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  • Patanela is Missing [Sinking off Sydney] – Paul Whittaker and Robert Read – 1993

    Patanela is Missing [Sinking off Sydney] – Paul Whittaker and Robert Read – 1993

    Published by Bantam 1993, a first and only edition. Octavo paperback, 248 pages with maps and 16 pages of black and white plates. A very good copy.

    The investigative account of Australia’s greatest sea mystery.

    Patanela, a 19-metre schooner, vanished without trace approaching Sydney Harbour in November 1988. She was the sturdiest yachts afloat having completed Antarctic voyages and circumnavigated the globe. She was considered by those who sailed her, and by the man who built her, to be unsinkable. Constructed of steel with four watertight bulkheads, Patanela carried the latest safety and navigational equipment.

    There are few who believe she faltered on that calm November night, within sight of the lights of Botany Bay. There was no mayday call, no distress flares sighted, no debris, and no bodies as evidence of her sinking.

    Scarce account of one of Australia’s most curious sea mysteries.


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  • Shapes on the Wind [An Autobiography] – David Lewis

    Shapes on the Wind [An Autobiography] – David Lewis

    First edition paperback (only form) published by Harper, Australia in 2000. 258 pages with numerous illustrations from black and white and coloured photographs … some beauties. A very good, like new copy.

    David Lewis was born in England in 1917 and emigrated to New Zealand at an early age where his adventures started soon afterwards. He died two years after completing this autobiography having moved to Gympie in Queensland. There were many aspects to his life … sailing was in his blood. Famous for his Pacific voyages in an attempt to explain Polynesian migration and his Antarctic adventures in the Ice Bird and then the Solo.

    The quote from the cover – Sir Peter Blake “It [This Book] may encourage You to Change Your Life” is worth repeating as well as Lewis’s final words “PS. Am looking for a sound little cruising yacht, very cheap. Any offers?”

    David Lewis a life we can only wish for …



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  • Living on the Edge – Our Personal Antarctic Story – Yvonne Claypole

    Living on the Edge – Our Personal Antarctic Story – Yvonne Claypole

    First edition paperback (only form) published by Harper, Australia in 2001.Decorated covers. 262 pages, nice real photographs of goings on and the usual map. Surprisingly scarce and in great condition.

    The story of adventurous couple Yvonne and Jim Claypole who gave up the quiet life in Melbourne to live in “Gadget Hut” nearby Mawson’s Hut, Cape Denison for a full year. They managed scientific readings from Mawson’s Hut during the period.

    At 3.6 metres by 2.4 metres, Gadget Hut is no Hilton. Minus 33 Degrees in the “Dunny” called for swift action. Their winter boredom nearly got to them but cigars, fruit and the US papers from a passing US Military Scientist helped. A delightful and at times chilling narrative.

    Would you feel safe at Gadget Hut? … maybe the place to be!


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  • WWI Maritime and Travel Original Annotated Photograph Album – Over 180 Images

    WWI Maritime and Travel Original Annotated Photograph Album – Over 180 Images

    A most interesting collection spanning the years of WWI and shortly afterwards. Taken and compiled by a marine officer, over 180 original photographs, taken with some expertise, nicely presented in its original Morocco bound photograph album. The photographer has presented each photograph framing it within white borders and added very neatly in white a useful description.

    The condition of the photographs is good overall, a few are faded or marked in some way from the passage of time, others are crisp and clean. A few have been removed or fallen out and few are loose inside …we have not studied where they could go … the album is robust and showing minor age wear, the whole package is very presentable and more or less complete. We wish we knew the photographer … he was clearly officer material on the Orontes and had a wife and child … we have included his image as the “thumbnail” … does anyone know who he was …?

    The album can be split into two distinct periods. The first, before January 1919 being mainly onboard the HMT Orontes a vessel that plied the England – Australia route for the Orient line. With the outbreak of WWI, it became a troop carrier. The photographer appears to have also served on SS Derbyshire in a similar capacity. During this phase he took images of a number of famous vessels used in the war effort and numerous images of views, landmarks, architecture, and the people at various ports of call.

    The second element post January 1919 is devoted to a circumnavigation on SS Cufic which head across the Atlantic to Nova Scotia, down to the Panama Canal and across the Pacific to New Zealand and Australia, Durban, Cape Town, and Home.

    Photographs of vessels include … RMS Mauretania; Kaiseren Auguste Victoria [surrendered in 1919 and used to bring American troops home]; HMS Renown [in New York Harbour with the Prince of Wales on board]; HMS Carpathia [of Titanic rescue fame and later torpedoed and sunk]; RMS Pannonia; SS Explorer; SS Demosthenes [used to carry Australian troops]; HMS Sydney [in Colombo Harbour just after the sinking of the German Cruiser Emden]; SS Derbyshire [Colombo – Rangoon Line]; HMT Osterley; SS Cufic and HMT Orontes.

    Examples of the touring images include …

    The Flatiron (previously Fuller) skyscraper – New York
    Washington Arch – New York
    Statue of Liberty – New York
    Top of Woolworth Tower – New York
    5th Avenue – New York
    A Glimpse of Wall Street – New York
    Brooklyn Bridge and Williamsburg Bridge – New York
    Boston views
    The Citadel Quebec
    Main Street Gibraltar
    A “Blimp” convoying
    A Glimpse of the US army
    Panama Canal scenes
    On route to Calcutta
    Homeward bound in the Bay of Biscay
    Cinnamon Gardens Colombo
    Cape St Vincent – Portugal [Incorrectly described Spanish]
    Hindu Temple South India
    Colombo Harbour
    Ox waggon Rangoon Burma
    On the Temple steps – India
    Native of South India
    Children of North India
    Hindu dockworker
    The Pagoda Calcutta
    Burmese Shrine to the God Dagan
    The Schegadon Pagodas Rangoon
    The lake Rangoon
    A Burmese girl off to the well
    Anzac Day 1918 some fancy costumes
    Sierra Leone West Africa
    Leaving Table Bay HMS Britannia escorting
    South African troops on board – the first bugle call – “Cookhouse!”
    Scene in Native Quarter Durban
    Australian sheep Hamilton Victoria
    Sydney Zoo
    Wellington New Zealand
    Tahiti South Sea Islands
    Main Street Papeete
    Tahitian Friends
    Papeete from Crows Nest
    A Harbour view Tahiti
    A big dam Panama Canal
    Electric Mule Panama Canal
    Leaving Liverpool Jan 18, 1919 – “Bon Voyage” [a self portrait]
    The first port Louisbourg – Cape Breton Island [Nova Scotia]
    Snow scene St John Nova Scotia
    Lock gates and numerous others – Panama Canal
    “Star of Holland” mid -Pacific [a US Tall Ship]
    New Zealand including memorial to Robert Scott
    Melbourne – picking up the Pilot
    Quarantine procedures in Melbourne
    A number in Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane … and the way home via South Africa

    Superb, interesting unique photographic record. Now over 100 years old.


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  • Australia and the Antarctic – The John Murtagh Macrossan Lecture – 1960 – Phillip Law

    Australia and the Antarctic – The John Murtagh Macrossan Lecture – 1960 – Phillip Law

    Phillip Law (1912-2010) was born at Tallangalta and educated at Hamilton, Ballarat and then Melbourne University where he achieved an MSc in Physics. During WWII he wished to join the RAAF but was persuaded to stay at Melbourne University working on weapons research.

    His first trip to the Antarctic was in 1947 and from 1949 to 1966 he was Director of ANARE, heading a total of 23 voyages and expeditions. Over the period over 5,000 kms of Antarctic coastline was surveyed and much inland. The Mawson, Davis and Casey Stations were established.

    A super lecture nicely presented here in the usual Macrossan Lecture style. Octavo, 22 pages, illustrated with charts and images from photographs. Law describes the challenges and achievements during his involvement to date … super detail in such a succinct format.

    Distinguished writer, historian, bibliophile Geoffrey Ingleton’s copy with his bookplate. A very clean crisp copy.

    Scarce Antarctic Ephemera from Phillip Law


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  • Voyage Through the Antarctic – Richard Adams and Ronald Lockley

    Voyage Through the Antarctic – Richard Adams and Ronald Lockley

    A first edition published by Allen Lane, London in 1982.

    Richard Adams, author of Watership Down struck up a friendship with Ronald Lockley author of The Private Life of the Rabbit whilst researching for Watership. This friendship led to making a full Antarctic voyage on the Linblad Explorer from Tierra del Fuego to Stewart Island of South Island New Zealand.

    As would be expected an observant and well written narrative with a super selection of photograph’s taken on the voyage by Peter Hirst-Smith … well he did take three thousand from which to make the selection.

    Small quarto, 160 pages, numerous illustrations from photographs, nice chart etc …a very good copy.

    Adams and Lockley in the Antarctic and not a rabbit in sight.


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