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The discovery of the vessel after so many years has brought to light one of the best preserved vessels of that age and type in the Southern hemisphere.
As to Kirkwood himself, he is indeed a fascinating character with an unusual personality. He has left many descendants in New Zealand and possibly Australia the USA and elsewhere! This is a short biography of the owner of the schooner Daring and other vessels. Don Armitage has researched the life of David Kirkwood and in Don's own words, this is a work in progress.
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Widely acknowledged as an accomplished researcher and writer, Fred has meticulously melded archival records with his personal acquaintance with characters and vessels of the era.
From 1841 to 1925 Blind Bay (Tasman Bay) was serviced by a “mosquito fleet” of sea going little ships, amiable known as hookers. Some were even built form the bush, as small as 30 feet in length. All were able to discharge and load cargoes on beaches and in estuaries.
For the NZ Land Company settlers, struggling in difficult terrain, these ships were their lifeline.
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Amongst the collection of books, photographs, and negatives of the Hawkins family home were a selection of watercolours
and pen and ink drawings completed by the Late Clifford J Hawkins. In most cases the paintings and sketches were completed prior to WWII, dating back some 80 years or so,and
it was left to one of his sons (Bob) to undertake the task of sorting through the material...
The result has formed the basis of this book.
Reflections, Connections and Memories, aptly sums up this historical collection and the association behind the images and artwork. While some deterioration, (due to the ravages of time and inadequate storage), has occured, the selection of images and the anecdotes and stories behind them, illustrate the multi-talented skill of the Artist, and a look back into a different time.
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This book provides a record of every ship and vessel which has served as a public passenger or cargo ferry between Wellington and the South Island ports of Lyttelton,
Picton and Nelson over the often stormy waters of Cook Strait since the late 19th century.
It details every ship, even those which made only one voyage, and explores the experiences of travelling and working on them.
Profiles examine the ports, companies, onshore facilities, connecting boat trains, and the Wahine shipwreck.
Lavishly illustrated with many historic scenes, documents and portraits of the ships, this book is an essential addition to the library of anyone interested in New Zealand Maritime Heritage
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Nevertheless, these interesting and peculiar little ships, designed for utility rather than beauty, served the Harbour well.
It was their inadequacies that made the Harbour Bridge a reality, which in turn changed the face of Auckland and brought the North Shore a step closer to their Southern neighbours...
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There were few navigation aids in those days and all coastal vessels had near-misses or strandings; only good luck, sturdy construction and a skilled captain could save a ship that got into trouble - captains like Stephen Tall, Bill Hanning, Daniel Mcphaiden, Edward Tonge, Roert Norman, Alexander Purdie, James Tunbridge, Roderick Currie, Otto Arndt, John Mason and Charles Hayward.
You will meet the ships, and the captains - good ships and good seaman, they knew their business well.
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The first European ship to be built with New Zealand timbers was the Fancy, built in Sydney in 1893. A year prior to that,a group of deserted sealers began construction of the first European-built vessel in New Zealand. This schooner was ultimately launched in 1795.
European settlement of New Zealand began with traders establishming 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.
This (Second Edition) of the book lists more than 1,200 New Zealand Shipbuilders, Shipwrights and boatbuilders, including their biographies and the names and specifications of over 5,600 vessels. The various types of vessels built during this 150 year period include: dinghies, pinnaces, whaleboats, Maori war canoes, ships boats, gigs. barges, punts, dandys, luggers, open sail boats, cutters, ketches, galliots, schooners, topsail schooners, brigs, brigantines, barques, barquentines, fully rigged ships, yawls, scows, dredges, floating cranes, naval patrol boats, tugs, minesweepers and a sbmarine, oli launches, maotor launches and yachts of all types.
A valuable source of information on New Zealand's maritime history, and for anyone seeking vessel history,or biographical and ancestestoral history.
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The story of the magnificent passenger and cargo ships that made New Zealand – and the colourful characters who manned them.
Masters, engineers, deck officers, radio operators, seamen, cadets, shore staff and passengers talked to maritime historian Nick Tolerton for this brilliantly illustrated book, full of salty tales of adventures at sea and ashore, war, storms, smuggling, eccentric characters, and fun and misadventures in port.
Special features include harrowing excerpts from the previously unpublished diary of a passenger on New Zealand’s worst immigrant ship on which 44 people died on the voyage to New Zealand and the recollections of New Zealand’s last Cape Horner.
This fascinating story of the golden age of seafaring is complemented by 400 photographs, most of them previously unpublished.
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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.
NZ$45.00 + Delivery
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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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.
NZ$50.00 + Delivery
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