BOAT BOOKS:Lighthouses.


  • Guiding Lights
  • The Last Lighthouse Keeper
  • Sunset to Sunrise
  • Sentinels of the Sea
  • Southern Lights
  • Light Through a Lens
  • Lights in the Landscape
  • Lights in the Landscape
  • The Tall White Tower
  • The Lighthouse Stevensons
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    GUIDING LIGHTS. The extraordinary lives of Lighthouse Women
    By Shona Riddell. Hardback, 0.72kg, 165mm x 240mm, 243 pages, Colour, Black and White Images, Sepia Photos. Published 2020

    Women have a long history of keeping the lights burning, from tending ancient altar flames or bonfires to modern-day lighthouse keeping. Yet most of their stories are little known.
    Guiding Lights includes stories from around the world spanning two millennia, as we discover the physical and mental risks of isolation, the heroism of the female keepers, how they came to be hired (especially in the 19th century), and the mysteries and legends that are inextricably part of lighthouse history.

    NZ$45.00 + delivery.

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    By John Cook. Softback, 0.51kg, 155mm x 223mm, 339 pages. Colour Photographs. Published 2020.

    In Tasmania, John Cook is known as 'The Keeper of the Flame'. As one of Australia's longest-serving lighthouse keepers, John spent 26 years tending Tasmania's well-known kerosene 'lights' at Tasman Island, Maatsuyker Island and Bruny Island.
    From sleepless nights keeping the lights alive, battling the wind and sea as they ripped at gutters and flooded stores, raising a joey, tending sheep and keeping ducks and chickens, the life of a keeper was one of unexpected joy and heartbreak. But for John, nothing was more heartbreaking than the introduction of electric lights, and the lighthouses that were left empty forever.
    Evocatively told, The Last Lighthouse Keeper is a love story between a man and a dying way of life, as well as a celebration of wilderness and solitude.

    NZ$37.00 + delivery.

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    SUNSET TO SUNRISE. An Illustrated History of New Zealand's Lighthouses
    By Timothy Nicol. Softback, 0.79kg, 190mm x 250mm, 309 pages, Colour, Black and White Images, drawings, plans and charts. Published 2018

    This fascinating history of all of New Zealand's lighthouses, as well as stories of hardship and perseverance endured by stout-hearted keepers and their families, will captivate the reader and give insight of a bygone age when men and women strove against the elements to preserve the safety of mariners as well as maintaining these magnificent structures.

    Together with historical details, this beautifully presented book commemorates the tales of hardship and endurance scarcely believable in today's world. Original photography and current maps are included to assist every enthusiast to relive the amazing tales and stories in the book.

    NZ$40.00 + delivery.

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    SENTINELS OF THE SEA. A Miscellany of Lighhouses Past.
    By R G Grant. Hardback, 1.01kg, 195mm x 305mm, 159 pages, Images, Drawings, Plans. Published 2018

    Sentinels of the Sea describes the engineering genius that allowed Lighthouse construction on even the smallest of rock outcrops, and the innovations that made the lights so powerful and reliable.

    Intricate, elegant architectural plans and elevations, and evocative period drawings and photographs showcase the innovative designs and technologies behind 100 historic lighthouses built around the world from the 18th to the 20th century.
    R.G. Grantís engaging and authoritative text chronicles the incredible feats of engineering and endurance that brought these iconic, isolated towers into being, the advances in lens technology that made the lights so effective, and the everyday routines of the lighthouse keepers and the heroic rescues that many performed.

    Packed with extraordinary stories of human endeavour, desperate shipwrecks, builders defying the elements and heroic sea rescues, the book also reveals the isolation and vulnerability of the dedicated lighthouse keepers.

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    by Guinever Nalder. Paperback, 0.72 kgs. 170mm x 240mm, black & white and full colour photographs. Published 2017
    Southern Lights recounts the story of how New Zealand's lighthouses were established through the transfer of technology from Scotland to New Zealand over a period of almost 90 years. This resulted in most of New Zealand's lighthouses being fully or partially built using Scottish materials and expertise. The major Scottish contribution was the professional services provided by the firm founded by Robert Stevenson although by the time the first lighthouses were built in New Zealand, Robert had died and his eldest son Alan had retired.

    The firm of David and Thomas Stevenson thus took on the first commissions and its successor companies over a period of 80 years were Consulting Lighthouse Engineers to the New Zealand Government. They arranged tenders, advised on technology, supervised manufacture and despatch of lighthouse components and stores, and much more, proving invaluable to the New Zealand Agent-General in London.

    It was on this basis that in the period 1859 to 1941 38 major lighthouses were built; 30 of which were constructed between 1865 and 1897. Despite New Zealand's limited industrial base, this arrangement ensured they had access to Scottish lighthouse technology and expertise. Thirty-three were built using Scottish designed and built lanterns and apparatus and Scottish-designed lenses, although these were of French or English manufacture. Of the other five, two were eventually replaced by Scottish lighthouses, two were upgraded with Scottish technology, and the fifth remains the sole example of English lighthouse design, although in its time was supplied with Scottish equipment. Scotland also supplied trained professionals who manned the lights, designed and administered them.

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    By Neil Jones & Paul Ridgeway. Hardback, 0.98kg, 260mm x 255mm, 158 pages, Full colour photographs.
    In 1514, Henry VIII granted the Corporation of Trinity House a royal charter establishing it as an authority in maritime matters within his kingdom. Later its remit was expanded to include responsibility for the provision and maintenance of aids to navigation. 500 years later the organisation is still responsible for the operation of lighthouses around England, Wales and the Channel Islands. Though automated now, these lighthouses are maintained in all their unique and idiosyncratic splendour, proving popular architectural landmarks with locals and visitors alike.

    To celebrate Trinity House's quincentenary, this beautiful photographic book features the best photography from the Corporation's own archive, much of which has never been seen by the public before. The fascinating images seek to show some of the unusual diversity of the ancient, complex and somewhat misunderstood institution, with accompanying passages to describe what happened during those five eventful centuries.

    This photographic account of these iconic structures dotted around the most vulnerable stretches of coastline is to be treasured by anyone who finds the haunting beam of a lighthouse at sea an immensely comforting sight.

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    By Grant Sheehan. Hardback, 1.30kg, 245mm x 320mm, 159 pages, Full colour photographs.
    A spectacular photgraphic journey from New Zealand's most northern lighthouse at Cape Reinga to its most southern, on Dog Island in Foveaux Strait. This book shows not only the Lighthouses, but also the landscape around them, capturing the wild beauty of the coastline, the unpredictable weather and the wildlife in these, mostly isolated, areas. Sheehans photgraphs, showcase the iconic buildings and the sharp textural landscapes around them, captured in light conditions, that range from stormlight and moonlight to stunning nightscapes with star filled skies. The accompanying text gives a brief history of each lighthouse, of the events that (may) have taken place there, and, for those lighthouses still in operation, the appropriate technical details. Grant Sheehan also pays justifable tribute to to the keepers and their families.

    'Anythin' for a quiet life, as the man said when he took the situation at the lighthouse'.... (Charles Dickens)

    NZ$75.00 + delivery.

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    By W.E.H.Creamer (completed by Terry Cole). Paperback, 0.47kg, 148mm x 210mm, 248 pages, monochrome photographs. Published in 2013.
    In Terry Cole's words:
    We are perhaps fortunate that my Uncle Eric, (W.E.H.Creamer) had the insight to put on paper what he remembered of his family's life in the New Zealand Lighthouse Service. Obviously the early years were recounted to him by his parents but they none the less provide the completion of the tale.
    In later life he visited some of the Stations at which his parents served and this reminded him of some of the events and hardships that were thrust upon them.
    Captain Bollons and the GSS Hinemoa are well documented in various archives.
    As you will read, from quite an early age, he was always writing things, as school projects or to send off to the Boy Scout Magazine. He also wrote other manuscripts about his days fishing for a living on Pioneer 2.
    This book represents the events as they actually happened and this is borne out by my own research into things he described happening to him and his family. Other authors describe some of the stations in similiar vein to my uncle Eric and have used parts of this book, of which a manuscript copy is held by the Turnbull Library, in their own publications, and the "Papers Past" website has given me confirmation of many of the events he gives as taking place. When he wrote his manuscript in the mid 1960s, he could not have envisaged that his nephew would finish the task and put it in print. I am honoured to have been the one who did it."

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    By Bella Bathurst. Paperback, 128mm x 198mm, 284 pages, monochrome drawings.
    Robert Louis Stevenson was the most famous of the Stevensons, but not by any means the most productive. The Lighthouse Stevensons, all four generations of them, built every lighthouse around Scotland, were responsible for a host of optical and structural innovations, and achieved feats of engineering in unbelievably forbidding conditions. The same driven energy that Robert louis put into writing, his ancestors put into lighting the darkness of the seas. Theirs is a story of high endeavour and remarkable ingenuity, beautifully told by Bella Bathhurst in this contemporary classic of historical biography.

    NZ$31.00 + delivery.

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