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  • Wrecks & Reputations – Charlwood

    Wrecks & Reputations – Charlwood

    Published by Angus & Robertson in 1977. A very good copy, 190 pages with fine dust jacket. Bibliophile Nancye Kent Perry’s copy carrying her book plate.

    Don Charwood’s well researched tightly composed and nicely illustrated account of the difficulties of early vessels sailing through the Western entrance of the Bass Strait. Particular reference to the fate of the Schomberg and the Loch Ard and to its only survivors Eva Carmichael and the young man that saved her Tom Pearce. The fate of many other ships of the “Loch” brand are listed – leads one to conclude never to sail in a vessel name Loch anything!

    What out for the rocks!

    $25.00

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  • The Rebello Transcripts – McIntyre

    The Rebello Transcripts – McIntyre

    Published by Souvenir Press, 1984 a first issue. 257 pages in total a bit spotted to edges with a very good complete dust jacket.

    Arthur Phillip Commander of the First fleet and First Governor of Australia. Nothing was known of his prior secondment to the Portuguese Navy where he acquitted himself with distinction – until Ken McIntyre researched the “Rebello Transcripts”

    Arthur Phillip Made it with the Portuguese First

    $30.00

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  • The Cruise of the Marchesa – Guillemard (engravings by Whymper) -1889

    The Cruise of the Marchesa – Guillemard (engravings by Whymper) -1889

    Published by John Murray, London 1889.

    The magnificent account of the voyage of the schooner yacht Marchesa from Cowes on the Isle of Wight in 1881 first to Ceylon, then via Singapore to Formosa and the Liu-Kiu islands to Japan. She left Yokohama for Kamschatka returning three months later, thence to China and Hong Kong at the end of March 1883 from where the Sulu islands were explored and then the Celebes and on to New Guinea.

    Many maps and special Whymper illustrations. One of the most interesting Victorian travel accounts. Very good condition.

    Superb voyage and natural history account

    $180.00

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  • Sailing Ships and Paddle Wheels – J.C. Bull (Privately Published and of Quality)

    Sailing Ships and Paddle Wheels – J.C. Bull (Privately Published and of Quality)

    Self published in 1974 by Joseph Bull at Metung, Gippsland Lakes, Victoria. The book is really that of his father James Bull and forms two parts the first an autobiography and the second by the author complied from his father’s papers.

    Some fascinating “real life” content about Coastal Colliers; the Bass Strait – Crayfish – Logs and Convicts; the Gippsland Coast and Lakes. What really strikes Voyager about this book is the “tragic quest” for gold in New Guinea. A 30 page account of the voyage of the “Dove” a 50 ton craft built in Tasmania in 1868 – includes an extract from the diary of Captain A.R. Rennie in charge of the Dove Prospecting Expedition. The crew got very ill the boat took in water and had to be abandoned when rescued by the Sir Lancelot which took them onwards to Japan.

    James Bull led and Adventurous Life at Sea

    $40.00

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  • 1700 Miles in open Boats: The Story of the Loss of the S.S. Travessa in the Indian Ocean and the Voyage of Her Boats to Safety – Captain Foster

    1700 Miles in open Boats: The Story of the Loss of the S.S. Travessa in the Indian Ocean and the Voyage of Her Boats to Safety – Captain Foster

    First edition published Martin Hopkinson, London 1926 a very good copy.

    Original blue cloth 177 pages well illustrated with 14 pages of plates and large folding chart at rear. A very good account of the loss of the 5,000 ton steamer Trevessa and the consequent open boat voyage of her passengers and crew, based on a log kept by Foster, her Captain.

    It was May 1923 and the Travessa had left Freemantle in WA having loaded with ore from the Broken Hill mines at Port Pirie SA. The vessel foundered in the Indian Ocean during a storm the survivors were adrift for 23 days before reaching the Rodrigues in the Mauritius Islands.

    A special shipwreck book well illustrated and with narrative from the live log kept by the Captain

    $70.00

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  • Narrative of a Voyage, in His Majesty’s Ship Alceste, to the Yellow Sea, Along the Coast of Corea to the Island of Lewchew; with an Account of Her Subsequent Shipwreck. – McLeod John

    Narrative of a Voyage, in His Majesty’s Ship Alceste, to the Yellow Sea, Along the Coast of Corea to the Island of Lewchew; with an Account of Her Subsequent Shipwreck. – McLeod John

    Published by John Murray London 1818. Second and improved edition in good condition. 8vo, 323 pp – Expedition of 1816-17 to Deliver the Amherst Embassy to China and Explore the China Sea with extended visit to Lewchew (Okinawa). Frontispiece black and white lithograph of Captain Murray Maxwell, and five exceptional hand coloured aquatint plates drawn by WH Dwarris and engraved by I Clarke. Half calf and marbled boards. Gilt titling on red leather label to spine. McLeod was the Surgeon of the Alceste.

    The body of the book deals with the expedition (February 1818 to August 1817) of the British naval ships the Alceste and the Lyra under the command of Captain Murray Maxwell. The voyage included a call at Rio de Janeiro, Cape of Good Hope, Manila and Java, Batavia, China, surveyed the coast of Korea and the Ryukyu Islands. The visit to Lewchew was the first by Europeans. The ship was wrecked on a reef in the Strait of Gaspar of the coast of Sumatra, all hands survived to be menaced by Malay pirates but eventually rescued by the East-Indiaman Ternate. The plates include images of Islanders, Corean Chief and Attendants, Lewchewan Chief, Garden of Temple of Lewchew, Fort Maxwell, several showing local costume

    The book contains five appendices. The first pertains to the court-martial following the loss/sinking of the Alceste. The other four relate to the Lewchew Islands – a chronological list of the Kings of Lewchew from AD 1187, the names and situation of the numerous islands constituting the Lewchew Islands, Lewchewan words and the English equivalent and numerals up to 100 and a poem “The Farewell” by Mr Gillard on leaving Lewchew. On the journey home Captain Maxwell in the company of Lord Amherst met with Napoleon Bonaparte who was then exiled at St Helena – the recorded interchange is most interesting.

    Published in London 1818 – five beautiful coloured plates

    $590.00

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