See also: Nautical History and Polar Exploration

  • Fish And Ships
  • Sea Fever
  • The Book of Sea Shanties
  • Sea Shanties
  • Reeds Maritime Flag Handbook
  • Reeds 9-Language Handbook
  • The Illustrated Boat Dictionary in 9 Languages
  • The Practical Mariner's Book of Knowledge
  • Breverton's Nautical Curiosities

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    Published by National Maritime Museum Greenwich . Hardback, 0.34kg, 140mm x 180mm, 175 pages, Black and White Illustrations. Published 2023.

    When is a boat not a ship?

    Was Captain Kidd truly a pirate?

    What was the deadliest disaster at sea?

    Is the Bermuda triangle dangerous?

    Are mermaids real?

    What does three sheets to the wind mean?

    How do you tie a clove hitch knot?

    Ahoy! Want to learn the ropes of the maritime world?

    This light-hearted, illustrated miscellany is packed full of hundreds of amazing facts from the experts at the National Maritime Museum and Cutty Sark to put the wind in your sails. All aboard, its time to discover the world beyond the shore.

    NZ$30.00 + delivery.

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    By Meg Clothier & Chris Clothier. Softback, 0.26kg, 130mm x 198mm, 306 pages, Line Drawings. Published 2022.

    Everything you need to know about the sea and shore, from high tides to half-hitches.

    Can you interpret the shipping forecast? Do you know your flotsam from your jetsam? Or who owns the foreshore? Can you tie a half-hitch - or would you rather splice the mainbrace?
    Full of charming illustrations and surprising facts, Sea Fever provides the answers to all these and more. Mixing advice on everything from seasickness to righting a capsized boat with arcane marine lore, recipes, history and dramatic stories of daring-do.

    From how to catch a crab, to the mysteries of riptide, what can be told from a sea breeze to smuggling stories and shipwrecks, this is a great 'dip into' book to understand your buoys from your bowlines!

    NZ$25.00 + delivery.

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    By Nathan Evans. Hardback, 0.28kg, 135mm x 205mm, 178 pages, Line Drawings. Published 2021.

    The world sang in harmony with Nathan Evans, the Glaswegian postie turned singer of sea shanties. Join him as he takes you through time and seafaring history to discover the true meaning of Wellerman, and who and what exactly was the Drunken Sailor?

    Featuring over 35 best loved shanties, and the meaning behind each of the favourite shanties and show how they have shaped and inspired.

    Beautifully illustrated throughout, it also includes original shanties and bonus content written exclusively for this book.

    NZ$30.00 + delivery.

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    The Lyrics and History of Sailor Songs
    By Karen Dolby. hardback, 0.29kg, 135mm x 205mm, 192 pages, Line Drawings. Published 2021.

    A rousing collection of over fifty of the most memorable and feel good shaties in Maritime history.

    Composed and performed by sailors on sailing ships to ensure the rhythmic operation of the hauling and heaving that was a mainstay of a lot of their work aboard these huge merchant vessels, they were also about camaraderie, positivity and motivation. Life as sea was harsh and relentless, and these songs injected some much-needed humour into maritime life.

    The words and fascinating history of some of the best-loved shanties, dating back as early as the seventeenth century, are brought to life in this wonderful collection.

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    By Reeds. Paperback, 0.17kg, 102mm x 160mm, 176 pages, full colour illustrations. Published 2022.

    Anyone going to sea needs an understanding of maritime flags, and this handy book is the perfect pocket-sized reference.
    Concise but comprehensive, it includes:

  • National maritime flags
  • Special ensigns, jacks, burgees, official and defence flags, and code flags
  • Yacht club burgees
  • Signal flags (including naval codes, distress signals and racing codes)
  • Flag etiquette and usage (from positions to salutes to timing and more)

    Expanded and updated for its third edition, the book now includes masthead burgees, as well as new advice on changing rules in European waters and beyond, and more information on the use of and etiquette surrounding local, regional and other unofficial flags.

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    By Reeds. Paperback, 0.16kg, 102mm x 160mm, 160 pages, full colour illustrations. Published 2021.

    The pocket dictionary is centred around clear, colour, annotated diagrams, such as parts of the rig and engine, in each nautical subject area, and makes it very easy and convenient to translate between nine languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Portuguese and Greek).
    The diagrams can easily be used to show someone what is meant (or what is broken!) without having to worry about the language barrier. It covers general terms, such as 'port' and 'starboard', as well as technical words relating to engine and rigging repair and maintenance. Other topics include navigation, weather, seamanship, requesting help, medical emergencies, safety equipment, numbers and time.

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    THE ILLUSTRATED BOAT DICTIONARY IN 9 LANGUAGES by Vanessa Bird. Paperback, 0.45kg, 190mm x 245mm, 160 pages.
    The Illustrated Boat Dictionary in 9 Languages is an invaluable reference for boating excursions abroad. Helpful explanatory illustrations, arranged by topic, will enable you to communicate quickly and easily abroad when you need help but can't speak the language. Centered around clear annotated diagrams on a wealth of subjects, this invaluable visual reference makes it easy to explain what you need (or what has broken!) in nine different languages

    Let's imagine you are stuck in Rotterdam and you need some bolt cutters (betonschaars) or perhaps you have an urge for a grease gun in Copenhagen (schmierpresse), or maybe you need to be making headway (Arrancada avante) in Spain..and hey, who doesn't want to know where anchoring is prohibited in Porto (Probido Fundear!) or what the the formalities are like in Denmark (Formalitaten) This book has words and illustrations for the nine most used languages, including.. English, French, German, Dutch, Danish, Spanish, Italian, Portugese and Greek.

    Topics covered:

  • Parts of a boat (Sail and Power)
  • Manoeuvring, berthing, anchoring.
  • Tides, Navigation and Weather
  • Parts of an Engine, including outboards.
  • Water, gas, electrical and steering systems
  • Tools, plus maintenance and repair terms
  • Safety equipment and parts of the body

    Amazingly comprehensive, and specially geared to yachtsmen and motorboaters, this is a must-have reference for anyone cruising in foreigh waters.

    NZ$45.00 + delivery.

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    THE PRACTICAL MARINER'S BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE - 460 sea-tested rules of thumb for almost every boating situation.

    by John Vigor. paperback, 0.28kg, 120mm x 204mm, 274 pages. Second expanded edition published 2013.
    The Practical Mariner's Book of Knowledge is either the most useful boating book ever designed to entertain or the most entertaining book ever designed to be useful. In its alphabetical organization that juxtaposes wildly disparate entries, you can read about the derivation of figureheads where you turned to for recommended thicknessess of fibreglass hulls. In between the whimsy, however, is the essence of centuries of seafaring experience distilled into a concise reference for sailors and powerboaters. There may be no substitute for a lifetime of experience, but this book is the next best thing. It should be kept at the navigation station and on every boat.

    Inside you will find information that is otherwise scattered through dozens of volumes. If you can't find what you want quickly from the table of contents, there's an exhaustive subject index. If you need more precise data than a rule of thumb can provide, you may well find it among the 6 appendix tables, which are also indexed. You'll find rules of thumb for:

  • Changing a boat's name
  • Towing the safest way
  • Burial at sea
  • Preventing wood rot
  • Hull thicknesses
  • Anchoring rights
  • Jib size
  • Curing mast vibration
  • Time taken for boat tasks
  • Survival rations
    and a lot more: open it up and get lost in the sage advice and witty wisdom that will make you long for the sea.

    NZ$40.00 + delivery.

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    By Terry Breverton. Hardback, 0.67kg, 140mm x 206mm, 384 pages, colour contents and illustrations.
    What is the origin of the distress call 'Mayday'? How did the cod change the world? Where was history's most devastating wave? How did the War of Jenkin's Ear start? Who was the bloodiest pirate ever to have sailed? Where would you find the poop deck?
    From famous naval battles to the parts of an anchor, from maritime slang and saying to the heroes and villains of the high seas, and from the amazing creatures of the deep to how the oceans affect our weather, this remarkable compendium will entertain, inform and enthral anyone who has ever felt the call of the sea.

    NZ$40.00 + Delivery.

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