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NEW ZEALAND YACHTING AND BOATING HISTORY
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SEMPER FIDELIS - 50 YEARS OF THE OCEAN GREYHOUND.
By Sandra Gorter. Softback, 170mm x 230mm, 172 pages, monochrome and full colour photographs.
Planted in the sea 1200 miles from the nearest significant landmass, New Zealand was always going to be a nation of sailors. As the era of immigrants arriving by boat was coming to a close, those already there had turned again to the sea for their recreation conducting the battles of peacetime on the water.
First had been the Logans with their aristocrat Ariki, leading the fleet for three decades. Then came Ranger and another thirty years of men and boats battling for supremacy on the Waitemata. Gradually but surely as the sailors, designers and sailmakers learned from the innovations that were changing the world, a boat would emerge to topple the latest king of the Waitemata. But before that happened, while men still dreamed in timber, a boat did come along that was capable of toppling Ranger. As New Zealanders took their sailing skills to the world a new champion emerged, and after proving she could beat Ranger, instead of confronting the cosy competition on the Waitemata, her owner chose instead to take the competition to the greatest, most vicious ocean race in the world and win the Sydney Hobart.
Little did he know that years after, having raced in every condition the Pacific Ocean had to offer, the boat, like so many Kiwis before her, would one day call Australia home, and earn her place as one of the premier classic yachts racing out of Sydney Harbour.
Like the ocean she raced on, she could be fickle, harsh, uncompromising and brutal. But she was also a fabulously beautiful boat who captured the hearts and souls of all the men who owned and sailed on her.
She was: Fidelis
NZ$45.00 + delivery.
TIDES OF CHANGE - THE STORY OF THE NEW ZEALAND FEDERATION OF COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN.
By Jenny Howarth. Softback, 170mm x 240mm, 335 pages, monochrome photographs.
The first fifty years 1958 – 2008. Tides of Change tells the story of the owner-operators – the independent fishermen who sailed small vessels to harvest the New Zealand seas. Their small craft limited most of them to the inshore fisheries, to catching snapper, gurnard, cod, rock lobster, hapuka, tarakihi and many other popular species.
Fishing in New Zealand has been called the 'Cinderella' of the primary industries. Fishermen have never had the political clout of those who farmed the land. The government has frequently treated fishermen with disdain - access to fisheries being sold to foreigners for the right to export other primary produce to their countries. The industry, despite promises to the contrary, has become a 'milch cow' for the government. It has been over-taxed and increasingly over-regulated.
It was to help fishermen fight these battles that the New Zealand Federation of Commercial Fishermen was set up. It grew from the numerous port associations that looked after the interests of fishermen in their local area. Ably led by men like John Sutherland, Ken Hope, Brian Kenton, Chris Spiers, Ted Collins, Bob Martin, Peter Stevens, Dick Hall and Peter Jones, to name but a few, it became a force to be reckoned with amongst political lobbyists, Men such as these gave generously of their time and rarely received adequate recompense for the work they did.
The Federation's achievements over it's 50-year history are astounding. It has always been at the forefront with demands for change. It was the work of the Federation's various leaders which contributed to the set-up of the 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone, established the quota management system and always fought for safety on the high seas. The Federation battled for a fair deal for small-business fishermen against foreign fishing vessels and the big companies.
This book is a tribute to those men who gave devoted service to their industry for so long. It is also a tribute to all fishermen who have battled the elements at sea and the changing tides of policy on shore and managed to keep fishing.
Was NZ$40.00 + delivery.
Now NZ$20.00 + delivery.
NETS, LINES AND POTS VOLUME ONE.
By Emmanuel Makarios. Paperback, 190mm x 260mm, 112 pages. Monochrome photographs.
This is a three volume narrative of episodes in the story of New Zealand's commercial fishing history. Volume two and three is now out of print. The tales recount the activities of the hardy individuals, who in the face of often adverse weather and economic conditions, have sought to earn a living from the sea, as well as their vessels and the communities in which they lived.
There are in total thirty-seven chapters in the three books. Together they document a fundamental aspect of New Zealand's maritime heritage, and its economic and social history. There can be no doubt that this book will appeal to those who have served in the fishing boat or the general work boat industry for some years. They are certain to recognise some of the personalities and vessels that they have passed by during their service at sea.
NZ$31.00 + delivery.
WAIONE - ONE OF THE FAMILY DVD.
By Gaffrig Productions. Running time 47 minutes.
New Zealand is a unique environment for classic boats and there are a high number of yachts that are sailed there exactly as they have been for 100 years or more. Waione is one such yacht.
Designed by Chas Bailey Jr in 1907, she is 95 years old and in perfect condition, having never been restored. She is steeped in history. Her story is told in this documentary by some of the past 17 owners. She is a cherished member of her current family who have refitted her with a gaff rig.
This has turned her back into one of New Zealand's finest performing classic racers.
NZ$41.00 + delivery.
PONSONBY CRUISING CLUB, The First Hundred Years.
By Harold Kidd and Robin Elliott. Pbk, landscape 240mm x 210mm, 101 pages, monochrome and full colour photographs.
This book starts off with a top pedigree as the authors are well known as historians of the New Zealand recreational boating scene. They have together and separately written several fine books on this topic, as well as magazine articles in the New Zealand boating press. It is very refreshing that both are practitioners of the sport, in particular Harold Kidd who has a background as New Zealand's national yachting coach.
The Ponsonby Cruising Club is something of an icon in New Zealand yachting and yacht racing circles; this book has ingested much of the flavour and personality of boats, skippers and crews racing on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour since 1900, when the club was founded. The narrative is very well illustrated, using black and white and latterly colour photographs of yachts and racing in Auckland. Robin Elliott has an enormous resource of such pictures available to him as a result of his previous mainly-Auckland based research.
The five chapters of the book trace the early days of Auckland yachting leading to the foundation of the club, and trace the history of the club through two World Wars, concluding with the move from Saint Mary's Bay to neighbouring Westhaven. In conclusion three appendices give full records of trophy winners, the Mullet Boat Register (which I suspect is an indulgence Robin could not resist!), and a full list of officers from the inception of the club 1900.
Understandably this book might be regarded as just another in-house club history. It is, however, far more than that. The pedigree of the authors, the breadth of their narrative and photographs, and the position of the club in the Auckland yachting scene make this book as much a part of Auckland's general yachting history as, say, the books Emmy, Winklemann's Waitemata, Vintage New Zealand Launches and The Logans.
NZ$40.00 + delivery.
THE SHIPS OF OMAHA.
By Carol & James Ramage. Limp back, 210mm x 297mm (A4), 165 pages, full colour and sepia photos and drawings.
This book describes origins of the principle builders, the Meiklejohn family, and the scows and early sailing vessels and the environment in which they were built and operated in the Omaha vicinity. Omaha is in the north west corner of the Hauraki Gulf, north of Kawau Island.
The vessels described feature those built by the principle shipbuilding families, the Meiklejohns, Darrochs, Mathesons, and also other builds. One of the authors - Carol Ramage - is the great grandaughter of Septimus Meiklejohn, which was a major motivation for producing the book.
The presentation is lavish with many pictures of the ships and their surroundings, full colour, original sepia and black and white photographs, and colour reproductions of paintings. The book is very well priced. The histories of vessels are detailed and the narrative will be absorbing to anyone having an interest in the area, and in general of coastal trade by sailing vessel in New Zealand.
NZ$65.00 + delivery.
BLIND BAY HOOKERS - THE LITTLE SHIPS OF EARLY NELSON.
By Fred Westrupp. Paperback, 170mm X 241 mm, 216 pages, black and white photos.
Nelson's "Mosquito Fleet" of little sailing vessels played a vital role in the first century of European settlement, not only in Blind Bay but around the whole top half of the South Island and across Cook Strait. From the Deal boats that came from England with the first New Zealand Company ships to the Tasmanian ketches and Auckland-built scows that carries timber, coal and other cargoes in and out of the bays, these vessels were the lifelines of a rugged and isolated region and their story is told in the context of the pioneers who built them, sailed them and depended on them.
NZ$51.50 + Delivery
DEVONPORT YACHT CLUB.
Edited By Harold Kidd. Pbk, 296mm x 210mm, 225 pages, monochrome and some colour photographs.
Lady Blake: "The Devonport Yacht Club is a true institutional part of the maritime heritage of Devonport. Situated on one of the most prominent waterfront sites of the Auckland Harbour it is indeed significant that this prime piece of land has been a shipyard for nearly a hundred and fifty years. It is doubtful whether any other yacht club in New Zealand can claim such a distinction.
Long before the Club was formed in 1905 the Devonport foreshore was the centre of the country's largest shipbuilding industry. Also this was the cradle for yacht racing in New Zealand as evidenced by some of the Club's magnificent trophies dating back as far as the 1870's. All the fascinating history leading up to the formation of the Club and its subsequent activities over the past one hundred years is now contained in this splendid publication with its wonderful illustrations.
As so many yachtsmen and their families, public figures and other institutions have been involved in some aspect of the Club's activities over these past years this book will appeal to a far wider section of the community than the Club's current membership. It should certainly form part of any dedicated mariner's library."
NZ$30.00 + delivery.
EMMY, Seventy Years of M-Class Yachting.
By Robin Elliott. Pbk, 185mm x 250mm, 352 pages, monochrome photographs.
This book started something big in the world of New Zealand maritime books. Robin Elliott worked very hard for a long time collecting the research material needed for an in-depth history of one of New Zealand's iconic classes. The resulting material was so broad that it has led on to further books and a video on other events and classes, in the history of New Zealand recreational and sports yachting.
The M-Class is one of Auckland's most notable centreboard classes and completed its seventieth continuous racing season on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour in 1993. This will undoubtably take the class into world record ranking for unbroken seasonal racing longevity.
Designed by Arch Logan in 1922 as a seaworthy cruiser/racer, this 18 foot clinker-built centreboarder, popularly known as the Emmy after its class registration letter, grew in both strength and reputation to become one of the aristocrats of the centreboard scene.
Despite fluctuations in its fortunes and dramatic changes in yacht design and construction over the last forty years, the Emmy has survived and is held in abiding affection by generations of yachtsmen.
This book is an authoritative and detailed account of the M-Class and places the development of the class in the larger context of yachting on the Waitemata.
NZ$41.00 + delivery.
LEE RAIL, A Centennial History of the Richmond Yacht Club 1903 ~ 2003
By Harold Kidd and Robin Elliott. Pbk, landscape 240mm x 210mm, 135 pages, full colour and monochrome photographs.
This club history is about one of New Zealand's best-known yacht clubs, one of the "Westhaven Four", and is written by two of New Zealand's best-known yachting historians.
The book is full of stories and photographs describing major events in Auckland's yachting history from the beginning of the 20th century until this year. There is a profusion of photographs showing yachts in full flight, in particular some stunning shots of X and Z class dinghies, and others, on the plane with up to 4 large adults hanging over the transom as ballast!
The Richmond Yacht Club has always been a family club, and this culture continues today. There is still a link with at least one of the club's earliest classes (the M class - also the subject of a Robin Elliott book Emmy). The club is very much alive and well, which I am sure is in part due to the influence of the immediate past commodore, Vigette Worters, who I know from personal experience is a very fine lady and a fine sailor, who knits sailing groups together as though they were her own family.
One of the special joys in reading a book such as this is the large number of personal acquaintances that Auckland yachties will easily recognise, and possible see in photographs. This book is a must for sailors who have been involved in club sailing on Auckland Harbour.
NZ$40.00 + delivery.
THE ERA OF COASTAL SHIPPING IN NEW ZEALAND.
By Murray Jennings. Hardback, 197mm x 266mm, 193 pages, monochrome photographs.
For many years the transport of goods between New Zealand towns was done by ships which would voyage from one port to another. Gradually as roads improved this trade died. The introduction of the inter-island roll-on roll-off ferries in 1962 finally killed most coastal trade. Many small ports simply ceased to operate and with them went a whole era of New Zealand social and maritime history.
This book presents the stories of some of those who worked on ships and the history of the port of Raglan is presented as an illustrative example of a coastal port that no longer exists as such. The bulk of the book is a presentation of all the motor ships that operated between 100 and 1600 tonnes with illustrations, specifications and a brief history.
NZ$51.00 + delivery.
THE LIVES OF JESSIE LOGAN, the Story of New Zealand's Oldest Yacht.
PAL and NTSC format. Running time 49 minutes.
Jessie Logan is New Zealand's oldest yacht. She could have been a relic of New Zealand's maritime history had she not been restored to her former glory. She was relaunched in Auckland in January 2001.
Jessie Logan was built in 1880 by Robert Logan, a Scotsman who had emigrated to New Zealand in 1874. She was New Zealand's first champion yacht, but in her 121 years has undergone many changes in appearance.
This documentary explores the history of the vessel, the traditional skills employed in her restoration, and the personalities who in combination made this venture possible. One of a series produced by Gaffrig Productions, New Zealand's specialist classic boat production company, it is enticingly filmed and beautifully presented.
This is one of a series produced by Gaffrig Productions, New Zealand's specialist classic boat production company. The Lives of Jessie Logan has been enticingly filmed and beautifully presented.
Was NZ$41.00 + Delivery
Now NZ$35.00 + Delivery
See also THE LOGANS, New Zealand's Greatest Boat Building Family.
THE STORY OF SANFORD LTD, The First One Hundred Years.
By Paul Titchener. Hbk, 190mm x 255mm, 133 pages, monochrome and full colour photographs and drawings.
The history of Sanford Limited, New Zealand's biggest fishing company, is the history of fishing in New Zealand, Auckland in particular, and as such will be of interest not only to those engaged in the Fishing Industry, but also to anyone interested in the maritime history of New Zealand.
The author is well known as a maritime historian in New Zealand and he has recorded the human interest side, such as when pigeons were used to inform the Company of catches from their large war-time steel trawlers! He traces the development of the technology as well as the human side.
This book has just come onto our shelves although it was published in 1981. This centenary edition is an in-house item and we are very glad to include it in our selection of New Zealand fishing industry books. It contains many excellent photos in colour and monochrome of old and relatively new fleet vessels; pictures of personalities afloat and ashore and a host of anecdotes that New Zealand fishermen will recognise.
NZ$40.00 + delivery.
TED ASHBY, Big Rig of the Gulf, DVD
By Gaffrig Productions, 70 minutes, DVD PAL.
Ted Ashby - Big Rig of the Gulf has taken 10 years to complete. This film follows the construction of a new scow, the Ted Ashby, built for the New Zealand National Maritime Museum in Auckland. It has been completed in time for the vessel's 10th anniversary in August 2003.
The original construction footage shot in 1992 includes a timelapse from 3 angles, and the building process from timber milling to lauching.
The New Zealand trading scow's history and Ted Ashyby's story is told by the people involved - the designers, builders, sailmakers, historians and the people whose vision made the project possible. The atmosphere of an era past has been recreated. Modern techniques plus new and old footage enable the viewer a look at a history almost lost.
The Ted Ashby was the first new scow to be built for many years and there is unlikely to be another with the same authenticity. Ted Ashby - Big Rig of the Gulf is the third film in a maritime series made by Rick Allender and award winning Gaffrig Productions.
NZ$41.00 + delivery.
By Robin Elliot. To be published in March 2012. Preorder your copy now!
With every scrap aloft, carrying more sail than many larger keel yachts, and the crew driving her as fast as possible on the edge of control, no other yacht captures the attention quite like an 18-footer in full flight.
This is as true today as it was 100 years ago.
From its origins in the 1890s as an over-canvassed, over-crewed 18-foot dinghy to the 7-man skiff types of the 1930s, and from the trapeze-driven moulded vaneer creations of the 1950s, to the carbon fibre flying machines of today, the 18-footer has retained its appeal for both sailor and spectator.
Its evolution from one form to another was not always welcome. Friends and enemies were lost and created as the battle lines were drawn, either to protect the old or promote the new. On both sides of the Tasman breakaway clubs were formed and old alliances broken in the heat of arguments as clubs sought to maintain their visions of what a true 18-footer really was. Through it all, the 18-footer survived and evolved.
For the first time, this 18-footer back-story has been put into context with the State, Interstate and Inter-dominion racing that has made the class so famous.
Galloping Ghosts tells the full story, from the controversial origins of the Sydney Flying Squadron, the NSW 18-footer's Sailing League and the Auckland Sailing Club, right up to Len Hefferman's Aberdare of the mid-1960s. All the familiar names are there, Australian II, H.C.Press II, Aberdare, Taree, Intrigue, Myra Too, Envy, The Jantzen Girls, Taipan, Venom, Schemer, as well as the men who made them fly.
Meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated, Galloping Ghosts is the history of the 18-footer as it has never been told before.
NZ$50.00 + delivery.
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