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  • The Sea and Me – Humphrey Barton – First edition 1952

    The Sea and Me – Humphrey Barton – First edition 1952

    An unusual maritime book by Marine Surveyor Humphrey Barton. A first edition published by Robert Ross, London in 1952. Octavo, 142 pages nicely illustrated by John Chancellor. Very good condition.

    Fourteen short accounts, all true, from all angles maritime. Involves the vessels Kittiwake, Lady Nanella, Jean II, Dauntless, Monie, Fulruna etc and a M.F.V. during the War

    A super collection of nautical accounts – ideal for evening reading .

    $25.00

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  • The Man Before the Mast – G Sorrell – First Ed 1928

    The Man Before the Mast – G Sorrell – First Ed 1928

    A story of Twenty Years Afloat by George Sorrell, Edited and introduced with the help of C. Fox Smith.

    A first edition published in 198 by Methuen, London. I a reasonable dust jacket which is very rare. Octavo, 153 pages with twelve illustration. Some page edge foxing and occasionally inside, really still a very good copy of a hard to find book.

    The author went first to sea on the Brig Isabella, then the Indiana and the Benjamin Buck Green with Cunningham’s Patent Top Sails. Next coasting in the Lancashire Lass, the White Star in the Mediterranean and the whaler “Truelove” out of Hull.

    An unusual one the Lady Daly a stern=wheeler on the Murray River, Australia. Then back into the ocean and the Eastern Empire and many more (45 in total) vessels and some great adventures.

    A scarce reminiscence from finale of the great age of sail.

    $35.00

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  • Force Nine and More – High Winds, Wild Seas – Stories of Australians Who Fought Them and Survived – Kenneth Slack and Others

    Force Nine and More – High Winds, Wild Seas – Stories of Australians Who Fought Them and Survived – Kenneth Slack and Others

    First edition published by Murray, Sydney and Melbourne in 1969.

    Large octavo, 168 pages, heavily illustrated with images from photographs, charts etc. Very good condition.

    A compilation of 18 separate, often heroic voyages involving Australians often in Australian waters …. Bass Strait seeking harbour at Stanley; difficulties in the Pacific but making Norfolk Island; with Bill Tilman (Voyager Hero) and the cold dangerous waters around Heard Island; around the Horn, a Tasmanian Nightmare and the rest … impossible to put down.

    Australians surviving the most difficult sailing challenges

    $30.00

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  • Around Cape Horn to Honolulu on the Bark “Amy Turner”  – L.V. Briggs

    Around Cape Horn to Honolulu on the Bark “Amy Turner” – L.V. Briggs

    Around Cape Horn to Honolulu on the Bark “Amy Turner”

    Originally published in 1926 this classic sailing account is reprinted here by the Macdonald Maritime History Series, London in 1974.

    Octavo, 186 pages, top edge blue, with images from photographs, charts, diagrams and embellishments as per the original. End paper maps. Bound in quarter morocco, gilt line and blue sailing ship motif clothe covered boards. Dust jacket torn to top, and tape mended. A paper wave at the bottom as if it has stood onboard for a time but nothing offensive.

    The author Vernon Briggs was only sixteen at the time he left Boston for Honolulu. His observations and penmanship mature well beyond his years. Part journal part narrative Briggs learns sea skills fast and is also a keen observer of his surroundings and the abundance of natural history along the way … including the Amy Turner cockroaches!

    Prized narrative onboard the Amy Turner.

    $25.00

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  • A Thirst for the Sea (about Erskine Childers) – Hugh and Robin Popham

    A Thirst for the Sea (about Erskine Childers) – Hugh and Robin Popham

    A biographical account of the sailing adventures of Erskine Childers author of The Riddle of the Sands.

    First edition, published by Stanford Maritime, London in 1979. Octavo, 178 pages plus tow pages “A portion of the manuscript draft of The Riddle of the Sands”. Illustrated from original photographs and with two charts. Very good condition although minus its front free endpaper.

    Erskine Childers background requires more room than available here. He was a Clerk to the House of Commons and developed a passion for sailing. His adventures in the Sunbeam (1903) and the Asgard (1906) provided the inspiration for his thriller novel … a book that should be read by all.

    Erskine Childers the basis of The Riddle

    $25.00

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  • The Sea Was Kind – Albert Klestadt

    The Sea Was Kind – Albert Klestadt

    The incredible story of war-time escape from the Philippines to Australia in an open boat, best by the perils of the sea, the Japanese and mutiny.

    Published by Kangaroo Press, a new edition 1988. Having been previously published in 1959.

    Octavo, 208 pages illustrated with period images, charts and diagrams. A very good copy.

    Albert Klestadt sailed with rather dodgy company using a page from a Dutch Atlas as his only chart. Klestadt was a refugee from Germany leaving in the 1930’s for Japan. Just before Japan entered WWII he fled to Manila … but as the Japanese gained ground it was clear that he had to make his escape for Australia … and then the story begins. His inspiration was Captain Bligh.

    War-time escape to Australia – a difficult voyage with a happy ending

    $25.00

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