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  • A Night to Remember [the Sinking of the Titanic] – Walter Lord – First UK edition 1956

    A Night to Remember [the Sinking of the Titanic] – Walter Lord – First UK edition 1956

    First UK edition of this classic Titanic book published by Longmans, Green etc London in 1956. Still regarded as the best account of the Titanic disaster and the basis of the Classic Movie of 1958 starring Kenneth Moore.

    Octavo, 187pages, numerous illustrations from period photographs and end paper diagrams of the fated ship. Jacket art by Ley Kenyon.

    The author was in the American Intelligence Service during WWII, was an obsessive collector of uniform buttons from the American Civil War and spent twenty years researching for this book … not all the time of course.

    A really special book that Voyager has read through twice without a pause. The photographic images are super …menus First and second Class; Lord Astor looking, well, aristocratic; the Gymnasium; the Café Parisien … the lifeboat that the Countess of Rothes was later to “man” the tiller.

    Titanic Gold – UK First Edition 1956


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  • Shipwreck Archaeology in Australia – Michael Nash

    Shipwreck Archaeology in Australia – Michael Nash

    A fine copy of Michael Nash’s all embracing Australian shipwreck book.

    Published by the University of Western Australia Press in 2007. Squarish large octavo, 244 pages, very nicely illustrated throughout, end paper illustration of the dreadful goings on at the Batavia camp.

    Pulled together by Nash with contributions from a number of other experts in the field, or the water really.

    The fifteen wrecks dealt with in detail are presented chronologically starting with the Batavia (1629) .. then a leap to Hunter’s Sirius (1790) .. the Pandora (1791) all the way to the Tasman (1883). We say fifteen but the last is a place for wrecks Garden Island (1906-1945). Notes, glossary etc finish what is a really good reference or stand alone work.

    The other dimension with this book is the back history of many of wrecks – First Fleet; Bounty Related; Slavers; Walers etc and for some another aspect such as Experimental Reconstruction (Zanoni 1867); Timber Shipbuilding techniques (Water Witch 1842).

    Australian Wrecks – the way in to the subject – no better presentation.


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  • Tasmanian Shipwrecks 2 Volume – Vol I (1797-1899) and Vol II – (1900-1999) – Graeme Broxam and Michael Nash

    Tasmanian Shipwrecks 2 Volume – Vol I (1797-1899) and Vol II – (1900-1999) – Graeme Broxam and Michael Nash

    Complete and fine. Has to be the definitive Tasmanian Wreck reference.

    First editions published in 1998 and 2000 respectively. Large octavo, 342 pages and 400 pages after preliminaries, illustrated throughout, particularly from period photographs. Fine as good as it gets. Quality printing a heavy set which will require an Overseas mailing supplement.

    Published by Navarine as part of the Roebuck Series No 51 and No 54.

    Tasmanian Wrecks and there are plenty of them.


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  • Batavia – The first and last voyage – Phillipe Godard.

    Batavia – The first and last voyage – Phillipe Godard.

    Published by Abrolhos, Perth in 1993. Large quarto, 332 pages, a high quality production. Heavy will require a postage supplement if going overseas. Fine condition.

    Well researched and stunningly illustrated our favourite Batavia book. All about the V.O.C., Francisco Pelsaert, the voyage and the Houtman Abrolhos and the wreck, Cornelisz’ Webb of treachery, Cat’s Island … and then much later the discovery of the wreck the treasures and the building of the replica and rebirth.

    Become a true Batavia Expert – a photographic delight


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  • Batavia’s Graveyard – The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History’s Bloodiest Mutiny – Dash

    Batavia’s Graveyard – The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History’s Bloodiest Mutiny – Dash

    First edition of Mike Dash’s book on the bloody Batavia story. Published by Weidenfeld & Nicholson, London 2002.

    Thick octavo, 398 pages including extensive bibliography. A very good. Illustrated with maps and charts.

    The Dutch East India vessel Batavia struck an uncharted reef off the West Coast of Australia on her maiden voyage in 1629. A total of 332 men, women and children were on board. A few headed off in a life boat to seek help. The remainder ended up on a small coral island less than a kilometre long. A band of mutineers began a cold – blooded killing spree … only eight remained alive when help arrived three months later. The ringleader Jeronimus Cornelisz a failed apothecary and heretic.

    Gruesome true story of the strangest atrocities following a shipwreck off Australia in 1629.


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  • Australia’s Worst Shipwrecks – Chris Halls

    Australia’s Worst Shipwrecks – Chris Halls

    A difficult thing to define worst shipwreck – most lives lost, largest boat sunk etc etc. Chris Hall however has made a good selection .. with a bit of breadth … historical relevance is the key we believe.

    Published by Rigby in 1978. Octavo, 157 pages, illustrated. Fine condition.

    Includes the early Dutch ship the Zuytdorp off Western Australia and then a big move geographically and in time to King island, where there have been almost too many shipwreck to count. The tragedy of the Star of Greece and the Quetta in the far north. Ghost ships appear near the end and add a bit of intrigue ..

    A good roundup of the most famous wrecks over the ages on the Australian coastline.


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