BOAT BOOKS:Lighthouses.


  • Guiding Lights
  • Sunset to Sunrise
  • Lights in the Landscape
  • The Lighthouse Stevensons
  • Tall White Tower
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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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    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.

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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 Bella Bathurst. Paperback, 128mm x 198mm, 284 pages, monochrome drawings. Reprint 2020
    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.

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    By W E H Creamer. Paperback, 150mm x 210mm, 248 pages. Published 2013

    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.
    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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