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36296
Armstrong, Diane
The Voyage of their Life The Story of the SS Derna and its Passengers
Flamingo, Pymble NSW, 2001.
Hardcover, octavo, 483pp., monochrome plates. Text block edges foxed. Minor wear only. Very good. A unique portrayal of a migrant ship and its passengers. The epic journey undertaken by displaced persons from camps in Germany, Poland, Hungary, Siberia, as well others diverse in both their background and politics, was marked by catastrophe, conflict and controversy. As conditions on board deteriorated, tension and violence simmered above and below decks. But romances, affairs and seductions also flourished, and lifelong bonds were formed.
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$20
87804
Baty, Scott
Ships that Passed The Glorious Era of Travel to Australia and New Zealand
Reed Books Pty. Ltd., French's Forest NSW, 1984.
First edition. Quarto; hardcover, with upper board title and decorated endpapers; 328pp. with many monochrome photographic illustrations. Slightly rolled; mild edgewear to the boards; text block edges spotted. Dustwrapper is mildly rubbed and sunned along the spine panel and top edges; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. This book is a salute to six decades of international passenger shipping services in Australasian waters. Between 1920 and 1984 some 200 liners and regional cruise ships were to pass regularly through Australia and New Zealand on scheduled service. Each ship has its own special story and is told within this book.
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$30
93808
Burgess Jr., Douglas R.
Seize the Trident The Race for Superliner Supremacy and How It Altered the Great War
International Marine/McGraw-Hill, Camden ME, 2005.
Octavo; hardcover, quarter-bound in papered boards with gilt spine titling; 296pp., with 6pp. of monochrome plates. Minor wear; a few spots to the text block edges. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Near fine. Seize the Trident re-creates the Anglo-German race to build the biggest, fastest, most luxurious passenger ships in the world. Sparked in 1889 by the Kaiser's declaration that he would 'seize the trident' from English shipping firms, this friendly rivalry soon became a clash of fierce national pride, personal ego, and global ambitions, including those of wealthy robber barons such as J. P. Morgan. Douglas Burgess delivers a riveting account of the race's origins, how it both paralleled and influenced the naval rearmament of the same period, and the crowning irony of its outcome. In size and splendour, the Germans won hands-down, but German ships in U.S. ports were seized at the outbreak of World War I. Later, they would carry hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops to fight against Germany.
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$25
83774
Crisp, Alan
CGT - The French Line: A History in Postcards La Compagnie Generale Transatlantique
Tabella, 2011.
Quarto; hardcover; 198pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. Founded in 1854, the CGT has represented for France what the White Star Line has meant for Britain (only without the titanic stain to its reputation). In this comprehensive overview, Alan Crisp takes us on a review of the fleet, offering us the physical specifications of each ship accompanied by a postcard displaying its splendid outline, taken from the high point of its sailing career. Along with all the technical detail is a potted history of each vessel giving a fascinating insight into the accomplishments of this European service.
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$38
201181
Duffy, James P
The Sinking of the Laconia and the U-Boat War Disaster in the Mid-Atlantic
Praeger, Santa Barbara, 2009.
Octavo hardcover; black boards with gilt spine titling; 129pp., monochrome illustrations. Minor wear only; fine in like dustwrapper. James P. Duffy relates the story of the sinking of the British liner Laconia by the German U-boat U-156. On September 12, 1942, as Laconia sailed crowded with 1,800 Italian prisoners of war, 103 Polish soldiers, 286 mostly severely wounded British military personnel, 80 civilians, and 463 officers and crew, she was hit by two torpedoes fired by U-156. Laconia's captain ordered the vessel abandoned, and within an hour, she sank. Perhaps surprisingly, the German U-boat then surfaced and sent a signal that brought two other U-boats, an Italian submarine, and three Vichy French warships to assist with rescue operations. The rescue operation by German ships and the subsequent bombing raid by Allied aircraft are both compelling stories and events that had major repercussions for the conduct of the war. In the wake of the incident, German admiral Karl Donitz issued instructions known as the Laconia Order demanding that all attempts to rescue survivors from Allied merchant ships be ended. The order provoked an international outcry against inhumane treatment of survivors stranded at sea. After the war, Donitz was charged with and acquitted of war crimes in connection with this order.
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$25
63440
Fitchett, T.K.
The Great Liners P & O Orient Ships on the Australian Trade
Rigby Pty. Ltd., Adelaide SA, 1977.
Oblong quarto; hardcover; 80pp., with colour illustrations. Minor wear; slightly rubbed board edges with tiny scrapes at corners. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine.
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$25
63439
Fitchett, T.K.
The Vanished Fleet Australian Coastal Passenger Ships 1910-1960
Rigby Pty. Ltd., Adelaide SA, 1976.
Oblong quarto; hardcover, 112pp., with a colour frontispiece and many illustrations likewise. Moderate wear; cocked; spine extremities softened; some bumping to the board lower edges. Dustwrapper rubbed and edgeworn; some offset tape marks to the upper and lower panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. The story of Australian passenger liners from the arrival of the tiny Express during the Victorian gold rush to the departure of the Manoora under a foreign flag.
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$25
63224
Gordon, Malcolm
From Chusan to Sea Princess The Australian Services of the P&O and Orient Lines
George Allen & Unwin (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., North Sydney NSW, 1985.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and illustrated endpapers; 184pp., with many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Moderate wear; spine extremities worn and board bottom edges scraped text block edges spotted and top edge dusted; mild offset to the endpapers. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed and edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$25
208947
Harris, C.J., & Brian D. Ingpen (Peter Bilas, illus.)
Mailships of the Union-Castle Line
Fernwood Press, Vlaeberg South Africa, 1994.
Square quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and upper board decoration and decorative endpapers; 180pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Moderate wear; somewhat cocked; spine heel softened; text block edges lightly spotted; a small tear to the hinge of the upper board; previous owner's ink inscription to the flyleaf. Dustwrapper is mildly rubbed and edgeworn; a large tear to the hinge of the upper panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Good to very good. An absorbing account of the ocean mail service that plied between Britain and southern Africa for 1857 to 1977 captures the spirit of an era now gone.
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$60
94895
Harrison, Leslie
A Titanic Myth The "Californian" Incident
William Kimber & Co. Ltd., London, 1986.
Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 281pp., with 16pp. of monochrome plates and many maps and diagrams. Mild wear; softening to the spine extremities; corners lightly bumped; some spots to the text block edges. Dustwrapper rubbed and mildly edgeworn. Very good to near fine and wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. "I think I've had a dirty deal. They wanted a goat, that was my opinion. There's always this stigma - was Lord to blame, or was he not to blame?" So, in 1959, at the age of 82, Captain Stanley Lord of the "Californian" looked back on those tragic events in 1912 which left him officially condemned in the eyes of the world as the man who could have saved all 1,500 of those who perished in the "Titanic" disaster, but who failed to do so, allegedly because of his laziness, incompetence, cowardice or even drunkenness, as some critics have hinted. This is the story of the unusual coincidences which led to Captain Lord's tragic dilemma and it raises a point of principle of direct concern to every public-spirited man or woman.
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$25
82946
Howarth, David & Stephen
The Story of P&O The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company
Weidenfeld & Nicholson Ltd., London, 1986.
First edition. Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling and illustrated endpapers; 224pp., with a full-colour frontispiece and many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Dustwrapper sunned along spine with mild edgewear (now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film). Very good to near fine. For 150 years P&O has been one of the world's greatest shipping lines. Beginning with the mail contract to Gibraltar, P&O quickly became the natural way for generations of English men and women to travel to India and the Far East. As early as 1844 Arthur Anderson invented deep-sea cruising, and by the 1880s Victorian doctors had no hesitation in prescribing health-giving sea voyages.
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$30
208498
Hutchings, David F.
QE2 - A Ship for All Seasons
Waterfront Publications, Blandford Forum, 1993.
Quarto paperback; 68pp., colour & b&w illustrations. Mild wear to cover edges. Near fine.
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$20
208499
Hutchings, David F.
RMS Queen Elizabeth - From Victory to Valhalla
Kingfisher Publications, Southampton, 1990.
Quarto paperback; 108pp., colour & b&w illustrations. Mild wear to cover edges. Near fine.
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$30
40486
Hyslop, Donald, Alastair Forsyth, & Sheila Jemima
Titanic Voices Memories from the Fateful Voyage
Sutton Publishing Ltd., Thrupp Stroud Gloucestershire UK, 1998.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 296pp., with many monochrome and colour illustrations. Minor wear; some spots to the front endpapers. Dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good to near fine. Using many previously unpublished photographs, letters and oral history 'Titanic Voices' is a recreation of the sinking of the great ship, reliving the events through the first-hand accounts of those who were actually there.
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$30
99524
King, Greg & Penny Wilson
Lusitania Triumph, Tragedy and the End of the Edwardian Age
St Martins Press, New York, 2015.
Octavo; hardcover, 370pp., monochrome plates. Dustwrapper. New, remainder. "On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, King and Wilson dig for clues to unanswered questions. The details surrounding how the elusive information disappeared uncover guilt on all sides. The British Admiralty had to protect the fact that they were transporting contraband in a ship sailing without a flag. The local coroner's inquest, the British Board of Trade's hearing and a U.S. District Court all dismissed charges of negligence. The admiralty never sent escort to protect the Lusitania as she entered British waters, and the captain acted contrary to orders. Even the journal of the U-boat captain has been altered. Did he fire one or two torpedoes? The German government published a warning as the Lusitania was about to sail from New York, proclaiming that ships misusing neutral flags found in British waters would be subject to destruction. Prior to this statement, the 'Cruiser Rules' codified by The Hague in 1899 required enemy ships to give warning, demand a search for contraband and allow the ship to be abandoned before sinking it. In January 1915, England ordered her merchant vessels to sail under false flags and carry munitions, knowing Germany would respond in kind. First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill referred to the Lusitania as 'live bait,' hoping to draw the Americans into the war. The ship was the last of the great Edwardian ships, as her upper-class passengers showed, some of whom had actually been warned by Germans not to sail. The authors devote inordinate portions of the text to biographies of passengers and still more to the lives of the survivors, but their exploration of the facts surrounding the mystery is the primary pleasure of the book. Those who relish tales of the rich and famous will appreciate this book, but the real joy is in the authors' detective work and attention to detail." - Kirkus
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$24
45374
Kludas, Arnold (Charles Hodges & Keith Lewis, trans.)
Great Passenger Ships of the World - six volumes (complete set)
Patrick Stephens Ltd., Cambridge & Wellingborough UK, 1975-1977 & 1986.
Six volumes, five first editions and one reprinted volume: small quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titling; 1,346pp. [216pp. + 240pp. + 240pp. + 232pp. + 226pp. +192pp.], with 6 monochrome frontispieces and many illustrations likewise. Moderate wear; all volumes have lightly toned and spotted page and text block edges, with very minor overall wear, being very good in like price-clipped dustwrappers. Sticker marks on Vol. 5 dustwrapper with some residual marking on front pastedown; mild toning to spine panels of all but Vols. 2 and 6 dustwrappers. All now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Volume 6 is a reprint with a price-clipped dustwrapper, an additional volume added to the original set when reprinted. Volumes cover years 1858 to 1986. A work covering all passenger ships over 10,000 gross registered tons with relevant technical and historical data and including photographs of the vessels.
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$180
208495
McCart, Neil
Famous British Liners 1: SS Oriana - The Last Great Orient Liner
FAN Publications, Cheltenham, 1992.
Quarto paperback; 52pp., b&w illustrations. Mild wear to cover edges. Near fine.
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$20
208496
McCart, Neil
Famous British Liners: 3. Arcadia & Iberia - P & O's Sisters for the 1950s
FAN Publications, Cheltenham, 1993.
Quarto paperback; 48pp., colour & b&w illustrations. Mild wear to cover edges. Near fine.
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$20
208497
McCart, Neil
P&O's Canberra & Sea Princess
FAN Publications, Cheltenham, 1993.
Quarto paperback; 48pp., colour & b&w illustrations. Mild wear to cover edges. Near fine.
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$20
208597
McCaughan, Michael
The Birth of the Titanic
The Blackstaff Press Ltd., Belfast Northern Ireland, 1999.
Reprint: square quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and decorative endpapers; 184pp., with a monochrome frontispiece and many illustrations likewise. Mild wear; slightly cocked. Dustwrapper a little rubbed and creased; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. From the building of the gigantic twin gantries for Titanic and her sister ship Olympic, through keel-laying, framing, plating, launching, construction and installation of the vast engines, and the final fitting out of the elegant liner, the high-quality photographs and informative text and captions capture the almost superhuman achievement of the thousands of skilled men involved in this truly titanic task. Also covering the fatal maiden voyage, the collision and rescue attempts, and concluding with vivid descriptions of how the dreadful news was received in Belfast, this - the first major book to focus on the construction of the ship - is a unique addition to the Titanic legend.
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$32
89029
Maxtone-Graham, John
Liners to the Sun An evocative re-creation of great cruises past & present, from cruise ship conversion, construction & design to the pleasures and occasional perils of life on board
Macmillan, New York, 1985.
Octavo hardcover; blue papered boards with blue cloth spine and silver gilt spine titling, map endpapers; 495pp., monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; slightly scuffed and worn lower board edges and corners and slightly creased tail of dustwrapper spine. Very good to near fine otherwise and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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$30
208503
Maxtone-Graham, John
The North Atlantic Run "The only way to cross."
Cassell, London, 1974.
First edition: hardcover, octavo; red boards with gilt spine titling, blue map endpapers; 434pp., b&w illustrations. Offsetting to endpapers; toned and spotted text block edges; wear and chipping to dustwrapper edges. Very good. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. The North Atlantic Run is a nostalgic look back at the great passenger lines which sailed the North Atlantic between Europe and the United States and which in the days before the aeroplane came into dominance, were the main link between the old world and the new. The age of the liners began with the building of the two original turbine engined giants, the British Mauretania and Lusitania. With increasing competition between nations and with the rise to international power of the United States, the transatlantic route quickly gained importance and prestige. The era reached its height between the wars and began its decline with the first scheduled aeroplane flight in 1939; ships such as the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth ensured that the decline was always stately, and the giant liners have never lost their romantic aura. Rich with reminiscences and anecdotes and lavishly illustrated.
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$45
208487
Miller, William H.
The Last Blue Water Liners
Conway Maritime Press, London, 1986.
Large octavo hardcover; beige boards with gilt spine titling; 224pp., b&w illustrations. Mild spotting to text block edges; mildly rubbed and spotted dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. This is the story of the last class-divided passenger ships that carried travellers from point to point. In the final years of activity, spanning the 1940s to the 1960s, they carried Hollywood stars and even royalty on the Atlantic, businessmen to South America and Africa, migrants to Australia and New Zealand, and visitors returning to European homelands. Last of the Blue Water Liners nods to the Atlantic liners but also revels in the many other passenger ships that plied trades around the world: vessels like the Antilles, Oslofjord, Kampala and Changsha. Complete with rare images and the insight of the prolific maritime historian William H. Miller, this book is a nostalgic parade of a bygone age, a generation of ships all but swept away in the 1960s and 1970s as jet travel changed the world.
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$25
208946
Newall, Peter
Union-Castle Line A Fleet History
Carmania Press, London, 1999.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 256pp., with many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; somewhat cocked; spine heel softened. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed and edgeworn; some small tears and associated chipping to the spine panel head; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good.
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$40
33331
Plowman, Peter
Emigrant Ships to Luxury Liners Passenger Ships to Australia and New Zealand 1945 -1990
NSW University Press, Kensington NSW, 1992.
First edition: quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and decorative endpapers; 296pp., with 8pp. of colour plates and many monochrome illustrations. Moderate wear; somewhat shaken and rolled; spine extremities softened; minor spotting to the text block edges; mild offset to the preliminaries. Dustwrapper a little rubbed and edgeworn; small tear to the spine panel head and upper flap-turn with associated creasing; old price sticker to the lower panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Every ship which visited Australia or New Zealand between 1946-1990 is described here; where and when it was built, tonnage, dimensions, service speed and method of propulsion. Also included are stories of the owners and builders, the crew and the often hapless passengers who sailed in them.
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$60
87803
[Shipping World & The Shipbuilder]
Ocean Liners of the Past - The White Star Triple Screw Atlantic Liners "Olympic" & "Titanic" No.1 in a series of reprints from "The Shipbuilder"
Patrick Stephens Ltd., Cambridge UK, 1976.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine-titles; 164pp., top edge dyed yellow, with many monochrome illustrations, 8pp. of monochrome plates and 6 folding plates and schematics. Moderate wear; price sticker on front endpaper; a heavy bump with fraying at the spine heel; retailer's bookplate to the flyleaf; text block top edge faded and other edges very lightly toned; fifth folding plate inadvertently bound in. Price-clipped dustwrapper is well-rubbed and heavily-chipped at the spine panel heel; now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive film. Else very good. This work is almost entirely a facsimile reprint, produced by arrangement with Benn Brothers (Marine Publications) Ltd., the present publishers of "The Shipbuilder", from a Souvenir Number of that journal originally published in the summer of 1911. This special number was published to commemorate the building of these two mammoth White Star liners which were intended to put the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company in the forefront of the prestigious transatlantic passenger trade. These two great ships represent for many the zenith of British shipbuilding achievement, at a period when Britain almost literally "ruled the waves" in every sense, with the largest merchant and naval fleets in the world.
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$35
91216
Various (Arthur Gough-Calthorpe; A W Clarke; F C A Lyon; J H Biles; Edward C Chaston - Assessors)
Report on the Loss of the SS Titanic: The Official Government Enquiry
Alan Sutton, Stroud, 1990.
Quarto hardcover; black boards with gilt spine titling, titanic diagram plan endpapers; 74pp., monochrome photographic plates. Minor wear only; near fine in like illustrated dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. The loss of the Titanic is probably the most famous shipwreck ever. A vast number of books have been produced by the survivors, crew and many others since 1912. All of these have leant heavily upon this report, the one fully documented, factual account of the disaster. All the facts are here, from the technical description of the vessel to the evidence of the passengers and the actions of the other two ships involved, the Californian and the Carpathia. The result of thirty-seven public sittings and the cross-examination of ninety-seven witnesses, the unemotional reporting of the official investigation fails to reduce the tragic nature of this maritime disaster which has gripped the imaginations of so many. This report, which has been out of print for many years, illustrated with archive photographs of the ship and of survivors who gave evidence at the enquiry, will enable the reader to get closer to the reality of that dreadful night.
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$23
208596
Warwick, Capt. Ronald W. (Foreword by H.R.H. The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh)
QE2 The Cunard line flagship, Queen Elizabeth II
W.W. Norton & Company Inc., New York NY, 1993.
Reprint: square quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and decorative endpapers; 224pp., with many full-colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; slightly cocked. Price-clipped dustwrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. This new edition of the most thorough book on the legendary Queen Elizabeth II includes the refit of the mid-1990s and many new photographs of interiors and details. Captain Ronald Warwick begins with the colourful history of the Cunard Line. He continues with the construction and launching of QE2 and provides an engrossing narrative of the ship's colourful history, including her service in the Falklands war, her various mishaps, the recent sale of Cunard to Carnival, and the new owners' plans for the future. The final chapter of the book is a deck-by-deck guide with photographs of all of the ship's public areas as well as those not seen by passengers: the engine room, kitchens, and areas limited to officers and crew.
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$30