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  • There Was a Ship [The Story of Her Years at Sea] – Patsy Adam-Smith AO OBE

    There Was a Ship [The Story of Her Years at Sea] – Patsy Adam-Smith AO OBE

    A new edition softcover published by Penguins in 1995, 284 pages, Illustrations from period photographs. paper showing a little age otherwise a very good copy.

    Born in Victoria and spending some of her mature years in Tasmania patsy Adam-Smith had a pretty full life. This is her second autobiographical work focusing on her time at sea. During WWI she had been a nurse on a Hospital ship. This book is about her time in the Bass Strait and in and around the coastal waters of Australia. It features the tough life of those that live and work on the Bass Strait’s Island and particularly the Cape Barren Islands and the mutton bird trade.

    A special Australian sailor … and the mutton birds.

    $20.00

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  • Blown Away [Six Years Sailing in the Pacific] – Herb Payson

    Blown Away [Six Years Sailing in the Pacific] – Herb Payson

    A new edition softcover published by Sheridan House in 1995, 252 pages, in super condition.

    Herb and Nancy Payson give up the nightclubs of Los Angeles and in a 36 foot ketch spend the next six years plus with their family in the Pacific. Adventure ensues, and not without some difficulties. They tried to settle down afterwards in Maine but not for long before they were back permanently under sail. An easy going narrative live and in the moment.

    Payson’s in the Pacific leading a perfect sailing life …

    $25.00

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  • Lost at Sea [The Loss of the Americus and Altair] – Patrick Dillon

    Lost at Sea [The Loss of the Americus and Altair] – Patrick Dillon

    Published by Touchstone in 2000. Softcover 264 pages, plus some addenda including a useful reading guide.

    The true story of the loss of the crabbing vessels Americus and Altair in the Bearing Sea in 1983. The Americus was found all crew lost the Altair never to be found. All up fourteen men lost the worst disaster in US commercial history. Well researched and sympathetically written.

    Described as a better read than a Perfect Storm … it really happened.

    SO SORRY SOLD

    $20.00

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  • Titanic Survivor – the Memoirs of Violet Jessop Stewardess – Maxtone-Graham

    Titanic Survivor – the Memoirs of Violet Jessop Stewardess – Maxtone-Graham

    First edition Australian edition, softcover published by Boronia Press in 1998. 237 pages illustrated from original photographs. A pretty good copy.

    Who said life could be dull as a ships stewardess. Violet Jessop not only survived the Titanic but also the sinking of the Hospital Ship Britannic in WWII … which she records as more horrifying.

    Written in a free flowing easy style makes the book a pleasure to read.

    In this case bad things come in two’s – big two’s

    $25.00

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  • A Voyage for Madmen [Golden Globe Race] – Peter Nicholls

    A Voyage for Madmen [Golden Globe Race] – Peter Nicholls

    First edition softcover published by Harper in 2001. 301 pages plus list of “sources and permissions”, nicely illustrated from original photographs. A very good copy.

    This is the story of the infamous Golden Globe Race when nine individuals competed to complete the fastest single handed race around the world. The outcome was not good bar for one. Some were novices or near so at the time and would go on to become masters of the craft.

    The individuals were John Ridgway, Chay Blyth, Robin Knox-Johnston, Bernard Moitessier, Loick Gourgeron, Bill King, Nigel Tetley, Alex Carozzo and Donald Crowhurst. The book brilliantly takes one through the adventures, disasters and accomplishments of each.

    Nine good men at the helm – alone

    $25.00

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  • Riddle of the Titanic –  Robon Gardiner & Dan Van der Vat

    Riddle of the Titanic – Robon Gardiner & Dan Van der Vat

    Published by Weidenfield and Nicolson, London in 1995 a first edition soft cover. 312 pages, nicely illustrated. A very good copy.

    Regarded as one of the more thorough Titanic books, with much about the before and aftermath. Written in the context of the finding of the wreck ..

    Questions remain unanswered … Why was the man at the helm when she hit the iceberg packed off to South Africa? … Why did her reluctant Chief Officer still feel uneasy about a ship on which he had never sailed before … and, Why did one of her stewards “wish the bally ship at the bottom of the sea”?

    Titanic well researched and written …

    $25.00

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