Nautical, Maritime and Boating History and Tradition page two.



See also: Nautical History of Polar Exploration, Nautical Dictionary and Sea Terms
and Naval History and Tales

  • The White Ships
  • Bligh - Master Mariner
  • Scout - 100 Years Astern...
  • Captainís Log DVD
  • Navigation through the Ages
  • Pirates
  • Iain Oughtred - A Life in Wooden Boats
  • Empires of the Sea
  • The Voyages of Captain Cook
  • 150 Years of New Zealand Shipbuilding
  • Explorers, Whalers & Tattooed Sailors
  • Mercator
  • Longitude - hardback
  • The Illustrated Longitude
  • Longitude
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    THE WHITE SHIPS: NEW ZEALAND'S FIRST WORLD WAR HOSPITAL SHIPS
    by Gavin McLean. Hardback, 0.92 kg, 190mm x 270m, 207 pages, Black and White photographs with some colour. Published. 2013.
    The hospital ships Maheno and Marama were the first World Wars poster ships. Blazing conspicuous trails, brightly painted by day , floodlit by night, and constantly (and widely) reported, criss-crossing the oceans on well publicised missions of mercy...

    In 1915 as casualities mounted at Gallipoli, the Government took them over, and, encouraged by Governor Liverpool, New Zealanders dug deep in their pockets to fit them out and provide comfort for their patients. By the end of the War, the 2 ships had carried 47,000 people.

    This book tells the story of those Hospital Ships. Based on extensive research, it brings to life a mixed crew of ship owners, politicians, mariners, doctors, nurses and patients as they battle sea sickness, explore foreign lands, pull rank, mutiny, squabble over privileges, and bitch about food while still managing to care for patients under difficult and dangerous circumstances.

    More than a book directed only at maritime or medical history, The White Ships illustrates many of the war's big issues, including political relationships, the Home front,labour relations, alcohol attitudes and War profits and profiteering. .

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    BLIGH - MASTER MARINER.
    by Rob Mundle. Hardback, 0.7 kg, 160mm x 240m, 368 pages, full colour illustrations, publ.2010.
    The eighteenth century was an era when brave mariners took their ships beyond the horizon in search of an unknown world. Those chosen to lead these expeditions were exceptional navigators, men who had shown brilliance as they ascended the ranks in the Royal Navy. They were also bloody good sailors.
    From ship's boy to vice-admiral, discover how much more there was to Captain Bligh than his infamous bad temper. Meet a 24 year-old Master Bligh as he witnesses the demise of his captain and mentor, Cook; a 34-year-old Lieutenant Bligh at the helm of the famous Bounty then cast adrift by Fletcher Christian on an epic 47-day open-boat voyage from Tonga to Timor; and a 36-year-old Captain Bligh as he takes HMS Providence, in the company of a young Matthew Flinders, on a grand voyage to Tahiti and back. And all this before he was forty.
    Rob Mundle's Bligh puts you at the heart of a great nautical life - it's a story that embraces the romance of the sea, bravery in battle, the adventure of exploration under sail and the cost of having the courage of your convictions.

    NZ$45.00 + Delivery.

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    Also available in paperback
    NZ$40.00 + Delivery.

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    SCOUT - 100 YEARS ASTERN.
    by Sandra Gorter. Paperback, 0.48kg, 294mm x 210m, 110 pages, colour and black and white illustrations. Published 2010.
    The little keeler Scout, has raced successfully in and around Auckland with the C-class most of her life. A century of frustrated handicappers who worked with her age and/or waterline length, found that her performance belied both these measures and that handicapping the boat according to her place on the line was the only real measure of her potential.
    The secret to her performance lay in her design roots. Launched in 1909, she was built in the Whangarei backyard of three young brothers. They had sourced her lines from a magazine article about the recently agreed 6 Metre rule, extolling the virtues of a design that became an Olympic class for international racing. It was little wonder that Auckland boats had trouble beating this little racing machine.
    Her story as a work boat, home, racing yacht, and cruising and party boat for generations, is largely told by the people who sailed on Scout. Their stories over a century of change cast light on the yachting and social conditions of their day, giving a very personal view of the early years of Auckland yachting.
    Ending with Scout's creditable performance in the 6 Metre regatta at Newport in her century year 2009, this book celebrates a hundred years of one of Auckland's best little racing yachts.

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    CAPTAIN'S LOG DVD.
    by TVNZ. Running time approx. 180 minutes.
    Captainís Log is the story of New Zealandís love affair with the sea. Peter Elliot sails around New Zealand retracing Captain Cookís voyage of discovery in 1769. Travelling on 20 different boats, Peter explores the coastline and reveals the events that have formed New Zealandís maritime heritage.
  • Episode 1: Gisborne to Mercury Bay
  • Episode 2: Mercury Bay to Cape Reinga
  • Episode 3: Cape Reinga to Lyttelton
  • Episode 4: Lyttelton to Díurville Island

    NZ$31.00 + Delivery.

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    NAVIGATION THROUGH THE AGES.
    by Donald Launer. Paperback, 149mm X 226mm, 192 pages, monochrome photographs and drawings.
    Sailors have been navigating the seas for thousands of years, and navigational technology has progressed exponentially during that time. This concise yet comprehensive volume from popular author Donald Launer begins with the impressive developments in navigation undertaken by early seafarers and follows the art and science of navigation through the ages to their culmination in the huge advances made by our contemporaries. Launer explores the navigational tools invented by each civilization and includes generous illustrations to help readers envision the tools used.
    The topics covered are ;
  • Ancient navigation Skills.
  • Navigation Techniques in the Middle Ages.
  • The Age of Discovery.
  • The Electronic Age.
  • Navigation and the Environment.
  • Emergency Signalling.
    Written in an accessible style, with no unexplained jargon or terminology Navigation Through the Ages will appeal especially to sailors and to anyone with an interst in the history of science and the exploration of our world.

    NZ$46.00 + Delivery.

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    PIRATES.
    by Ross Kemp. Paperback, 128mm X 198mm, 236 pages, colour photos.
    Pirates have been around as long as people have sailed the oceans as trade routes, and their reign on the world's high seas has inspired many a novelist. But the type of pirate Ross Kemp is investigating is a world away from the cutlass and peg-leg corsair of Treasure Island or Pirates of the Caribbean. The pirates Ross searches for in the seas of Somalia, Indonesia and Nigeria are armed with AK-47 assault rifles, RPG-7 rocket launchers and semi-automatic pistols. They race towards their targets in speed boats and board and capture vessels in a flash. They are dangerous and ruthless - and will stop at nothing.
    Piracy is becoming an increasing problem that is not going away. As the pirates he meets stretch their operations ever further into new hunting grounds, Kemp puts himself in harm's way to find out how much of a force they are to be reckoned with.

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    IAIN OUGHTRED - A LIFE IN WOODEN BOATS.
    by Nic Compton, Hardback, 230mm X 284mm, 159 pages, full colour photographs and monochrome drawings.
    Britain's wooden boat revival was a long time coming, but when it arrived there was one name that stood out above all others: Iain Oughtred. A former dinghy racer turned boatbuilder and designer, Iain developed a cult following both for the beauty of his designs and the quality of the drawings. Challenging the view that building boats was the province of the wealthy, he created exceptionally appealing yet inexpensive wooden boats ideal for amateur construction, often basing the designs on traditional local craft. Still going strong, his designs now number more than 100 and are built around the world by amateurs and professionals alike.

    This beautiful and comprehensive book traces the life of this most enigmatic of designers, from his roots in Australia to the wilds of Scotland. His most popular designs are brought to life with gorgeous photography, often set in the stunnig Scottish landscape where he is based, and supplemented with an extensive plan section. Including interviews with family, friends and fellow designers, the evocaive text provides both a moving personal biography and a comprehensive overview of one man's life work.

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    EMPIRES OF THE SEA.The fial battle for the Mediterranean, 1521-1580.
    By Roger Crowley, Paperback, 128mm X 197mm, 341 pages, full colour photographs and black & white drawings.
    When Suleiman the Magnificent's invasion fleet set sail for Rhodes in 1521, it was the start of a sixty-year epic struggle for control of the Mediterranean. This is a breathtaking story of military crusading, Barbary pirates, white slavery and the Ottoman Empire - as well as the contest between Islam and Christianity, East and West. In this sweeping narrative history, Roger Crowley takes us from Istanbul to the Gates of Gibraltar, introduces us to extraordinary warriors including the pirate Barbarossa and the Knights of St John, and brings vividly to life the bloody siege of Malta and the shattering final sea battle at Lepanto

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    THE VOYAGES OF CAPTAIN COOK.
    By Anthony Cornish, Hardback, 155mm X 217mm, 112 pages, monochrome paintings.
    Captain James Cook is probably the most famous maritime explorer of all time, and with good reason. The three voyages of discovery he made between 1768 and his death in 1779 set new standards in navigation, surveying and shipboard health. Among his many achievements he dispelled the myth of a Great Southern Continent, established that New Zealand was two islands and discovered and charted the eastern coast of Australia to a high degree of accuracy. The retinues of gentleman scientists that sailed with him made advances in astronomy, botany and zoology, and artists such as Sydney Parkinson, Alexander Buchan and William Hodges provided Europeans with some of the first images of the exotic peoples, flora and fauna of the Pacific.
    Much has been written about Cook, but in this format the author, Anthony Cornish, is able to structure the book as a Question & Answer session, to discuss the 101 most pertinent and interesting questions relating to Cook's career and character, the objectives and route of each of his voyages, and the key events. Beautifully enhanced with engravings from the published narratives of the voyages, artefacts and paintings now held in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and photographs of the Endeavour replica, this is an essential companion for any Cook enthusiast.

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    150 YEARS OF NEW ZEALAND SHIPBUILDING - 1795 TO 1945.
    By Miles Hughes, CD Rom. Published in 2012.
    European shipbuilding began in New Zealand in 1792, when a group of deserted sealers began construction of a schooner in Dusky Sound. This vessel was abandoned half-built when the sealers were rescued. However the vessel was later completed by some marooned sailors and launched in 1795.
    European settlement of New Zealand began soon after this with traders establishing isolated settlements on the coast, often under the protection of the local Maori chief. With the mountainous interior of the country heavily forested, the only means of travel between these communities was by sea.
    Listed in this book are more than 1,200 New Zealand shipbuilders, shipwrights and boatbuilders, including Maori waka tohunga of the period, together with their biographies and the names, specifications and first owners of over 5,600 of their vessels.
    This book in PDF format on CD Rom provides a valuable source of information on New Zealand's maritime history.

    NZ$30.00 + Delivery.

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    EXPLORERS, WHALERS & TATTOOED SAILORS.
    ByGordon & Sarah Ell. Hbk, 135mm x 204, 302 pages, monochrome illustrations.
    This collection of first-hand accounts, drawn from early writings and out-of-print books, lets the first Europeans to visit this country tell their own stories of exploration, risk and adventure. Abel Tasman and Joseph Banks write of their first encounters with the people of this new land, followed by missionaries, traders, whalers and sealers, regency bucks, gentlemen scientists and entrepreneurs keen to explore its possibilities. Told in their own words, these stories bring to life a young country yet to come under British rule. This collection, first published in 1992 by The Bush Press, brings back into print many hard-to-find and otherwise unpublished stories, packaged in an attractive gift edition with a modern look.

    NZ$36.00 + delivery.

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    MERCATOR, The Man Who Mapped the Planet.
    By Nicholas Crane. Pbk, 128mm x 198mm, 397 pages, full colour photographs.
    This book is a vivid biography of the man who created the first modern map of the world.
    Gerard Mercator solved the dimensional riddle that had vexed cosmographers for so long: How could the three dimensional globe be converted into a two-dimensional map while retaining true compass bearings? The Mercator Projection revolutionised navigation and has become the most common world view.
    Mercator lived through an extraordinary period of intellectual and scientific revolution, during which cartographers were piecing together the complex fragments of evidence that would create a compete picture of the planet. He was a poor cobbler's son and ultimately attended one of Europe's top universities. As with other innovative men of science during this period, he was persecuted by the church and imprisoned by the Inquisition, yet overcame repression to produce the Mercator Projection, and to coin the word Atlas.

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    LONGITUDE
    By Dava Sobel, Pbk, 110mm x 175mm, 184 pages.
    Longitude is the dramatic human story of an epic scientific quest. The 'longitude problem' was the thorniest dilemma of the eighteenth century. Lacking the ability to measure longitude accurately, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea.
    At the heart of Dava Sobel's fascinating brief history of astronomy, navigation and horology stands the figure of John Harrison, self taught Yorkshire clockmaker, and his forty-year obsession with building the perfect timekeeper. Battling against the establishment, Harrison stood alone in pursuit of his solution and the GBP20,000 reward offered by Parliament.

    NZ$23.50 + Delivery

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    LONGITUDE - HARDBACK
    By Dava Sobel, Hbk, 144mm x209mm, 184 pages, full colour photographs and illustrations.
    The text in this hardback edition is identical to the paperback described above. The differences are in the binding and this harback has 8 pages of colour photographs and illustrations. it is a beautifully presented book.

    NZ$41.00 + Delivery

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    THE ILLUSTRATED LONGITUDE.
    By Dava Sobel, Pbk, 255mm x 230mm, 216 pages, full colour photographs and reproductions.
    This book recounts in words and images the epic quest to solve the greatest scientific problem of the eighteenth and three prior centuries: determining how a captain could pinpoint his ship's location at sea. All too often throughout the ages of exploration, voyages ended in disaster when crew and cargo were either lost at sea or destroyed upon the rocks of an unexpected landfall. Thousands of lives and the fortunes of nations hung on a resolution to the longitude problem.
    To encourage a solution, governments established prizes for anyone whose method or device proved successful. The largest reward of 20,000 pounds - truly a king's ransom - was offered by Britain's Parliament in 1714. The scientific establishment - from Galileo to Sir Isaac Newton - had been certain that a celestial answer would be found and invested untold effort in this pursuit. By contrast, John Harrison imagined and built the unimaginable: a clock that told perfect time at sea, known today as the chronometer. Harrison's trials and tribulations during his forty-year quest to win the prize are the culmination of this remarkable story.
    The Illustrated Longitude brings a new and important dimension to Dava Sobel's celebrated story. It contains the entire original narrative of Longitude, redesigned to accompany 183 images chosen by William Andrews - from portraits of every important figure in the story to maps and diagrams, scientific instruments, and John Harrison's remarkable sea clocks themselves. Andrew's elegant captions and sidebars on scientific and histotical events tell their own story of longitude, paralleling and illuminating Sobel's memorable tale.

    NZ$71.50 + Delivery

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