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  • Fatal Storm -The 54th Sydney to Hobart Yacht  – Rob Mundie – First Edition 1999

    Fatal Storm -The 54th Sydney to Hobart Yacht – Rob Mundie – First Edition 1999

    For those that remember it, and for many impossible to forget, the storm that took six lives in the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race was beyond any expectations. Waves a high as 100 feet (half the size of the Sydney Opera House) pounded boats in the Bass Strait for more than a day. This is the record of those events.

    Softcover, published by Harper and Collins in 1999. Large octavo, 317 pages with numerous illustrations many in colour. Very good almost as new condition.

    Real life Fatal Storm – Sydney Hobart 1998

    $30.00

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  • The Opium Smugglers – Ion Idriess – First edition 1948

    The Opium Smugglers – Ion Idriess – First edition 1948

    Idriess back in Cook’s Passage and the Lizard Island. A tale written for boys and now grown up boys. Somewhat of a rarity.

    A first edition published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney in 1948. Without the jacket, octavo, 273 pages, original tanned cloth covered boards with shell design to front. End paper maps, ownership signature on front ends. A pretty good copy.

    The Lizard and opium

    $35.00

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  • The Founding of Hobart 1803-1804 – Frank Bolt

    The Founding of Hobart 1803-1804 – Frank Bolt

    The author of this fine book, Frank Bolt, was surprised that he could not find any book on the very early period of the settlement of Hobart. So he carried out his own research and effectively self published this work.

    Large octavo, 320 pages, illustrated, with folding plan, printed to a high standard. A first edition 2004 and in as new condition.

    An unusual work in structure … Bolt explain his approach well in the lengthy Preface. Having assembled all of the exiting evidence his challenge was how to present it … landing on the idea of creating a faux diary of events on a nearly day by day basis. It work very well. After a further introductory “Prologue” the diary runs from page 38 through to page 279. Within this there are separate brief “cut-aways” regarding the “difference between the initial Risdon Settlement and the final Settlement at Sullivan’s Cove and “the Cargo of the Collin’s Expedition”.

    Notes on Sources are kept until the end and are extensive and useful as well is a list of the Pioneers of Hobart Town. And Meehan’s Plan of circa 1811.

    Hobart the early days revisited

    $70.00

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  • Close to the Wind – [Round the World Single Handed and Rescue] – Pete Goss

    Close to the Wind – [Round the World Single Handed and Rescue] – Pete Goss

    The story of adventurer Pete Goss’s involvement in the 1996/7 Vandee Globe – round the World single handed event France and back.

    Only six finished and Goss was fifth … he had however to go back in the Southern Ocean to rescue Raphael Dinelli who would have died for sure without Pete Goss. He took Dinelli back to Hobart and continued on in the race alone. This is the same race that saw the famous capsizing of Tony Bullimore and, sadly the loss of Gerry Roufs.

    Softcover, published by Headline in 1998. Large octavo, 282 pages nicely illustrated. A very good near fine copy.

    Pete Goss received and deserved his Legion d’Honneur.

    $25.00

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  • Chasing Liquid Mountains [Adventures of a Solo Yachtsman] David Adams

    Chasing Liquid Mountains [Adventures of a Solo Yachtsman] David Adams

    Only ever in soft cover this edition published by Macmillan in 1997. Octavo, 246 pages, nice illustrations, charts, images from colour photographs etc.

    Australian adventurer, David Adams, was first across the line in the Class 2 of the BOC Challenge around the World single handed yacht race in 1995.

    We love the title and from then on the book only gets better … if you need motivation to get out of bed this is the book for you

    Highly respected liquid mountain chaser.

    $25.00

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  • The Wreck of the Amsterdam – Peter Marsden – First Edition 1974

    The Wreck of the Amsterdam – Peter Marsden – First Edition 1974

    The Dutch East Indiaman set out on her maiden voyage in 1748 loaded with cargo and silve7r, with three hundred people on board.

    A storm in the English Channel forced the captain to beach her near Hastings after a near mutiny.

    She’s still there and at the occasional low tide remnants can be seen from the shore. Peter Marsden was the Field archaeologist at the London Guildhall Museum and he was called in when a party of workmen with access to a digger tried their luck and found something rather special.

    First edition published by Hutchinson, London in 1974. Octavo, 288 pages, heavily and well illustrated. A very good copy.

    The Wreck of the Amsterdam; a long time afterwards fresh discoveries are made.

    $30.00

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