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  • Fatal Voyage – The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis – Dan Kurzman

    Fatal Voyage – The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis – Dan Kurzman

    Publsihed by Atheneum, New York 1990 a first edition in very good condition.

    The USS Indianapolis delivered vital components of the A Bomb to Tinian Island in the Western Pacific. Job done they headed away only to be sunk by a Japanese submarine. Hell ensued for the survivors who dwindled from 1200 to just over 300 by the time help came.

    It was a top level disaster as it was a long time before US Chiefs realised the sinking had happened. The Captain got the blame a scapegoat and was brought to trail – the Japanese submarine commander was called as a witness.

    Greatest US Loss in WWII

    $35.00

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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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  • Antarctica Observed – A.G.E. Jones

    Antarctica Observed – A.G.E. Jones

    Published by Caedmon of Whitby in 1982 a very fine copy.

    The author Jones published this book in Whitby – he was an Antarctic expert of note. His mission here was to draw a proper conclusion as to who saw the Antarctic first – through thorough research of original logs and diaries and carefully re-plotting the tracks of Cook, Bellingshausen, Smith and Bransfield, Palmer etc all likely candidates. His conclusions are … in the book.

    Special Antarctica by an expert

    $40.00

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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

    $490.00

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  • Captain James Cook and His Times – Fisher and Johnston

    Captain James Cook and His Times – Fisher and Johnston

    Published by ANU Press canberta in 1979 a very good near fine copy in a fine dust jacket.

    Cook from a different perspective and well researched and worthwhile. Interplay with Dalrymple, the geography of Northwest America, the Spanish reaction to his endeavours and his reputation in Russia .. and much more.

    Another view of Cook and a good one

    $35.00

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  • A Voyage Round The World 1790-1792 Performed by Etienne Marchand (In Two Volumes) – Charles P.C. Fleurieu – 1969

    A Voyage Round The World 1790-1792 Performed by Etienne Marchand (In Two Volumes) – Charles P.C. Fleurieu – 1969

    Amsterdam. 1969. N. Israel., 1969. Facsimile reprint of 1801 original English edition. Nos. 23 & 24 in the Bibliotheca Australiana series.

    $160.00

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