Nautical, Maritime and Boating History. Page two.


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  • Classic - The revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand
  • Vintage New Zealand Launches
  • The Logans
  • Winkelmann's Waitemata
  • Frank Worsley
  • The White Ships
  • Scout - 100 Years Astern...
  • 150 Years of New Zealand Shipbuilding
  • Explorers, Whalers & Tattooed Sailors
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    CLASSIC - The Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand
    By Ivor Wilkins. Hardback, 2.76kg, 254mm x 305mm, full colour photographs.
    New Zealand has a remarkable maritime history and many of us have a close relationship with the sea that surrounds us. No sooner had the first European settlers arrived in Auckland than they held a regatta to celebrate, and the first pure racing/pleasure yachts were built from the 1880s onwards, by the famous houses of Logan and Bailey.

    More than 100 years later, many of these masterpieces are still going strong, and their remarkable life stories of success, neglect and restoration tell a story of New Zealand's history. Renowned yachting writer and photographer, Ivor Wilkins, showcases the leading lights of the recent classic yacht revival movement: big names such as Waitangi, Rainbow and Ariki, treasures such as Little Jim and Rona, and the classic dinghies and launches which dot our coast.

    It is a tribute both to the original builders of these magnificent craft but also to their current owners and restorers, who have gone to what might seem incomprehensible lengths to bring them back to their former glory and return them to home waters. Lavishly illustrated with contemporary and historic photographs, this book tells the fascinating stories of these boats and at the same time tells a story of New Zealand's own history.

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    VINTAGE NEW ZEALAND LAUNCHES, A Winkelmann Portfolio.
    By Harold Kidd & Robin Elliott. Paperback, 0.68kg, landscape 280mm x 260mm, 108 pages, monochrome photographs.
    The team of two New Zealand classic-boat authors returns to the local maritime history scene with another very collectable book of excellent reproductions of photos from Henry Winkelmann - New Zealand's equivalent of Beken of Cowes, Isle of Wight.
    This book contains a stunning collection of photographs of early powerboats and launches taken from the mid-1890s to the late 1920s. Of 600 Winkelmann recorded powerboat photos around 450 survive and form part of the Auckland War Museum's Winkelmann Collection.
    The book is structured chronologically, following the style of the authors' earlier book Winkelmann's Waitemata (now unfortunately out of print), the first image dated 1897 and the last 1928. This period saw the decline of the steam launch in favour of "oil engine" power.
    The Photographs are of a wide range of craft, from the obscure to the famous, and from work-boats to speedboats. Boat-historians will be interested to trace the growth and transformation of generic forms such as the "tram-top", the "bridgedecker" and the "flushdecker", as launches finally gained full design-independance from their sailing progenitors.

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    By Robin Elliott and Harold Kidd. Paperback, 0.75kg, 260mm x 282mm, 144 pages, 100 monochrome photographs, drawings and boat plans.
    Since the 1880's yachts and launches from the yards and sheds of the Logan family have always stood out as shining examples of designers and builders arts. Contemporary reports would invariably describe these boats as having the "Logan style", immediately marking them as outstanding. The Logan racing yachts became champions and their keelboat cruisers and launches performed well above their owners' expectations. These virtues give the Logan name a mystique and pedigree that is highly valued to this day.
    Whilst the boats and the yard name are well known throughout New Zealand, the people who created them are not. Robert Logan senior and his sons John, James, Robert, Arch and Willie were all involved in various aspects of the consummate firm known as Logan Brothers, as were Arch's grandsons, Jack and Doug. The family eschewed publicity, preferring their product to speak for them.
    The book is illustrated with details and plans of known vessels, and photographs of the vessels and the family. The authors too are well known in New Zealand boating circles as excellent historians and authors of many magazine articles and co-authors of Winkelmann's Waitemata and Southern Breeze.

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    WINKELMANN'S WAITEMATA, Classic Auckland Yachting.
    By Robin Elliot, Harold Kidd, T L Rodney Wilson. Paperback, 0.52kg, 285mm x 260mm, 80 pages, monochrome photographs.
    A reprint of the first edition featuring photographs of Henry Winkelmann. There are familiar names as Ariki Rainbow, Viking, Moana, Iorangi and many others sailing in that time.
    Winkelmann's Waitemata provides a fascinating insight into the origins and history of early New Zealand yachting, and gives a unique perspective on a sport that currently has such a high profile in New Zealand.

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    FRANK WORSLEY - Shackleton's Fearless Captain.
    By John Thomson. Hardback, 1.14kg, 200mm x 267mm, 216 pages, monochrome photographs.
    Frank Worsley is undoubtedly one of New Zealand’s greatest adventurers, a man regarded by Sir Edmund Hillary as ‘one of my heroes’. Born in Akaroa in 1872, he went to sea aged 15 as an apprentice on the sailing ships working between New Zealand and Britain.

    Worsley became the captain of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance, which was trapped in pack ice on the 1914-1916 Imperial Trans-Antarctic expedition and slowly crushed. The crew of 28 spent over a year on the Antarctic ice before Shackleton, Worsley and four other men sailed a tiny lifeboat 1300 km across the wild, freezing Southern Ocean to the island of South Georgia, and their subsequent rescue. This appallingly arduous journey is widely regarded as on of the greatest survival stories of all time, and its success was entirely reliant on Worsley’s remarkable navigation skills, and greatly aided by his fearless seamanship.

    Worsley was more than just Shackleton’s ‘Skipper’ however. He was awarded the DSO and bar for bravery during World War I, and for the rest of his life he continued to seek out adventure wherever he could.

    This biography of Frank Worsley was originally published in 1998, and has been revised and updated to refresh a story that deserves to be retold for future generations. The story of this proud New Zealander’s remarkable approach to life, far from home, cannot help but inspire anyone who dares to lift their gaze above the ordinary.

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    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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    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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    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.

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    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.

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