of life and death and man against the elements.

    Beneath the Heart of the Sea is an extreme account of shipwreck survival. On the morning of November 20,1820, in the Pacific Ocean 2,000 miles from the coast of South America, an enraged sperm whale rammed the Nantucket whaleship Essex. As the boat began to sink, her crew of twenty, including first mate Owen Chase, grabbed what little they could before piling into frail boats and taking to the open seas. So began their four-month ordeal and struggle for survival. A bleak story, only eight men survived having endured starvation and dehydration, giving in to cannibalism, murder and insanity.

    Owen Chase recorded the extraordinary account in his autobiography, originally published in 1821,

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    THE WRECKERS
    By Bella Bathurst. Paperback, 0.25kg, 128mm x 196mm, 326 pages, black & white illustrations. Published 2006.
    From the bestselling author of ‘The Lighthouse Stevensons', a gripping history of the drama and danger of wrecking since the 18th-century – and the often grisly ingenuity of British wreckers, scavengers of the sea.

    A fine wreck has always represented sport, pleasure, treasure, and in many cases, the difference between living well and just getting by. The Cornish were supposedly so ferocious that notices of shipwrecks were given out during morning service by the minister, whilst the congregation concocted elaborate theological justifications for drowning the survivors. Treeless islanders relied on the harvest of storms to furnish themselves with rafters, boat hulls, fence-posts and floors. In other places, false lights were set up with grisly ingenuity along the coast to lure boats to destruction.

    With romance, insight and dry wit, Bella Bathurst traces the history of wrecking, looting and salvaging in the British Isles since the 18th-century

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    SHIPWRECK: A HISTORY OF DISASTERS AT SEA
    By Sam Willis. Paperback, 0.25kg, 128mm x 196mm, 346 pages, full colour and black & white illustrations. Published 2014.
    Acclaimed historian, Sam Willis traces the astonishing tales of ships that have met with disastrous ends, along with the ensuing acts of courage, moments of sacrifice and episodes of villainy that inevitably occurred in the extreme conditions. Many were freak accidents, and their circumstances so extraordinary that they inspired literature: the ramming of the Whaleship Essex by a sperm whale was immortalized in Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Some symbolize colossal human tragedy: including the legendary Titanic whose maiden voyage famously went from pleasure cruise to epic catastrophe. From the Kyrenia ship of 300 BC to the Mary Rose, through to the Kursk submarine tragedy of 2000, this is a thrilling work of narrative history from one England's most talented young historians.

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    DISASTERS AT SEA.
    By Dag Pike. Paperback, 188mm x 245mm, 192 pages, colour photographs.
    Disasters at sea come in all shapes and sizes, and are a voyage into the unknown for everyone involved.
    From trawlers pulled under by submarines, to the notorious 1979 Fastnet race, ferry disasters and boats run down in open water, Dag Pike looks at all types of disasters at sea and gives a gripping analysis of what went wrong, how it was dealt with and what lessons were learned. Covering accounts of yachts, motorboats and commercial vessels running into difficulty, each chapter includes sections on rescue, survival and an account from the Marine Accident Investigation Branch, who monitor accidents at sea all over the world. Dag Pike's vast experience as captain, navigator and journalist, as well as his personal experience of being rescued 10 times and rescuing others 9 times, adds keen personal insight as well as drama.
    This book challenges many preconceived ideas, and provides a thought provoking account of why things go wrong at sea as well as paying tribute to the courage and daring of many of those who have survived.

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    THIS BARREN ROCK.
    By Sylvie Haisman. Paperback, 0.28kg, 135mm x 210mm, 238 pages, black and white illustrations.
    Imagine one woman, forty-seven men and a three-year-old boy, shipwrecked on a tiny sub-Antarctic island. For seven months they eat albatross and burn penguin skins for fuel, before a passing whaler picks them up.
    The Scottish clipper Strathmore sailed from London in 1875, laden with gunpowder, iron and immigrants. Wrecked at night in furious seas, half her passengers struggled ashore to the bare, inhospitable rocks of the remote Crozet Islands. There they remained stranded, struggling to survive the bitter southern winter, given up for lost by their families and friends.
    Over 130 years later, award-winning writer Sylvie Haisman rediscovered her ancestors' epic adventure. Drawing on their journals, faded photographs and letters, she unearthed a story of gallant sailors, orphaned children, cruel hunger and debilitating cold.
    The Strathmore shipwreck was a sensation in Victorian times. Now this compelling story of courage, endurance and the determination to survive will move and inspire readers all over again.

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