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  • Reflections, Connections and Memories
  • The Ships of Omaha
  • The Era of Coastal Shipping in New Zealand
  • Vehicular Ferries of Auckland. The Floating Bridge
  • Catlins Bound
  • Square Rigged Sailing Ships Visiting Nelson. 1841-1914
  • 150 Years of New Zealand Shipbuilding
  • Home Boats
  • Ships Of Wellington
  • New Zealand Maritime Images - The Golden Years
  • All at Sea

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    By Robert J Hawkins. Limp back, 215mm x 305mm, 83 pages, full colour and Black & White photos with Art Reproductions. 2021 0.49kg

    Through the watercolours, Pen and Ink drawings and Photographs of Clifford W Hawkins.

    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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    By Carol & James Ramage. Limp back, 210mm x 297mm (A4), 165 pages, full colour and sepia photos and drawings.
    This book describes origins of the principle builders, the Meiklejohn family, and the scows and early sailing vessels and the environment in which they were built and operated in the Omaha vicinity. Omaha is in the north west corner of the Hauraki Gulf, north of Kawau Island.
    The vessels described feature those built by the principle shipbuilding families, the Meiklejohns, Darrochs, Mathesons, and also other builds. One of the authors - Carol Ramage - is the great grandaughter of Septimus Meiklejohn, which was a major motivation for producing the book.
    The presentation is lavish with many pictures of the ships and their surroundings, full colour, original sepia and black and white photographs, and colour reproductions of paintings. The book is very well priced. The histories of vessels are detailed and the narrative will be absorbing to anyone having an interest in the area, and in general of coastal trade by sailing vessel in New Zealand.

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    By Murray Jennings. Hardback, 197mm x 266mm, 193 pages, monochrome photographs.
    For many years the transport of goods between New Zealand towns was done by ships which would voyage from one port to another. Gradually as roads improved this trade died. The introduction of the inter-island roll-on roll-off ferries in 1962 finally killed most coastal trade. Many small ports simply ceased to operate and with them went a whole era of New Zealand social and maritime history.
    This book presents the stories of some of those who worked on ships and the history of the port of Raglan is presented as an illustrative example of a coastal port that no longer exists as such. The bulk of the book is a presentation of all the motor ships that operated between 100 and 1600 tonnes with illustrations, specifications and a brief history.

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    By David Balderston. Softback,0.88 kg, 210mm x 298mm, 235 pages, black and white images. Published 2016.
    Over 50 years ago the completed Auckland Harbour Bridge made obsolete in an afternoon those (7) in number, vehicular ferry boats that had plied the harbour since 1910. Though a way of life and employment was lost for their crews, to the general public, the passing of the "vekulars" went unlamented.. Nowadays these Ferry Boats, so unique to Auckland, are only a dim memory: with the only 'customers' who experienced them now being rather elderly....

    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...

    NZ$65.00 + Delivery.

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    CATLINS BOUND. William McPhee's Southern-Built Sailing Ships, New Zealand 1860-1870s.
    By Mike McPhee. Paperback with flaps, 170mm x 240mm, 262 pages, colour and monochrome photographs and a CD of music by The Maritime Crew.
    In 1856 William McPhee finished his shipbuilding apprenticeship in Canada, signed on board a sailing ship, and set out to see the world. A year or two later he arrived in southern New Zealand and began working his trade. This is the story of the ships he built on Stewart Island and in the Catlins.
    His ketches and schooners delivered timber and general cargo to villages and towns around New Zealand. They battled through both Foveaux and Cook Straits; storms accompanied them and dangerous river entrances awaited them. The Nora, Eliza Simpson, Jane Hannah, Owake and Catlin served for years before the unforgiving sea claimed them and their brave crewmen. Two of his smaller vessels, the Anna and the Jane ventured into the Southern Ocean and somehow survived the sub-Antarctic. His biggest ship, the John Bullock, traded regularly from Melbourne to Hokitika and was finally lost in Northern New South Wales.

    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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    By P.D. Raggett. Softback. 210mm x 295mm, 237 pages, 0.64kg Black & White Images and line Drawings. Updated Edition 2004.
    This is a meticulously researched book of every sailing ship that visited Nelson between 1841 and 1914. Including passenger lists, ship construction details and photos drawings of the ships.

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    By Miles Hughes, Second Edition. Published in 2014.

    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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    HOME BOATS The Ships that Made New Zealand and Their Seafarers
    By Nick Tolerton. Hardback, 1.61kg, 218mm X 305mm, 330 pages, Full colour photographs. 2021

    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.

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    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.

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