Explores the fascinating relationship between transport and NZ society. Five eras, the waka, sail, steam, motor and the jet, are looked at and the impact of each on society and it's development described.
GP Publications, Wellington, 1996. Softback. 315 pages. SECONDHAND
Covers the establishment of the Department, its work in setting up lights and other navigation aids, coastal surveys, the Government steamer services and castaway depots, its role in fisheries and work with harbour boards. Illustrations. Very scarce.
A.R. Sherer, Government Printer, Wellington, 1969. Hardback, no dust jacket. 144 pages, with folding chart. SECONDHAND
ISBN 0723305501 An account of Captain John Stokes and his crew sent to New Zealand by the British Admiralty to make a detailed survey of the country’s harbours and coastline, 1848-1851.
Whitcoulls, Christchurch, 1978. Hardback with dust-jacket. 190 pages. SECONDHAND
The full story of the mapping by maritime survey of New Zealand coastal waters from the charts of Abel Tasman to the RNZN survey vessels of the 1960s. Published 1969.
A.H. & A.W. Reed, Wellington. Hardback with dust jacket. 277 pages. SECONDHAND
30 lighthouses from Cape Reinga to Puysegur Point, with their history, and colour photographs.
Hazard Press Ltd., Christchurch, 1991. Softback. 124 pages. SECONDHAND
The first published comprehensive history of New Zealand's lighthouses from an author with a long experience of the sea and New Zealand's coastal waters and who finished his career as Chief of Naval Staff. Illustrated.
Dunmore Press Ltd., Palmerston North, 1975. Hardback with dust jacket. 152 pages. SECONDHAND
Drawing on a rich and intriguing mix of letters, diary extracts, official correspondence and interviews, from an 1872 diary to interviews with the last of the lighghouse keepers themselves, Helen Beaglehole brings together accounts of the life and work of these resourceful New Zealanders. Illustrated.
Craig Potton Publishing, Nelson, 2009. Softback. 264 pages. SECONDHAND
Recollections of her father, and their time at the lighthouses of New Zealand. mabel was born at Cape Saunders in 1927. This is the revised edition of a work first published in 1993.
Pollock Books, Auckland, 2007. Softback. 208 pages. SECONDHAND
A life story full of tales of ships, lighthouses, the man who maintained them and their families. Illustrated.
T.G. Smith, Auckland, 1996. Softback. 328 pages. SECONDHAND
This edition of Ingram's classic and monumental work records more than 2200 shipwrecks about the New Zealand coast since the first recorded wreck in 1795. Illustrated. First published in 1936, this is the 7th, revised edition.
Beckett Publishing Ltd., Auckland, 1990. Hardback with dust jacket. 514 pages. SECONDHAND
The rarer third edition of the standard work on shipwrecks in NZ waters. With new information for the 1840-56 period.
AH and AW Reed, Wellington, 1961. Hardback with dust jacket. 408 pages. SECONDHAND
The standard work on New Zealand shipwrecks with entries for all known wecks and a selection of historic photographs. First published in 1936, this is the fourth edition revised and enlarged..A.H. and A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1972. Hardback with dust jacket. 448 pages. SECONDHAND
This good looking book details in lively prose and beautiful elegantly accurate illustrations, 31 New Zealand wrecks from H.M.S. Orpheus in 1863 to the Celtic Kiwi in 1991.
Grantham House Publishing, Wellington, 1994. Hardback with dust jacket. 80 pages. SECONDHAND
An illustrated collection of stories about some of the most remarkable shipwrecks around the coast of New Zealand.
Grantham House Publishing, Wellington, 1991. Softback. 218 pages. SECONDHAND
The story of twenty valuable wrecks in New Zealand waters and attempts at salvage on some of them.
The Halcyon Press, Auckland, 1995. Softback. SECONDHAND
An Illustrated History of New Zealand Shipwrecks. Includes stories of castaways and the captains and crews struggles to avert disaster. Well illustrated with photographs.
Grantham House, Wellington, 2007. Softback. 240 pages. SECONDHAND
H.M.S. Orpheus was wrecked on a shoal at the entrance to Manukau Harbour in 1863. 189 lives were lost making this the worst maritime disaster in New Zealand history. This is the full account based on the personal narratives of 3 people involved.
Cassell NZ, Auckland, 1975. Hardback with dust jacket. 157 pages. SECONDHAND
A full account of New Zealand's worst ever shipwreck that occurred on the Manukau Bar in February, 1863 when H.M.S. Orpheus went down with the loss of 186 lives, including the Commodore of the Australasian division Royal Navy.
Whakatane & District Historical Society, 1987. Softback. 243 pages. SECONDHAND
HMS Osprey spent six months charting the northern coast of New Zealand before running aground at Herekino in 1846. Salvaged immediately, the crew returned to England to be court martialled for the loss, but were exonerated of any blame.
'Shipwreck off the New Zealand coast and the excitement of a modern search for gold’. The successful salvage of the Elingamite treasure from the sea off the lonely Three King Islands.
Hodder & Stoughton, Auckland, 1969. Hardback with dust jacket. 192 pages, illustrations. SECONDHAND
An illustrated account of New Zealand's worst civilian maritime disaster off the Southland coast in 1881 when 131 people perished in sight of the coast. Dust jacket sunned to spine, otherwise fine copy.
A.H. and A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1970. Hardback with dust jacket. 157 pages. SECONDHAND
The story of the wrecking of the Unoion Steam Ship Company ship Waiarapa at Great barrier Island on 29 October 1894 with the loss of approximately 130 lives. Illustrated.
Rofant Books, Wellington, 1981. Hardback with dust jacket. 147 pages, folding plans to rear. SECONDHAND
In 1909 the Penguin sank near Wellington with the loss of 72 lives, among them many women and children, it was New Zealand's worst twentieth century shipwreck. This is the full story of the tragedy, the ship itself has never been found.
Steele Roberts, Wellington, 2000. Softback. 128 pages. SECONDHAND
Sunk in New Zealand waters by a German mine, the Niagara had 8 tons of British bullion onbaord. This is the amazing story of it's salvage from within a mine-field, during war-time.
Kangaroo Press, NSW, 1996. Softback. 160 pages. SECONDHAND
T.E.V. Wahine (O.N. 317814) shipping casualty 10 April 1968, report of the court of inquiry and annex. The official investigation into this tragic shipwreck.
Government Printer, Wellington, 1970. Softback. 140 pages. SECONDHAND
The mystery surrounding the sinking of the Mikhail Lermontov in the Marlborough Sounds while under the command of a New Zealand Pilot. One crew member was lost when the ship sank after hitting rocks.
Cape Catley Ltd., Whatamango Bay, 1999. Softback. 200 pages. SECONDHAND
The colourful story of the women who went to sea with their husbands in the whaling ships that plied the southern oceans during the nineteenth century whaling boom. The result of five years of carefull research.
Collins Publishers NZ Ltd., Auckland, 1991. Hardback with dust jacket. 213 pages. SECONDHAND
This account of SW Pacific whaling discusses the whales, whalers, ships, crews, uses for whale products, and whaling from shore stations. It places the industry in its social context and show the role played by whaling in the development of New Zealand.
Otago University Press, Dunedin, 1982. Hardback with dust jacket. 396 pages. SECONDHAND
Describes the rise and fall of this first global industry and the men who made it. Ships from Britain, France, America, Australia and New Zealand scoured the southern oceans and lived in a closed off world of great pressue and great reward.
Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1999. Hardback with dust jacket. 393 pages. SECONDHAND
The story of the rise and fall of the old whaling trade around the coasts of early New Zealand, gathered from fragmented sources. First published in 1965, this is a facsimile reprint.
Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch, 1996. Softback. 163 pages. NEW
A very well illustrated history of sealing and whaling in New Zealand waters from the earliest days ot the end of the eighteenth century, through to the final demise in 1964.
Reed Methuen Publishers Ltd., Auckland, 1986. Hardback with dust jacket. 307 pages. SECONDHAND
The whaling voyages and other activities of Captain Edward Cattlin in Australian and New Zealand waters. Cattlin purchased the Otago land which is named after him from Maori. This work is based on his journals, which surfaced in 1969.
J. Chisholm, Wellington, 1994. Softback. 95 pages. SECONDHAND
Forty-niners from Australia and New Zealand go to the California gold rush. This focuses on the ships that took the men to the gold-fields, and life on board. THIS COPY has some minor foxing to the uncut page edges and book boards.
Minerva, Auckland, 1963. Hardback with dust jacket. 172 pages. SECONDHAND
A detailed and interesting account of the boat builders and the sailing craft of New Zealand, illustrated throughout with many fine line drawings and historic photographs.
Collins Publishers Ltd., Auckland, 1978. Hardback with dust jacket. 152 pages. SECONDHAND
An account of the trading scows of New Zealand, vessels of great carrying capacity and shallow draught, working bulk cargoes of timber and coal especially in the North Island ports. First edition. EXCELLENT CONDITIONWhitcombe and Tombs, Christchurch, 1939. Hardback with no dust jacket, as issued. 223 pages. SECONDHAND
The first account of southern ship building in the Catlins and on Stewart Island in the days of sail. These unique ships traded around the coasts of New Zealand and ventured across the Tasman sea. The book is illustrated with shipping notices, photographs, maps, advertisments and paintings. Includes a CD.
Catlins Wildlife Ecotours, Owaka, 2009. Softback. 262 pages, with CD. SECONDHAND
Stories of ships that never made it to NZ, and the fates of their complements, passengers, and cargo.
Otago Maritime Society, Dunedin, 2019. Softback. 204 pages. NEW
The history of the Kauri built topsail schooner 'Huia' from its launch in 1894 to its loss in New Caledonia in 1951. Illustrations, includes hull lines and sail plan. Leader Press Ltd., Auckland, 1947. Hardback with no dust jacket. 85 pages. SECONDHAND
The Huia was a topsail schooner launched in 1894 and sailed as a cargo carrier until she was wrecked in 1951 after a career sailing on some of the most dangerous waters in the world. This is her story. Revised and extended edition.
William Collins NZ Ltd., Auckalnd, 1973. Hardback with dust-jacket. 147 pages. SECONDHAND
The experiences of Robertson in intercolonial sailing, especially on the scow Whangaroa and the barquentine La Bella. Well illustrated.
Millwood Press, Wellington, 1982. Hardback with dust jacket. 162 pages. SECONDHAND
Classic nautical adventure, traversing the Pacific in the home-built yacht Ngataki. Wray built her from kauri driftwood, to lead a roving life in the Pacific. The first printing of the revised second edition. Rare in this edition. THIS COPY has a poor dustjacket with tape repairs which is taped onto the end papers, and there is a long ownership inscription on the title page.
AH and AW Reed, Wellington, 1952. Hardback with dust jacket. 252 pages. SECONDHAND
The romantic story of an adventurous cruise from Lyttelton to Fiji in a 67 year old ketch by 7 young men in the 1930s.
Clerestory Press, Christchurch, 2001. Softback. 100 pages. NEW
Sailing Ships of the Tasman Sea. Jack Churchhouse describes the sailing ships owned by J.J. Craig, a prominent Auckland merchant. Named after members of his family, this fleet of ships established records for fast passages between New Zealand and Australia. Signed by the author.
Millwood Press. Hardback with dust-jacket, illustrated, 164 pages. SECONDHAND
A selection from the A D Edwardes collection of shipping photographs in the State Library of South Australia. Informative captions and text. Sail ships around Australia and New Zealand.
AH and AW Reed, Wellingotn, 1976. Hardback with dust jacket. 208 pages. SECONDHAND
A pictorial study of Auckland yachts. Almost 60 individual yachts photographed and described. A rare book. THIS COPY has wear to the dust jacket and lacks the front fold-in flap.
AH and AW Reed, Wellington, 1954. Hardback with dust jacket. 128 pages. SECONDHAND
A study of the trans-Pacific voyages of the windjammer Pamir during the Second World War. Captured from Finnish ownership and operated by the Union Steam Ship Company for the New Zealand Government. Excellent and well illustrated account.
Millwood Press, Wellington, 1978. Hardback with dust jacket. 283 pages. SECONDHAND
Spectacular Days in new Zealand history1900-1926. Mainly relates to the transportation of benzine fuel by ships. Many accounts of accidents caused by vapours igniting, on ships and on land. Individual ships described.
NH Brewer and JS McDermott, Auckland, 1993. Softback. 120 pages. SECONDHAND
The smaller ports of New Zealand from Northland to Foveaux Strait. The history of the coastal shipping trade. Illustrated and with an index of ports and ships.
Dunmore Press, Palmerston North, 1977. Hardback with dust jacket. 213 pages. SECONDHAND
The story of merchant steam navigation in the Australasian coastal and inter-colonial trades, and the ocean lines of the South Pacific. Illustrations. Very scarce.
Gordon and Gotch, Wellington, 1909. Hardback, no dust jacket. 150 pages. SECONDHAND
The story of the early steamers that traded around the coast and visited from overseas during the pioneering period. A large number of vessels are covered in detail, and there are interesting illustrations. Silverfish nibble marks to dust jacket.
Maritime Historical Productions, Wellington, 1966. Hardback with dust jacket. 230 pages. SECONDHAND
Union Line A Short History of the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand Ltd 1875 to 1951. The story of a shipping company of worldwide scope that was founded and managed in New Zealand.
Coulls Somerville Wilkie Ltd., Wellington, 1951. Hardback, no dust jacket as issued, illustrated. 148 pages. SECONDHAND
A well illustrated account of the Union Company and its best known and most luxurious ships, well illustrated by material in the collection of the Wellington Maritime Museum. This copy has a photographic post card of the T.E.V. Rangatira pasted on to the title page.
Millwood Press, Wellington, 1981. Hardback with dust jacket. 103 pages. SECONDHAND
A painted pictorial record of the old Union Company and its ships from Maori of 1868 to Seaway Queen of 1964.
Millwood Press Ltd., Wellington, 1982. Hardback with dust jacket. 111 pages. SECONDHAND
50th Jubilee celebration publication detailing the company and its vessels and services. Well illustrated with photographs. Yapped edges are worn.
Union Steam Ship Company NZ Ltd., Wellington, 1925. Softback. 68 pages. SECONDHAND
The illustrated story of a Company of world-wide scope which was founded and managed in New Zealand. Publication issued in commemoration of the centenary of British settlement in New Zealand, 1940. This complementry copy given by the directors and signed by the assistant manager, M.B. Miller. TOGETHER WITH a loose whole plate photograph of S.S. Wairarapa "at Wellington Queens Wharf on first trip" c.1882.
Coulls, Somerville, Wilkie Ltd., Wellington, 1940. Hardback, no dust jacket. 55 pages. SECONDHAND
From 1875 onwards the ships of the Union Steamship Company were regarded as "Queens of the Seas." They offered passengers excellent service in accommodation, entertainment and cuisine. This book features 36 of these ships. Published in 1982.
A.H. & A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1982. Hardback with dust jacket. 238 pages. SECONDHAND
Examines those ships and shipping companies that transported migrants to Australia and New Zealand in the period 1900-1939 when many paid their own fare although there were also various assisted passage schemes. Contains illustrations of most of the ships engaged in a trade that was brought to a halt by the outbreak of war in 1939.
Transpress NZ, Wellington, 2009. Softback. 192 pages. NEW.
The centennial history of the great New Zealand shipping company that began with clipper ships and developed into a crucial element of the colonial links of empire. Illustrated.
Whitcombe and Tombs Ltd., Christchurch, 1961. Hardback with dust jacket. 157 pages. SECONDHAND
The centennial story of the first century of one of the most successful ever New Zealand commercial companies and its social history over 100 years to 1975.
Four Star Books, Auckland, 1987. Hardback with dust jacket. 205 pages. SECONDHAND
Adventures on the coastal trade with the Northern Steamship Company carrying passengers and cargo to isolated settlements scattered around the creeks and bays of north Auckland as well as south to Wanganui, Whakatane and the Coromandel.
A.H. & A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1977. Hardback with dust jacket. 201 pages. SECONDHAND
A centennial history of this coastal shipping cargo carrier. Based in Napier and servicing the East Coast.
Richardson and Co. Ltd., Napier, 1959. Hardback with dust jacket. 108 pages. SECONDHAND
A complete history of the New Zealand operated Holm Shipping Company from 1880 , and of the ships and the men who plied the coasts and across the Tasman sea. Illustrated.
A.H. and A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1975. Hardback with dust jacket. 260 pages. SECONDHAND
A collection of pen portraits of some Australasian shipmasters and others whose lives have been dedicated to the sea. Illustrations.
A.H. and A.W. Reed, Wellington, 1964. Hardback with dust jacket. 196 pages. SECONDHAND
The story of the Canterbury Steam Shipping Company and of its relationship with big business. A unique record of a distinctive part of New Zealand's maritime past.
NZ Ship and Marine Society, Wellington, 1988. Hardback with dust jacket. 96 pages. SECONDHAND
The story of MV Tuhoe launched in 1919 and now preserved by the Kaiapoi Rivertown Trust. Unfortunately it was wrecked and scrapped in 2015.
Kaiapoi Rivertown Trust, 2009. Softback. 128 pages. SECONDHAND
A history of shipping services around the lake shores from earliest times. In 1902 they became part of NZR and shipping services were integrated with the train services from Invercargill and Dunedin, details of which are included. The first edition, with a tipped in colour photograph as the frontispiece. Dust jacket some loss to edges.
The New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society Inc., Wellington, 1963. Hardback with dust jacket. 118 pages. SECONDHAND
A history of shipping services around the lake shores from earliest times. In 1902 they became part of NZR and shipping services were integrated with the train services from Invercargill and Dunedin, details of which are included. First published in 1963, this is the second edition.
NZ Railway and Locomotive Society Inc., Wellington, 1980. Hardback with dust jacket. 196 pages, two folding plans, illustrated. SECONDHAND
A very comprehensive coverage of these vessels providing information on many notable ships. Volume two covers the period 1876-1912. A valuable insight into the growth and development of the passenger trade and with full details of all the shipping companies involved. Tape repairs to dust jacket.
William Collins, Auckland, 1981. Hardback with dust jacket. 224 pages. SECONDHAND
A very comprehensive coverage of these vessels providing information on many notable ships. Volume two covers the period 1913-1980. A valuable insight into the growth and development of the passenger trade and with full details of all the shipping companies involved. Tape repairs to dust jacket.
William Collins, Auckland, 1981. Hardback with dust jacket. 224 pages. SECONDHAND
A senior steward recalls the history, scams and rip-offs on the Cook Strait ferries. Caldwell had a lifetime of service on ferries, and is critical of the Cooks and Stewards Union. Contains a chapter on the Wahine disaster.
The Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1994. Softback. 192 pages. SECONDHAND
Tells the story of the trans-Tasman shipping service from the days of the earliest steam ship service to the liner Wanganella's last voyage to NZ in 1963. Fully illustrated.
Transpress NZ, Wellington, 2009. Softback. 188 pages. NEW
The thrilling story of adventure as a party of New Zealanders and Americans drive their Hamilton jet boats up the ranging and dangerous Colorado river. A notable first.
Caxton Press, Christchurch, 1963. Hardback with dust jacket. 259 pages, illustrations. SECONDHAND
The full story of the well known jet boat tourism attraction on Queenstown's Shotover River first launched in 1965.
Shotover Jet Ltd., Queenstown, 2016. Softback. 158 pages. NEW
A fascinating look at the history of the Port Line from the 1913 amalgamation of the Tyser, Milburn, Corry and Royden interests to form the Commonwealth and Dominion Line (later Port Line) that joined the Cunard group in 1916. The book also details the history of Associated Container Transportation (Aust) Ltd., the Crusader Shipping Company, the Montreal Australia New Zealand Line Ltd. and other Port Line associated companies.
New Zealand Ship & Marine Society Ltd., Wellington, 2006. Hardback with dust jacket. 376 pages. SECONDHAND.
The story of the Tasman Shipping Line, an independent locally owned and run outfit that successfully traded frozen goods across the Tasman until financial constraints caused the company to close.
AH and AW Reed, Wellington, 1967. Hardback with dust jacket. 180 pages. SECONDHAND
Shoestring Shipping in the South Pacific. Don Silk tells the story of his life sailing and trading in the Pacific. Partner in the Silk and Boyd company of cargo carriers.
Random House, Auckland, 1999. Softback. 244 pages. SECONDHAND
For the first time a book that tells the story of the work and lives of merchant seafarers, often in their own words. The harsh realities of shipboard life, the colourful lore and language of the sea, the rise of unionism, the waterfront and crew culture all examined in detail.
Te Papa Press, Wellington, 2001. Softback. 172 pages. SECONDHAND
An illustrated history of the New Zealand seaman's union that played and integral and essential role in the seafaring industry of the country.
Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 2012. Softback. 383 pages. SECONDHAND
Looks at the companies and the ships involved in the bulk cargo trade that moves three billon tonnes of cargo every year yet is accompanied by a frightening toll of ships lost. The most anonymous sector of world transport.
Willson Scott Publishing Ltd., Christchurch, 2005. Hardback with dust jacket. 192 pages. NEW
A history of one of the most interesting of New Zealand companies that began as a farmers' protest movement that for 80 years ran chartered wool ships. It is still a major shipping agent as well as coolstore operator, pet food processor and apple grower. Signed by the author.
Hazard Press Ltd., Christchurch, 2002. Hardback with dust jacket. 324 pages. SECONDHAND
Specialist history of all the ships that Norwegian company Kristian Jebsens Rederi (KJR) has owned, leased and chartered during its existence.
World Ship Society Ltd., Windsor, UK. Hardback, no dust jacket as issued. 224 pages. SECONDHAND
From the mid 1800s P&O offered steam-powered cruising. This illustrated history covers peacetime and wartime, and from the beginning of steam ships to the present (1994). Revised edition.
Weidenfeld and Nicholson, London, 1994. Hardback with dust jacket. 240 pages. SECONDHAND
Pictorial history of ships in Australian waters from the early days of exploration up to the 1960s. Sailing ships, steam powered vessels and modern deisel powered naval craft. All types of commercial shipping covered.
Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1968. Hardback with dust jacket. 202 pages. SECONDHAND
Study of the expansion of trade and colonialism due to steam powered shipping in the South Pacific. The Union Steam Ship Company, the largest and most important regional maritime enterprise, is the basis for this work. Includes the colonial workers, onboard and onshore.
Manchester University Press, 2016. Softback. 246 pages. NEW
The ebbs and eddies of the Edwin Fox, the last surviving 19th century merchantman. From maiden voyage in 1853 the Edwin Fox worked at sea until 1965. She is the worlds eighth oldest intact ship.
Nikau Press, Nelson, 2014. Softback. 272 pages. NEW
Sketches about life and service in the Merchant Line, originally published in The Press.Below refers to the engine rooms and crew, Above to the Stewards, Cooks, Sailors and Officers.
Whitcombe and Tombs, Christchruch, (1909). Hardback with no dust jacket. 139 pages. SECONDHAND
Druett gives details of how American Merchant Captains would sometimes take their wives on their voyages, and the conditions they had to deal with onboard whalers and cargo ships. THIS COPY is the first edition and is signed by Druett.
Simon and Schuster, New York, 1998. Hardback with dust jacket. 274 pages. SECONDHAND
Journal of the Captain's Wife on the East Indiaman Friendship 1799-1801. THIS COPY has a gift inscription To Joan, from Joan (Druett), Dec 2016.
Old Salt Press, New Jersey, 2014. Softback. 359 pages. SECONDHAND
The story of Sverre Berg's life from his leaving Norway to work in a Glasgowshipping office. He recalls the U-Boat war in the Atlantic, time in Nantes, and his posting to Hong Kong in 1916. The next 24 years were spent in Hong Kong, where in 1941 he was captured by the Japanese and interned as a POW.
Sid Harta Publishers, Voictoria, 2008. Softback. 251 pages. SECONDHAND