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  • Cruise Ships Wellington
  • Ships Of Wellington
  • Strait Crossing
  • New Zealand Maritime Images - The Golden Years
  • Wanganella & the Australian Trans-Tasman Liners
  • Migrant Ships to Australia and New Zealand 1900 – 1939
  • All at Sea
  • Subritzky Shipping 1843-1993
  • Product Tankers
  • Blue Star Line
  • Ninety Percent of Everything
  • Deep Sea and Foreign Going
  • Bulk Carriers
  • Steam Titans
  • A Tasman Trio
  • Those in Peril

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    CRUISE SHIPS WELLINGTON. One Hundred and One Visitors.
    By Victor Young. Hardback, 0.85kg, 218mm X 292mm, 127 pages, Full colour photographs.
    This album features cruise ships that have visited Wellington from the early days of cruising prior to World War II through to the giant floating resorts of today.

    A number of the ships described are not what many would consider Cruise Liners. Wellington has been visited by ships cruising the World providing medical services, youth goodwill exchanges, trade exhibitions, book sales, navigational training and crews for foreign fishing fleets. The growth of the International crusie Fleet has been phenomenal and the industry is a major income earner for New Zealand.

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    SHIPS OF WELLINGTON. The Past 50 years.
    By Victor Young. Hardback, .59kg, 248mm X 220mm, 104 pages, Black & White and full colour photographs.
    A delightful pictorial history of ships and smaller vessels of various types that were part of the Wellington Harbour scene in the second half of the 20th century. The photos, taken by Victor and his father, have extended captions, and photo essays deal with topics such as small ships and harbour service vessels.

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    STRAIT CROSSING. The ferries of Cook Strait through time.
    By Victor Young. Hardback, 1.17kg, 280mm X 215mm, 256 pages, full colour photographs.
    The cargo and passenger vessels recorded in this book have provided regular and scheduled services across Cook Strait since the late 19th Century, establishing and maintaining the vital link between Wellington and the South Island ports of Lyttelton, Picton and Nelson. Many will forever be a part of our nation's history. Most are forgotten in time. Described are the ships that, year after year, in war and peace, carried our commerce and families between north and south. They were our maritime 'household names'. Ships like the Tamahine, Hinemoa, Aramoana, the giant Kaitaki, and the pioneering Straitsman are among those featured in text and photos. Profiles recall crew and passenger memories, outline the ports, detail the historic 'boat trains', visit the loss of the Wahine and acknowledge the assistance of the harbour raio staions. Lavishly illustrated with many historic scenes, documents and attractive portraits of the ships, this book is an essential addition to the library of anyone interested in seafaring and New Zealand's maritime heritage.

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    NEW ZEALAND MARITIME IMAGES - THE GOLDEN YEARS.
    By Emmanuel Makarios. Hardback, 282mm X 217mm, 257 pages, Full colour photographs.
    This book contains some 300 colour images of New Zealand maritime scenes from the collection of the Museum of Wellington City and Sea taken between the 1950s and early 1970s. This was the era when conventional cargo ships plied the waters, and people headed overseas still boarded passenger liners instead of aircraft. Included are large ocean going ships and smaller coastal traders, ferries, service vessels, ports large and small, and wharf scenes redolent with the atmosphere of the time before containerisation changed everything.
    Many of the ships are British, as can be expected in the period when over 40 percent of New Zealand's foreign trade was with the 'old country', but ships from several other countries are represented also.
    The author was a merchant seaman for 12 years before becoming the Exhibitions Officer at the Wellington Maritime Museum and more recently Manager of the Cable Car Museum, and has written the three volume history of New Zealand fishing vessels 'Nets Lines and Pots', as well as an account of the tragic sinking of the Lyttelton to Wellington ferry Wahine in 1968.

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    WANGANELLA AND THE AUSTRALIAN TRANS-TASMAN LINERS.
    By Peter Plowman. Paperback, 210mm x 286mm, 188 pages, black & white photographs.
    This book tells the story of the trans-Tasman shipping service from the days of the earliest steam ship service to the liner Wanganella's last voyage to New Zealand in 1963.
    The only Australian company to maintain a service across the Tasman Sea was Huddart Parker, who survived numerous attempts by the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand to drive them off the route in the early days. Eventually the two agreed to share the route in several co-operative agreements.
    In 1961 Huddart Parker Limited ended their interest in the Tasman trade when the company was sold, but Wanganella continued to operate to New Zealand for McIlwraith, McEacharn Limited.

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    MIGRANT SHIPS to Australia and New Zealand 1900 - 1939.
    By Peter Plowman. Softback, 210mm x 285mm, 192 pages, black and white photos.
    This book examines those ships and shipping companies that transported migrants to Australia and New Zealand from 1900 to 1939, the outbreak of World War II; where they were built, by whom, their tonnage, dimensions, service speed and propulsion, when and where they were launched and the history of their migrant-carrying voyages.

    Peter Plowman is a Sydney-based maritime historian and author with several books published over four decades.

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    ALL AT SEA. Stories of New Zealand Seafarers.
    By Emmanuel Makarios. Hardback, 1.05kg, 215mm X 303mm, 193 pages, Full colour photographs. Published 2017

    Accounts of life at sea around the New Zealand Coast and in other parts of the Globe by sixteen men and women whose occupations and duties ranged from Deck boy, Able Seaman, Engineer, Purser, Steward, Pilot to Captain.

    Maritime historian Emmanuel Makarios, himself a former Seaman, has written their stories as given to him in interviews. Together, the stories recount the days when men and women chose a career at sea as a means of seeing the World and experience adventure.

    Each chapter is lavishly illustrated with colour and black and white photos which give a glimpse into the once romantic and colourful days of seafaring in New Zealand.

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    SUBRITZKY SHIPPING 1843-1993. A Heritage of Sail.
    By M.R.G. Subtitzky. Softcover, .75kg, 210mm X 298mm, 176 pages, Black & White photographs.
    This commemorative edition, published in 1993, and still available, celebrates the seafaring history of one of New Zealand's earliest pioneering families and records the Maritime history of New Zealand's oldest privately owned shipping company.

    "Subritzky Shipping' is a photographic record of the many and varied shipping interests and ventures that members of the Subritzky Family have involved themselves with over the last century and a half. Not only a book with valuable photographic images of New Zealand Coastal Maritime Shipping History, but also a book to appeal to anyone with an interest in maritime history.

    Included in this book are the full historys of three Subritzky ships historic to the New Zealand coast. The auxiliary schooner Greyhound, the ketch rigged scow Jane Gifford and the threee masted schooner Isabel. The Greyhound and Jane Gifford are included as they are intrinsically linked to the Subritzky Family, and the history of the Isabel is included as no records of this vessel could be found at the time of publishing.

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    PRODUCT TANKERS.
    By Nick Tolerton & Michael Pryce. Hardback, 1.37 kg, 220mm x 310mm, 256 pages. Colour photos. Published 2016

    This book by well-known New Zealand maritime writers Nick Tolerton and Captain Michael Pryce is the first history of a major segment of shipping, the Product Tankers which bring fuel to New Zealand's ports and to ports around the world. It includes a chapter on the history of New Zealand's coastal tankers with many photographs of them from the first, Paua of 1927, to the latest, Matuku, which went into service this year.

    As well as the fascinating and little known story of New Zealand's tanker services, it includes a comprehensive history of product tankers from the World War Two standard-designs through the classic post-war tankers to the first pure product tanker designs, the innovative tankers of the late 1960s, the 1970s, and 1980s, and the sophisticated product and chemical carriers of today. It also includes many fascinating reminiscences from New Zealand seafarers, the history of Shell's and BP product carrier fleets, and chapters on ice navigation and tankers at war, including Vietnam and the Falklands.

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    BLUE STAR LINE. A FLEET HISTORY.
    By Tony Atkinson. Hardback, 1.75 kg, 305mm x 216mm, 304 pages. Colour and Black & white photos. Published 2014
    Blue Star Line was one of the most prominent and best loved of British liner companies. In its heyday it operated some of the world’s finest cargo liners, whose majestic appearance was enhanced by highly distinctive funnel colours. Blue Star ships had a distinguished record during the Second World War, their involvement in some of its most hard fought campaigns resulting in the sinking of no fewer than 21 of their owned ships.

    This book includes all ships owned, including those of subsidaries and joint ventures, plus vessels chartered, managed or operated by Blue Star.

    Profusely illustrated with hundreds of colour and black & white photographs. This is a true record, and history of the Blue Star Line.

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    NINETY PERCENT OF EVERYTHING.
    By Rose George. Paperback, 0.24 kg, 140mm x 210mm, black and white images. 2014
    Inside shipping, the invisible industry that puts clothes on your back, gas in your car, food on your plate.

    On ship-tracking websites, the waters are black with dots. Each dot is a ship; each ship is laden with boxes; each box is laden with goods. In postindustrial economies, we no longer produce but buy. We buy, so we must ship. Without shipping there would be no clothes, food, paper, or fuel. Without all those dots, the world would not work.

    Freight shipping has been no less revolutionary than the printing press or the Internet, yet it is all but invisible. Away from public scrutiny, shipping revels in suspect practices, dubious operators, and a shady system of “flags of convenience.” Infesting our waters, poisoning our air, and a prime culprit of acoustic pollution, shipping is environmentally indefensible. And then there are the pirates.

    Rose George, acclaimed chronicler of what we would rather ignore, sails from Rotterdam through Suez to Singapore on ships the length of football fields and the height of Niagara Falls; she patrols the Indian Ocean with an anti-piracy task force; she joins seafaring chaplains, and investigates the harm that ships are inflicting on on endangered whales.

    Ninety Percent of Everything reveals the workings and perils of an unseen world that holds the key to our economy, our environment, and our very civilization.

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    DEEP SEA AND FOREIGN GOING.
    By Rose George. Small Format Paperback, 0.23 kg, 130mm x 198mm, black and white photos.
    This is the small format of the previously released (hardback and trade paperback). The world of container shipping, the hidden industry without which we'd all be sunk. There are 100,000 freighters on the seas. Between them they carry nearly everything we eat, wear and work with, but this is an industry that remains obscured from view, until a wreck or spill puts it briefly into the spotlight. Stunning and detailed investigative journalism. A very human account of long sea journeys, the lonliness, the fears and the magic moments. The little known world of container shipping is revealed, with all its accompanying beauty, privation, pathos, greed, tragedy and hilarity. Compelling reading. This edition is a good pocket sized format.

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    BULK CARRIERs - The Ocean Cinderellas.
    By Nick Tolerton. Hardback, 220mm X 303mm, 192 pages, black & white photographs.
    Bulk carriers are the vital but unheralded cogs in world trade, carrying three billion tonnes of cargo a year including the shipments of ore, grain, and coal on which the world depends for steel and metal manufacturing, food production, and power generation.
    This book looks at the evolution of the dry bulk carrier, the different types, the operators from famous giants like P&O and Cunard to anonymus one-ship companies in Piraeus and Hong Kong, and representative voyages.
    It also examines the hidden cost of their contribution to world trade - the scandalous toll of ships (usually operated under flags of convenience) and seafarers lost which have raised more questions about thier intrinsic seaworthiness.
    More than 200 bulk carriers are illustrated, ranging through the earlier vessels from Britain and Western European shipyards to the Japanese, Korean, and Chinese designs which dominate this sector of shipping today.
    Hundreds of books have been written about the Titanic. This is the first book to cover the development through five decades of a ship-type which makes up a third of the world's oceangoing fleet by gross tonnage.

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    STEAM TITANS
    By William M Fowler. Hardback. 0.68 kg, 358 Pages Colour & Black / White Photos. Published 2017.
    The story of the epic contest between shipping magnates Samuel Cunard and Edward Collins for mid-19th century control of the Atlantic.

    Between 1815 and the American Civil War, the greatest invention of the Industrial Revolution delivered a sea change in oceanic transportation. Steam travel transformed the Atlantic into a pulsating highway, dominated by ports in Liverpool and New York, as steamships ferried people, supplies, money, and information with astounding speed and regularity. American raw materials flowed eastward, while goods, capital, people, and technology crossed westward. The Anglo-American “partnership” fueled development worldwide; it also gave rise to a particularly intense competition.

    Steam Titans tells the story of a transatlantic fight to wrest control of the globe's most lucrative trade route. Two men--Samuel Cunard and Edward Knight Collins--and two nations wielded the tools of technology, finance, and politics to compete for control of a commercial lifeline that spanned the North Atlantic. The world watched carefully to see which would win. Each competitor sent to sea the fastest, biggest, and most elegant ships in the world, hoping to earn the distinction of being known as “the only way to cross.”

    Historian William M. Fowler brings to life the spectacle of this generation-long struggle for supremacy, during which New York rose to take her place among the greatest ports and cities of the world, and recounts the tale of a competition that was the opening act in the drama of economic globalization, still unfolding today.

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    A TASMAN TRIO.
    By Andrew Bell and Murray Robinson. Hardcover, 215mm x 304mm, 104 pages, monochrome photos.
    A Tasman Trio: Wanganella - Awatea - Monowai brings to lovers of good books the fascinating lives of the three best-remembered passenger liners that linked Australia and New Zealand in the golden era of sea travel, before the modern airline industry came on the scene. Sunlit promenade decks, cocktails in the First Class lounge, invitations to the captain's table, tennis on the sports deck, dining saloons with the finest haute cuisine, cruising the Fiordland sounds, streamers and "All Ashore!" on sailing day. The story of these three ships through the exigencies of war and the uncerainties of peace is told in a wealth of photos many of which have never been published before, all of them sourced from major collections in New Zealand and from around the world, including the publisher's own extensive archives.
    This book includes 189 black and white photos plus two maps, deck plans of each ship and paintings in colour.

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    THOSE IN PERIL.
    By Ian Cook. Hardback, 1.46kg, 187mm x 256mm, 338 pages, black and white photos. Published in 2010.
    This story covers fifty-six years of maritime history, from the last six months of the second world war until the year 2002.
    In December 1944, a young Scot began a seagoing career with one of Britain's oldest shipping companies. Alfred Holt & Company, the Blue Funnel Line of Liverpool, which took him around the globe to many remote places.
    From the Molucca Islands in Indonesia, to Matadi, one hundred miles up the Congo in Africa, to the creeks and thousand islands of Burma and Thailand, to New York, Sydney, Tokyo, Hamburg, Broome in West Australia, Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; to Shanghai, Yokohama and to little known parts of North Borneo; around the Pacific Islands and finally to New Zealand.
    After 14 years at sea, he began a new career as a marine pilot, which lasted for forty-two years, piloting ships in Penang Malaysia, three New Zealand harbours and in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
    Fifty-six years after boarding his first ship, Ian retired from the position of Harbour Master/Pilot in the port of Gisborne, Poverty Bay - where his namesake Captain James Cook first set foot on New Zealand soil.
    During this long and varied career, Ian experienced North Atlantic convoys in wartime, a hurricane off the coast of Florida, survived three hours in shark infested waters in Lagos, Nigeria, witnessed a murder in the Celebes and tracked a tiger in Malaysia.
    He played golf in unusual circumstances, with the sound of machineguns and mortar fire coming from an attack by Karen rebels in Moulmein, Burma, and then, in Labuan, North Borneo, found himself in the middle of an American 'invasion'.
    This book is an autobiography that will capture not only those with a love of the sea but also anyone who enjoys a well-told story of a life lived to the full.

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