page lists the titles that we have published ourselves. Not all our published
titles are specifically relevant to divers, but we would like to include
them here as they may be of interest. Our first effort many many years
ago, in 1980, was Dive Australia which is now in its fourth edition.
In 1989 we were delighted to have Australia's foremost maritime history
writer Jack Loney come aboard, and we managed to put out four volumes in
his Wrecks On.... series. Sadly Jack passed away in 1995.
OF AUSTRALIAN SHIPWRECKS
Other Maritime Incidents.
of Australian Shipwrecks includes no less than 15,600 alphabetic entries
of vessels of all rigs, sizes, and shapes, that have been lost, or involved
in a major maritime incident. It includes vessels lost on 'The Australia
Run', and vessels lost anywhere in the world, providing they have some
connection with Australia, through previous arrival in Australia, construction,
or ownership. The Encyclopedia is the definitive reference on Australian
ship losses. Such a listing has never before been achieved. That it has
now been published is due to the extensive primary research of some three
hundred authors of shipwreck and maritime publications.
objective is to provide a short entry for each vessel, with relevant physical
details, history, and information on her loss or incident. This is followed
by a code to a published book or reference so as to provide the reader
with a means of finding further information; the encyclopedia is thus very
much a bibliography. The ship listing may also include other incidents
relevant to the vessel, an indication if her actual location if known,
and her condition as she lies on the seabed, shore or reef.
of Australian Shipwrecks is a most valuable reference for divers,
geneologists, maritime archaeologists, maritime historians - indeed anyone
interested in our maritime heritage.
dustjacket, 1232 pages, 190 x 250 mm portrait size, a small number of photographs,
40 maps, gazetteer, glossary, bibliography, chronology, statistics, and
plus $9.00 postage anywhere in Australia (includes GST).
orders welcome of course.
LAST NEW GUINEA SALVAGE PIRATE
At the end of the Pacific
war, the islands north of Australia were littered with thousands of tons
of Japanese naval and merchant ships. Some readily accessible ships were
legally salvaged for their non-ferrous materials soon after the end of
hostilities. However, hundreds of vessels remained untouched, or just superficially
salvges, in the sixties and seventies, tempting private salvors to seek
their fortune. Some did so legally, some without salvage rights, and others
did it both ways. Fritz Herscheid was such a person, a young, adventurous
man who arrived in Rabaul in 1967 as a diesel mechanic, learnt to dive
- and the rest is now documented history. This is a fascinating biography
of literally death-defying dives at depths far below the accepted level
on air, of encounteres with marine life that protested at the intrusion
into their environment, of legal and illegal salvage of propellers and
condenser tubes and anything else of value in an often hositile and competitive
environment. Many of the vssels mentioned will be recognised by sport divers
who have, later, visited Papua New Guinea, particularly to Rabaul, New
Ireland and New Hanover, and mainland northern PNG. The book gives a down-to-earth
personal account of some fifteen years of constant danger with with explosives,
dive equipment, salvage vssels and bureacracy - and the many encounters
with sharks, both in and out of the water! It chronicles th determination
and fierce rivalry between salvagers, the risks and gains, of stupidity
and intuitiveness, and the actual and close calls with death in remote
locations rarely visited by the white man. No book has ever covered such
a topic. The book also provides a comprehensive shipwreck reference of
known diveable wrecks in PNG waters. A remarkable book and a wonderful
contribution to our documented maritime and military knowledge of the Pacific.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 496
pages, mono and colour prints. $56.00
Stone's DIVE AUSTRALIA
Handbook for Scuba Divers.
guide to diving in Australia. This fourth edition, published in 1999, takes
the reader on a circumnavigation of Australia's coastline, the off-shore
islands, and the Great Barrier Reef, visiting the major dive sites, and
noting the dive sites and facilities available. Marine reserves, boating
and other laws affecting divers are included for each state. Further chapters
cover historic shipwrecks, dive clubs and associations, government departments,
and relevant laws are included.
books is well illustrated with 190 photographs and 36 maps. An excellent
guide for the novice, experienced or visiting diver. Softcover, 608p
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Loney and Peter Stone
6 in the series - AUSTRALIAN SHIPWRECKS.
dustjacket, 360 pages, mono photographs.
those vessels lost between the United Kingdom and Australia.
the final book in the series, The Australia Run stands alone in its coverage
of the vessels lost, not only on Australian shores, but enroute to or from
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||THE LADY AND
Life and Loss of the S.S. President Coolidge.
(Wrecked off Espiritu Santo
on 26 October, 1942.)
Covers the loss of the liber/troopship
due to a 'friendly' mine in the approach channels to the US base at Espirity
Santo, New Hebrides (now Vanuaru). Includes the 'evacuation' of the sinking
ship in which two lives were lost, the several enquiries held, aimed at
finding a scapegoat - the civilian captain of course.Diving the ship, classed
as the 'largest accesible shipwreck in the world', is covered in some detail.
Also included is the loss of thedestroyed USS Tucker. A great book for
the diver and also for the men and families of the five thousand servicement
on board who did not avoid their duty at Guadalcanal - merely delayed it
for a few months. Third edition now available.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 320
pages, plus sixteen colour plates, maps, deck charts. $56.00
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his many publications and lectures, Jack Loney is well known as Australia's
leading shipwreck author, with more than thirty years research experience.
His books and booklets, numbering over one hundred, have entertained, educated
and encourged thousands of divers, sailors and indeed anyone interested
in our important maritime heritage. The Wrecks On...... Series of
books, published by Lonestone Press, (an imprint of Oceans Enterprises),
covers the whole of the Australian mainland coastline, except for Victoria
which is represented in the hardcover book Victorian Shipwrecks,
and the two smaller books, Wrecks on the Gippsland Coast and Wrecks
Along the Great Ocean Road. Each of the Wrecks On.... books
has over 160 pages of wrecks in chronological order or loss, with more
than eighty photographs and maps, printed on fine quality paper. The text
is concise, yet where warranted, a separate chapter may be devoted to an
important wreck or incident. Sidebars (blocks of highlighted text) break
up the book into a highly readable presentation. And for the researcher,
each book has four separate indexes: ships, people, places, and general.
on the NEW SOUTH WALES COAST, (160 pages) $22.00
on the QUEENSLAND COAST, (160 pages) $22.00 **
SORRY - OUT OF PRINT ***
on the SOUTH AUSTRALIAN COAST, (160 pages) $22.00
on the WESTERN AUSTRALIAN COAST (196 pages) $26.00**
SORRY - OUT OF PRINT ***
Foster and Peter Stone.
prophetically titled, this excellent book gives a detailed description
of the fifteen major war wrecks in Rabaul Harbour. Several of these may
never be dived again - the Hakkai and the Kensin were buried during the
1994 eruptions. The book commences with a brief war history before launching
into a detailed hold-by-hold description of the ships, and aircraft - and
the crane off the Kokopo Road. Detailed drawings and photographs are included.
medium format, 158 pages, mono and colour plates.
TO FREEDOM - The Fall of Rabaul.
as the definitive work on the invasion of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea in January
1942, and the subsequent events that led to the bombing of the harbour,
Hostages to Freedom - The Fall of Rabaul is one of the most comprehensive
books on World War 2. Chapters of interest to divers are devoted to identification
and diving the shipwrecks in the harbour, and aircraft wrecks in the vicinity
and elsewhere in New Britain and New Guinea. A significant section covers
the post-war salvage of ships, aircraft and war surplus. This is truly
a remarkable book and has been exceptionally well reviewed. Whereas it
is predominantly a war history, it is also one of the most thorough publications
documenting the loss of ships and aircraft in WW 2.
0 646 24124 9.
large format, dust jacket, 598 pages, gloss art paper, maps, charts, 560
photographs, extensive appendix, index and bibliography.
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Diver's LOG BOOK
as being one of the most practical logbooks in the world, The Oceans Enterprises'
Log Book has a full page (140 x 210mm) for each dive, with the majority
of space available for diver comment. A separate section may be used to
record photographic details. Each book covers over ninety dives. Provision
is also provided for personal details, emergency contacts and health information,
dive qualifications, tank and regulator test recording, equipment record,
E.C.C., and E.A.R. charts, dive planning, and hand signals. Over 20,000
are in use in Australia alone. Board cover, heavy, quaility stock
further description, and a look at the main log page, enter on image.
instruction schools and shops - enter here for special
log book offer - having your own front cover printed.
under water with an ordinary pencil.
most valuable tool for the diver and any person involved in water activities.
Ideal for keeping observation notes,or simply to communicate with a buddy.
Used by marine biologists and other professional divers. Also ideal for
land-based water sports such as canoeing, sailing, cross-country skiing
and hiking. Slips into dive-vest for easy access.
sheets 90x 130mm size, spiral bound, with stiff plastic covers for ease
may be torn off or remain in pad.
metal - thus no rusting.
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TIGRE - Frank Holland, M.B.E., Commando, Coastwatcher.
rescue operations in New Britain; 'Z' Special Unit Operations in Portuguese
Timor and Borneo. Editor: Peter Stone
Holland was called ‘El Tigre' - The Tiger - by the Timorese as a measure
of respect for the man. He was a man who led a most adventurous and
interesting life, migrating from England to Australia as a youth, working
on farms in far north Queensland, prospecting for gold, and working in
the timber industry in New Britain. But it was the Japanese invasion of
New Guinea that brought out the true mettle of the man.This publication
tells the story of how Frank Holland was instrumental in bringing about
the evacuation of troops from New Britain after the enemy had taken Rabaul.
Holland joined 'Z' Special Unit, operating in Timor, engaged in guerilla
warfare; and in Borneo where he accepted the surrender of the local Japanese
commander. The publication provides a permanent record of operations in
New Britain, Timor and Borneo, and in addition to becoming an interesting
personal story of a remarkable man.
dustjacket, 240p, biblio, index, photographs.
IN TIME - Living History in Australia.
is a unique book, as it covers the events around Australia that actively
demonstrate our wonderful history - reenactments of past events, fantasies
aboard sailing ships, paddle-steamers, bi-planes and steam trains that
are open to the public, visits to old pioneer towns and homesteads. This
is a must for anyone interested in Australian history, and can be used
to build weekends or holiday activities based on a sence of active participation,
or at least seeing history be re-lived. The book covers all Australia,
with over 260 events.
0 9586657 0 2
214 pages, maps, mono and colour prints.
History of the Yarram and District Health Service.
town didn't want a hospital - after all, the township of Sale was only
a days trek on a horse. But persistence prevailed and in October 1914 the
Yarram and District Hospital was opened. But someone forgot about the beds.
The first patients arrived in January 1917. From these 'Yes, Minister!'
days, the hospital had grown to provide one of the finest rural health
services in Australia. The isolation of Yarram has resulted in its own
problems, but also has led to the retention of the hospital amidst strict
cost-cutting by the Victorian government. This is a splendid history, factual
and yet written in an easily-read style with many anecdotes. Although of
parochial concern, there is much of interest on early health practices
in Australia, and the development of rural health services. ISBN 0 9586657
and softcover, 292 pages, many mono photographs.
June 1997. Availability from Yarram and District Health Service.
Road, Yarram, Vic 3971, Australia. Phone (03) 5182 0222
Hardcover: $25.00. Softcover: $15.00 plus GST.
STORIES AND TERRIFIC TALES
the children of the primary schools of Alberton, Alberton West, Binginwarri,
Carrajung, Carrajung South, Devon North, Port Albert, Port Welshpool, St.Mary's,
Won Wron, Woodside, and Yarram.
marvellous book was inspired by author Jeanette Rowe during a visit to
the South Gippsland region in 1993, as part of the Making Good Writers'
Project. Children have the greatest imagination, uninhibited by tradition
and trend, nor by demands of conventional literature. Snappy Stories and
Terrific Tales (a title provided by one of the children) is an anthology
of the innocent mind - short stories and drawings, poems and observations,
by over one hundred children from twelve primary schools in the South Gippsland
rural region of eastern Victoria. It is a book for all ages, for there
is nothing more wonderful, more naive - and funny - than a child.
0 646 16834 7.
198 pages, A4 size, five colour plates.
of print but enquiries welcome.