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Under the Red Sea

By Hans Heinrich Romulus Hass

Jarrolds - London, 1953. Less than 500g, many many photos & 2 maps, 208 pp. Dr. Hans Hass is one of the true pioneers of recreational diving and one of the earliest exponents of underwater still photography and cinematography. His many diving expeditions, which commenced in 1938, took him to the Red Sea and the Great Barrier Reef. Hass organised an expedition to the Carbbean in 1939, and in eight months shot some 4000 photographs. He became a student of zoology at the University of Vienna, and continued to raise money for further expeditions, assisted by the publication of his first book in 1939.. Hard Boards. Very Good/No Jacket. 21.5cm.


MODERN MARLINSPIKE SEAMANSHIP - Knots, Splices, Cordage, Terminals and Rigging

By MACLEAN, William P

Bobbs-Merrill, 1979. MODERN MARLINSPIKE SEAMANSHIP - Knots, Splices, Cordage, Terminals and Rigging by MACLEAN is some 224pp & over 500g. Blue cloth with gilt titling. The elements and practice of rigging and seamanship Illustrated for budding Captain Haddocks.. Hard Boards. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Alphonse Tvaryanas. 26.5cm.


NSS Cavern Diving Manual

By John L. Zumerick; Joseph Prosser; H. V. Grey

The Cave Diving Section of the National Speleological society, Inc, 1988. The NSS Cavern Diving Manual by John L. Zumerick; Joseph Prosser; H. V. Grey is 121pp & less than 500g to post. How to down & come back up, as opposed to "how to go missing presumed drowned"; seriously though - lots of sound instruction. . Softcover. Very Good/None issued. Illus. by Wayne McKinnon & H. V. Grey. 21.5cm.


Boat building techniques Illustrated

By Birmingham, Richard

UK: Adlard Coles Ltd, London, 1985. Sound woodworking skills are essential when building a boat from scratch or just completing a hull, whether it is made of steel, aluminum, GRP or any form of wooden construction. This highly illustrated book will help any aspiring boat builder decide what materials and tools to use and how to use them. Richard Birmingham's classic text covers the wide range of techniques and skills needed when constructing a boat, from interpreting the plans to hints on working different types of timbers. He answers many of those puzzling questions which need to be solved in a refreshingly clear and direct manner. this book will prove an invaluable reference to the home builder or newly trained apprentice in a fitting out yard. dj spine sunned, 312pp, 1 kg to post. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. 25 Cm.


Voyage to Desolation Island

By Kauffmann, Jean-Paul

Harvill Press, 2001. Voyage to Desolation Island by Jean-Paul Kauffmann - Kauffmann, the author and literary explorer, follows in the footsteps of the eighteenth-century sailor Yves-Joseph Kerguelen, who gave his name to the archipelago he discovered in the southern Indian Ocean. It remains part of the French Southern and Antarctic Territories. When he made his discover, Kerguelen was convinced he had found Hell and could not bring himself to go ashore. It was left to Captain Cook two years later to set foot on the principal landmass, to name it Desolation Island and its grey beach Christmas Harbour, and to describe the towering black arch that would later astound every sailor who saw it. Where better than in this isolated spot to plumb the depths of one's own solitude? A truly desolate place, littered with the abandoned, wind-and-rain-lashed remnants of failed expeditions; its weather treacherous, capricious, unforgiving. But there are those who have adapted to the harsh conditions of Desolation Island as successfully as its unique flora and fauna. Why are there so many scientists here? What are they up to? And what is the shadow hanging over the reputation of Yves-Joseph Kerguelen? How did he disgrace himself? These are but some of the questions Kauffmann asks as he explores one of the loneliest points on the globe in his own quest to see for himself and famous arch of Kerguelen. 177 crisp pp & less than 500g to post.. Hardcover. Excellent/Very Good/Very Good. 22.5cm.


CONRAD MARTENS Journal of a Voyage from England to Australia 1833-35

By Organ Michael Transcript By

Australia: State Library of NSW Press, 1994. This is the recorded Journal of Conrad Martens and transcripted by Michael Organ. Conrad Martens describes his voyage from England to Australia via South America and the Pacific Islands aboard HMS Hyacinth, Indus, HMS Beagle, Peruvian and Black Warrior. . 1st Thus. Card Cover. Very Good. 29cm.


Captain Bligh and Mr Christian: The Men and the Mutiny

By Hough, Richard

USA: E.p. Dutton & Co. Inc, New York, 1973. 320pp, mapped endpapers & more than 500g to post. The Bounty set out in 1788 to transport breadfruit from Tahiti to the West Indies as a cheap source of food for slaves. But the combination of the tough discipline of Bligh and the attractions of life in the South Sea Islands drove Fletcher Christian and part of the crew to mutiny, and Bligh along with those loyal to him were set adrift in the ship's launch. Their remarkable 3,600-mile, open-boat voyage to Timor is one of the great feats of navigation, while the story of the mutineers' discovery of the uninhabited island of Pitcairn and their attempt to fashion a community away from the pursuing ships of the Royal Navy is as tense as it is horrific. This drama of mutiny, courage, remarkable voyages, human deceit and treachery, first published in 1972, provides an account of this episode of maritime history.. 1st. Hardcover. Very Good/Good/No Jacket. 24.5cm.



By Rice E.E. Edited By

Sutton Publishing, UK, 1996. This well researched and presented text brings together distinguished experts in the fields of maritime archaeology, ancient history and modern history to provide a unique overview of the relationship between man and the sea from Roman times to the present day. Inscription in front, book includes photographs, maps, line drawings, graphs and a comprehensive index.. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 24 Cm. Book Weighs Over 500gms.


Find 'Em, Chase 'Em, Sink 'Em: The Mysterious Loss of the WWII Submarine USS Gudgeon

By Ostlund, Mike

USA: Lyons Press, 2012. 524pp including a photo section, 800g for post, faults? v. small corner crease. In April 1944, the highly decorated submarine USS Gudgeon slipped beneath the waves in one of the most dangerous patrol areas in the most dangerous military service during World War II. Neither the Gudgeon nor the crew were ever seen again. Author Mike Ostlund's "Uncle Bill" was aboard the ship as a lieutenant junior grade. Through extensive research of patrol reports in U.S. and Japanese naval archives, interviews with veterans who had served abroad the Gudgeon before its final patrol, and the personal effects of the lost men's relatives, Ostlund has assembled the most accurate account yet of this remarkably successful submarine's exploits, of the men abroad, from steward to captain, and of what we know about her demise. Through these stories we experience the excitement of first sighting, then closing in on an enemy ship, and the seconds ticking away as the crew awaits the detonation of torpedoes. We hear the groans of collapsing bulkheads through the hull of the submarine, then the eerie cry of inch-thick steel as it is rent apart. The swish-swish-swish of a Japanese destroyer's attack approach. The thundercrack of exploding depth charges between muttered prayers and anguished, flinching anticipation where the crew, all equal in peril now, must sit absolutely still and take the punishment as they suppress the urge to do something, anything. We also share the anguish of the girls they left behind when they learned the ship was lost; and of the memories and life lessons of the young men who went to sea abroad Gudgeon before its last patrol knowing hardly anything, and coming home having seen too much. The book recounts the mysterious disappearance of the USS Gudgeon in April 1944.. Softcover. Very Good/None issued. 23 Cm.


The Singlehanders

By Heaton, Peter

Michael Joseph, 1976. 208pp with photos maps throughout, more than 500g to post. The book naturally enough chronicles the experiences and techniques of the lone voyagers who choose to confront the loneliness & dangers of the vast blue sea.. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 25 Cm.



By Kemp, Ross

Michael Joseph, 2009. 237pp with two photo sections, over 500g for posting. Pirates have been around as long as people have used the oceans as trade routes, and their reign on the world's high seas has inspired many a novelist. But the type of pirate Ross Kemp is investigating now is a world away from the cutlass-and-peg-leg stereotype of Treasure Island and Pirates of the Caribbean. The corsairs he meets in Somalia, Indonesia and Nigeria are armed with AK47 assault rifles, RPG-7 rocket launchers and semi-automatic pistols. They race towards their targets in speed-boats and board and capture vessels in a flash. They are violent, dangerous and ruthless - they will stop at nothing to get the ransoms they have demanded. Piracy is becoming an increasingly serious problem that is not going away. As the pirates he meets stretch their operations ever further to new hunting grounds, Kemp finds out, often to his cost, how much of a force to be reckoned with they are.. Hardcover. Excellent/Excellent. 24 Cm.


Civil War Sea Battles: Seafights and Shipwrecks in the War Between the States

By Miller, Edward Stokes

USA: Combined Books, 1995. Civil War Sea Battles: Seafights and Shipwrecks in the War Between the States by Miller is just a whisker over 500g & 252 pages, green paper over black cloth, gilt spine titling. bw photos & line art throughout. Unknown to the general public, detailed logbooks of most Civil War vessels have survived and now lie in the National Archives. Using research from these and other official records, the author has written detailed accounts of the most important events in Civil War maritime history, including battles, amphibious assaults, shipwrecks, court-martials, and even the yellow fever epidemics of 1862 and 1864.. Hardcover. Excellent/No Jacket. 23.5cm.


Here Comes the Alabama

By Bradlow, Edna & Frank

Southern University Press, 1958. 128pp & less than 500g to post. reviewer says >>> The Alabama was a Confederate warship that single-handedly harassed the fleet of Yankee ships trading all over the world during the American Civil War, sinking many of them. In 1863, she docked in Cape Town, and her crew was feted by the city's inhabitants. This visit made such an impact that a song, still sung today in Afrikaans, was composed by the 'Cape Coloureds'. This small volume, available only from second-hand dealers, describes the visit of the Alabama, and her fate subsequently. This book is one of the reasons that I have become fascinated in reading about the American South after the Civil War, and South Africa after the 2nd Boer War. In both cases, a white population was forced to react to a defeat, which sought to challenge their deluded feelings of racial supremacy.. Hardcover. Excellent/No Jacket. 21cm.


All at sea on land: and First Lady ten years on

By Cottee, Kay

Random House, 1998. 292pp, 2 photo sections, 750g to post. On 5 June 1988, Kay Cottee fulfilled her childhood dream - to become the first woman in history to complete a solo, nonstop and unassisted sailing voyage around the world. Now, a decade on, Kay candidly fills in the details of her life since that historic achievement, painting an inspiring portrait of one of Australia's greatest women. Kay's book has been written to answer many of the questions she is constantly asked as she criss-crosses Australia and the world to tell of her remarkable voyage. She recounts the funny, exciting and sad stories that come with life in the public eye, and her profound love for the country that gave her the chance to reach for the stars, and of her passions away from the water - painting and sculpting - and the joys of marriage and motherhood.. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 24cm.


Illustrated History of Seaplanes and Flying Boats

By Casey, Louis & Batchelor, John

Hamlyn, 1980. 128 well-illustrated pp, one kilo to post. Long before the concept of the aircraft runway was realised, those aircraft which forged original air routes around the globe had no option but to land on water. The very first aircraft to take off from water, however, did so as early as 1910 in France after which the idea spread and it was not long before a variety of hull designs appeared throughout the world. In this work, we find a fascinating history of the Seaplane and the larger variety which became known as Flying Boats. In addition we learn of the progress in design brought about by the Schneider Trophy races in addition to that shown by the military with recoverable spotter planes being used long before the advent of the Aircraft Carrier.. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 30.5cm.


The Royal Navy in Australia 1900-2000

By Gillett, Ross & Jeffrey, Vic

UK: Maritime Books, 2002. Hardcover, 28w X 21h, 128 crisp white pp, 900g for posting. A stunning collection of over 120 full page photographs, together with extended captions, of Royal Navy warships operating in and around Australia throughout the last century.. Hardcover. Excellent/Excellent. 21.5cm.


ALMA DOEPEL The History of An Australian Schooner 1903-1975

By McDonell Captain Ralph

R. McDonell Australia Signed by Ships captain and dated 1990. Book is in very good condition with plastic sleeve for protection. The "Alma Doepel" was built of timber from the forests of the Bellinger Valley in northern NSW, the design being sketched by Frederick Doepel on his kitchen table. The ship had a long history of trading in the waters of Bass Strait and the Tasman Sea as well as seeing the war out with the Australian Army. Rescued as a floating hulk in 1976 the Alma Doepel was restored to full seaworthiness and is used as a training vessel for Australia. Book includes many b/w photographs of historical interest and includes a list of crew, Army Service, Other ships mentioned in the book and an Index. Book is signed by Captain Michael R. Wood master of Alma Doepel and dated 1990.. Signed by Ships Captain. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 26cm.


A Manual of the Mollusca Being A Treatise on Recent and Fossil Shells

By Woodward, S.P.

London: Crosby, Lockwood and Co., 1880. A Manual of the Mollusca Being A Treatise on Recent and Fossil Shells - Fourth edition - With An Appendix of Recent and Fossil Conchological Discoveries by Ralph Tate. Faults? the first few pages are held by the barest thread. Masses of bw illustration, the book is paginated in sections, approx 5-600pp. On the spine is a remnant pasted, bookshop label?? . 4th Edition. Hardcover. Good/Fair/No Jacket. Illus. by Waterhouse, AN & Lowry, JW. 18cm.


Men of War: Courage Under Fire in the Nineteenth-century Navy

By Crane, David

UK: Harper Press, 2009. Men of War: Courage Under Fire in the Nineteenth-century Navy by David Crane is 480pp, 2 picture sections, 800g to post. Crane offers a unique portrait of the Royal Navy (through the lives of 3 sailors) at a time when it held unchallenged dominion over the world's oceans. reviewer says > A superbly researched work, this utilises contemporary accounts, private letters and official navy to look at the careers of three officers. The first, Frank Abney Hastings, is perhaps the most interesting, for, in the search for glory, action and battle after being sacked in disgrace over a row with superiors, he ended up commanding a steam ship in the defence of Greece - a strange end for a Royal Navy officer. The author builds a powerful case that Hastings transformed sea warfare in the age - his success in the hitherto untested steam boat, using the latest in firepower made the world sit up and take note. Prime Minister Robert Peel's son William and his glittering career had its defining moments on land, although he was a naval man, taking part in the horror of the Crimean war and tackling the Indian mutiny. In a book, ostensibly purely concerned with courage, James Goodenough is the joker in the pack, but knowing the original title makes his inclusion more logical. It was Goodenough who really tried to put into effect an `Empire with a conscience' policy, battling with authority for what he perceived as indigenous peoples' rights, only to die at the height of his powers, ironically from a native's poisoned arrow. All three represent the navy at its best - independence of thought, a strong sense of duty and incredible bravery under fire. The navy, of course represented Britain around the world, and by the time of Goodenough, the author shows it was beginning to recognise its moral as well as military roles. A cracking read about a fascinating time in history. . Hardcover. Excellent/Very Good/Very Good. 24cm.


Grey Funnel Lines Traditional Song & Verse of the Royal Navy 1900-1970

By Tawney, Cyril

UK: Routledge & Kegan Pau, 1987. Grey Funnel Lines Traditional Song & Verse of the Royal Navy 1900-1970 by Tawney is 177 pristine pp & a hornpipe under 500g to post. ‘The Grey Funnel Line’ is the sailors' nickname for the Royal Navy just as if it were another mercantile line. Tawney has a song by the same title, here's the first verse > Don't mind the rain or the rolling sea, The weary night never worries me. But the hardest time in sailor's day Is to watch the sun as it dies away. It's one more day on the Grey Funnel Line. The book is a compilation of one hundred fifteen Navy songs from the author's personal collection. And from the dj >> it has ... songs reflecting every aspect of life in the twentieth-century Royal Navy, both upper and lower deck: war, ship's routine, aviation, submarines, the antics of dockyard personnel, not to mention the matelot's shore-going adventures, both amorous and bibulous. review >>> The book is beautifully illustrated with anecdotes galore.. Hardcover. Excellent/Excellent. 24 Cm.


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