OF AUSTRALIAN SHIPWRECKS
Other Maritime Incidents.
rather large volume 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. The 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.
Encyclopedia 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.
OF AUSTRALASIAN MERCHANT SHIPS
A Listing of Non-sail-powered
Australian, New Zealand and South Pacific Merchant Ships.
This is an excellent refence
for the shipwreck enthgusiast, diver and researcher. It is the first single
reference source listing the technical details and histories of a huge
number of Australian, New Zealand and South Pacific merchant ships over
45 feet in length since the first steamer arrived in Australia in 1831
through to the present time. With 7,500 entries, this landmark work contains
far more information on the subject than any previous publication. Where
the information could be obtained, the record includes gross tonnage, year
built, ship type, dimensions, builder, build location, original owner and
subsequent names and owners and periods of ownership, as well as final
fate. Softcover, A4 landscape format, 316 pages. $58.00.
||A GUIDE TO
SOUTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES SHIPWRECKS
Tom Byron. $28.00
This excellent book is ideal
for those wishing to dive or learn more about the ships sunk off the southern
NSW coast. Eighty-seven ships are covered, most are steamers, and most
have the GPS location markings, and/or visual guides, and location charts.
Site information is covered and a history of the vessel, and its final
moments. Includes 116 illustrations. The wrecksite drawings are of prticular
Softcover, 160 pages, mono
photographs, charts, drawings, ship index, quick reference of losses, list
of ships known to have been lost but not found. And includes a CD-ROM.
||AN ATLAS HISTORY
OF AUSTRALIAN SHIPWRECKS
maps and diving notes.
Published by A.H. &
A.W. Reed Pty Ltd., Sydney, 1981.
It covers, somewhat briefly,
the major wrecks in each of the states of Australia, particularly
those shipwrecks that can and have been dived on, and significant strandings.Condsiering
the other material available by Jack, it does not add significantly to
our wreck knowledge, but is a most hndy reference when considering the
total coastline of Australia. Hardcover, dustjacket, 120 pages, index,
bibliography, mono photographs, a few colour plates. $35.00. As NEW condition.
HOSPITAL SHIP CENTAUR
Myth of Immunity.
Milligan and John C.H. Foley.
sub sinks hospital ship!' screamed the world's press in May 1943. The unarmed
and brilliantly lit ship was suppoosedly immune from attack, but diown
she went to a Japanese torpedowith the loss of 268 of the complement of
332. The death toll was the highest of any merchant vessel sunk by submarine
in the Pacific during World War 2. Fifty years later however the innocence
of the ship has been questioned - was she carry munitions? This is a remarkable
book, exceptionally well researched with a forward by Professor Geoffrey
Blainey. It asks many questions, and resolves a few. Great reading.
338 pages, mainly mono prints.
Jack Loney and Peter Stone.
Neptune Press, 1980.
Concerns the many shipwrecks
off the surrouning islands of Australi: King, Kangaroo, Furneuax Group,
Kent Group, Abrolhos, Rottnest, Wardang, Norfolk, Lord Howe, Fraser, Stradbroke
and Moreton, the eastern coast ilands, the Barrier Reef islands, the Torres
Strait islands, middleton and Elizabeth reefs, and Macquarie Island. Does
not include Tasmania. The history of each vessel is quite extensive and
there is generally details of how the wreck now lies, and diving information.
Softcover, a4 size, 117 pages, index, further reading, mono photographs,
some colour plates, appendix.
Now well out of print. Only
one copy available. $30.00 *** SORRY
- SOLD ***May be able to find another copy.
True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodist Mutiny.
true story of mutiny, shipwreck, murder an survival".
tragic sago of the Dutch East Indiaman Batavia, lost off the Western Australian
cost in 1628, has been told many times, and rightly so, for it is a true
story that no writer of fictiuon could imagine. Unlike the reality of our
early history, of which the Batavia plays but a minor part, the baddies
do get their just deserts. Led by one man, the evil Jenonimus Cornelisz,
some 120 people died by his hand or his orders, for no reason other than
they did not suit his purpose. This book is a master of research, providing
an entry into the power of the Dutch East India Company, which lasted more
than 200 years, and the control of the spices trade from the Indies. Someone
will make a film of this one day - and it won't be pretty viewing. (My
choice - Alan Rickman for Cornelisz, Anthony Hopkins for Commander Pelseart,
and Mel Gibson as an occasional fish).
||BAY STEAMERS AN COASTAL
FERRIES - UPDATE
This is in effect a second
volume to the book of the same name. It refers to the Bass Strait ferries
between Melbourne and the Tasmanian ports of Hobart, Launceston, and Devonport;
also to King Island; and the victorian western ports of Port Fairy and
Warrnambool, and to Lakes Entrance to the east. Covers also the wonderful
Port Phillip excursion ferries, and general ferries within Port Phillip.
Softcover, oblong (landscape)
format, 92 pages, index, bibliography, mono photographs.
$24.00 One copy only.
FOR THE COLONY
1797 wreck of the merchant ship Sydney Cove.
as the first significant recorded shipwreck on the eastern side of the
Australian continent, the Sydney Cove was beached on Preservation Island
in the Furneaux Group, eastern Bass Strait on 9 February 1797. The voyage
by boat and land back to Sydney by some of the crew, the deaths and rescue
of he others, the discovery of Bass Strait, the salvage of the rum and
the eventual re-discovery and excavation of the wreck site make Cargo for
the Colony the most significant maritime publication on a single shipwreck
in Australia since Hugh Edwards' Islands of Angry Ghosts.
This is not just a shipwreck narrative. It is about our early existence
in a hostile country, the greed and skill of early mariners, and the
ambitions of our early settlers. From the early trade links, to the
archaeological excavation of the site, this is a must for all Australians
and anyone interested in early maritime adventures.
dust jacket, 200 pages, fully illustrated in mono and colour.
THEY PERISHED - THE CATARAQUI, AUSTRALIA'S WORST SHIPWRECK
Andrew Lemon and Majorie
It is generally claimed
to be Australia's worst civil disaster, wrecked on the rugged shores of
King Island in August 1845. Certainly it was an horrific shipwreck with
the terrible loss of some four hundred souls, British immigrant families
of all ages, drowned or battered to death so close to their new home. This
is an exceptionally well researched book, a wonderful contribution to the
collective knowledge of our early settlement, and our maritime heritage.
It is a book of hope and courage and heartbreak. Consider this - had the
shipwrck not occurred, the chances are that you the reader would not be
doing what you are doing right now. Your circumstances in life would most
certainly be different. Such is life - or death as the case may be. And
of Autralia's greatest civil disaster? It is the ship Grimenza, lost off
Queensland in 1853. But then, the terrible loss of some 650 Chinese coollies
doesn't count in our estimation, does it!!! But thats another story.
Softcover, 188 pages, mono
prints (and one colour paste in), extensive notes and sources, and passenger
OF PORT PHILLIP BAY.
Many of the sad ships listed
were once proud clippers and barques, but even the most prestigious vessel
ends up on the seabed, the wreckers - or as cut down coal hulks. After,
perhaps, a name change, they continue to give good service storing and
carrying coal to colliers arriving at Port Phillip, until finally, their
usefulness exhusted, they are broken up, scuttled or simply abandoned.
This is most useful book by enthusiastic researcher Bob Leek, as it provides
detail on the final life of many ships that seemed to simply vanish off
the history list. Softcover, 90 pages, mono photographs. $19.50
CANNON AND ANCHOR
Recovery and Conservation of Relics from HMB Endevour.
Cook's Endevour ran aground off the northern coast of Australia in 1770,
six cannon and an anchor were abandoned. They were recovered between 1969
and 1972, and a project instituted to conserve the important artifacts.
This excellent book covered the loss of the cannon, the search and recovery,
legalities of the find, and conservation. A fascinating book, of interest
to the diver, maritime historian and material conservationist. Hardcover,
dustjacket, 96 pages, mono and colour plates, drawings.
South Wales Shipwrecks.
third in the superbly researched series on New South Wales shipwrecks by
this author. (See previously released ‘The Vanished Fleet of the Sydney
Coastline', and ‘Shipwrecks, Storms and Seamen'). Unfortunately the author
notes that it is the final book in the series. This one covers the ships:
Dandenong, Barrabool, Lady Darling, Austral, New England, Ly-ee-moon, John
T. Berry, Alhambra, Merksworth, Maitland, Hereward, Nerong, and Fitzroy.
Also includes an update on some of the vessels in the previous two books.
168 pages, mono prints.
SHIPWRECKS OF WESTERN VICTORIA .
personal account of diving the Loch Ard, Schomberg, Falls of Halladale
and other wrecks. The author was Curator at the Flagstaff Hill Maritime
COMPANY: THE LIVELY TIMES AND UNTIMELY END OF THE CLIPPER SHIP WALTER HOOD.
expectations were held of the British clipper Walter Hood, however she
was wrecked in mysterious circumstances near Ulladulla, on the east coast
of Australia in 1870. The wreck has been dived on many occasions.
oblong format, 132 pages, mono photographs.
- STOLEN LIVES.
the afternoon of 3 November 1927, Sydney residents were shocked by the
news that forty passengers on the ferry Greycliffe were dead after a collision
with the liner Tahiti in Port Jackson. Ferry transport on the magnificent
harbour remains a major means of commutation, and so the effect on the
population of Sydney was devastating - much like the Granville train disaster
in more recent times. But why did such a tragedy occur? Why did the ferry
appear to cut across the bow of the Tahiti, resulting in the wooden ferry
being splintered, capsized, crushed, rolled over and sunk? This is an immaculately
researched book, with full graphic detail of the lead-up to the collision,
the tragic event, the rescues and the inquiries. It is not only about two
ships but of the people involved, the victims, the survivors, the rescuers,
the perpetrators. The Tahiti was hardly scratched, but she too was lost
just three years later. A superb book. Hardcover, dust jacket, 211 pages,
mono photographs, extensive reading list and references, victims and survivors
lists, index. $38.00.
OF THE SCHOONER HENRIETTA
The Henrietta was initially
a Grand Banks schooner, built in 1918 at Massachusetts to different specifications
to that of the regular Australian schooner. She ended her active days on
a reef off Point Cook, Port Phillip, on 28 September 1940, and is now no
more than a pile of pig iron ballast. Yet she had an exciting life, possibly
being the vessel seen in Captins Courageous, (with Spencer Tracy). She
arrived in Australia on a world cruise in 1938, and never left, operating
on charter cruises to the Great Barrier Reef, and the Bass Strait islands.
Her life is very much part of Australia's maritime history, and has been
well documented. A most interesting booklet. Softcover, 26 pages, mono
OF ANGRY GHOSTS.
are delighted to see this superb book back in print, perhaps the finest
book written on an Australian shipwreck. A fascinating read about ‘murder,
mayhem and mutiny' when the Dutch East Indian merchantman
was wrecked on reefs of the Abrolhos Islands in 1629. What followed was
even more horrific for the survivors of the wrecking, with over 125 men,
women and children slaughtered in cold-blood by one of the most evil men
to have sailed the seas. The book is story in two parts: the loss of the
ship and the murders on tiny Beacon Island, and the location and salvage
of the ship by Western Australian divers. The author, one of Australiaa's
best known divers, was awarded the Sir Thomas White Memorial Prize for
the best book written in Australian in 1966. It has been out of print for
some time with this new revised edition appearing this year, 2000.
228 pages, mono illustrations. $34.00
We generally have hard copy 1966 first edition hardcovers available or
can obtain them through the trade when available. Usually around the $50.00
mark. We always supply with a dustjacket - either original or computer
generated facsimile - or both if you like.
Gifford D. Chapman. Roebuck
Society Publication No. 6. 1972.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 87
pages, index, mono plates.
No doubt the most authoritive
book on the shipping disasters and general losses off Kangaroo Island,
southerm South Australia.
one copy available, buit others crop up from time to time.. $65.00
... Converted into Floating
Docks, Bathing Ships and Bethal Ships of Port Phillip Bay.
Call them the forgotten
fleet if you like, but many of these workhorses led glorious lives before
being put out to pasture so to speak. Many of course were purpose built,
and because their lives were not so glamorous, they are rarely mentioned
in the historic texts. And as for their final demise, well, who cared?
Very few were actually wrecked in service - most were cut up, scuttled
or simply abandoned. But there provided an important servic on Port Phillip.
The author, a retired merchant and naval seaman, is most thorough, brought
about by a dedication to rsearch of maritime matters in Victoria. Some
150 vessels are listed, with a further 150 associated vessels included.
The text is detailed, often a chronology of events. Softcover, 152 pages,
mainly mono photos, seven in colour, index.$26.50.
MAYHEM, FIRE & STORM.
some of the major wrecks in Australian waters: the Dutch wrecks, Pandora,
Cataraqui, Dunbar, Catherine Adamson, Admella, Maria, Loch Ard, Quetta,
HMAS Sydney, Centaur, and the mysterious Mahogany Ship. Nicely put together
in the one volume, it makes for interesting reading even though most of
the ships mentioned have been covered in some detail in other publications.
An appendix covers the wreck site conditions which is useful, and rthe
biographic references are extensive. A good read, particularly if you havn't
read about these ships before.
a few mono photos and maps, 262 pages.
- SYDNEY'S LAST SHIPWRECK
John Riley and Peter Fields
Softcover, 102 pages, mono
The authors actually located
the wrecksite on Long Reef off Sydney. The Myola was a typical
collier of the time; she was lost 2 April 1919. She was an iron single
screw steamship, 655/260 tons, built England, 1913. From Newcastle to Sydney,
she foundered in rough seas near Long Reef, NSW, early 2 April 1919. One
life boat remained intact and was used by the survivors until rescued by
SS South Bulli. Four seamen lost their lives. The wrecksite discovered
in 1994. Wreckage lies in 48 metres, with the stern prop and rudder, boilers,
engine, recognisable. Tom Byron rates the wreck as having the ‘most beautiful
and exotic (marine) growth known to exist in this depth'. The book details
the history and loss of the ship and ssubsequent discovery of the wrecksite,
diving and recovery of artifacts. $22.00
||POOR SOULS, THEY PERISHED
The Cataraqui, Australia's
Andrew Lemon and Marjorie
She was more than our worst
shipwreck - she remain our most tragic civil disaster. Over four hundred
people died when the immigrant ship hit the western coast of King Island,
at the entrance to Bass Strait, in 1845. Only nine survived. Researched
in England, Canada and Australia, the very detailed book covers the political,
social and economic circumstances of those on the ship, and why they
did not reach their promised land. As the author's indicate, "it restors
the identity of the victims". For the diver, there is nothing to see beneath
the surface. On land, a stone cairn heralds its location where the visitor
can ponder on the horor of this particular shipwreck - so close to shore,
indeed, 'on the rocks', but so far from their opportunity to live a new
life. This is a book that should be compulsory rading in high school Australin
history, as it covers so much that was significant in the development of
Hardcover, 188 pages, index,
notes and sources, complete with passenger list. A few mono prints.
copy available, but only one left.
||SHIPS IN THE
CORAL Hector Holthouse.
Explorers, wrecks and Traders
of the Northern Australian Coast.
There werec two editions,
but more like two separate books; the second edition was completely rewritten.
First published by Macmillan
Co., Melbourne, Sydney. 1976. Hardcover, dustjacket, 146 pages, mono prints,
some colour plates, medium format.
Then a revised edition published
by Angus and Robertson in 1986. Hardcover, dustjacklet, 336 pages, many
mono photographs and drawings, no colour, smaller format.
A definitive work on the
ships that sailed through and along the Great Barrier Reef, to coastal
ports and out into the Pacific and north to New Guinea. Many of these ships
were lost so it is a valuable source of historic information for divers.
It is a most thorough book, with indications of early maritime contact
with the Chinese and Malays; the early xplorers such as Cook and Bligh
are featured of course, with the careening of the Endeavour in 1770 to
the grounding of the 58,000 ton tanker Oceanic Grandeur in 1970. Between
that period, more than a thousand ships have come to grief in the reef
copies of both editions generally available in excellent as new condition,
from around $45.00. Enquire.
ARCHAEOLOGY IN AUSTRALIA
Edited by Michael Nash.
"Since the loss of the Trial
(Tryal) in 1622 more than seven thousand shipwrecks have occurred in Australian
waters. A significant number of these have now been ocated - often revealing
theselves as time capsules providing fascinating insights into marine transportation,
cargoes and early colonial life." So states the blurb on the fly
of this excellent book. I would have said that the number of wrecks is
more in the order of 10,000, probably more, and that the number found is
rather insignificant when one considers the aspect of quantity - but, quite
significant if we consider the historical importance of the wrecks that
have been, and more important, competentally researched and investigated
in situ. To continue the blurb... "This is the story of how a unique underwater
resource has been consertved and protected as part of the nation's rich
maritime heritage - including wrceks associated with early exploration,
colonial trade, whaling and the introduction of steam technology. Containing
comprehensive maps and many previously unpublished photographs, Shipwrecks
Archaeology documents the work of leading maritime archaeologists on some
of Australia's most important shipwreck sites." Yes, indeed we have here
a description of exceptional woprk on several important wrecks: Batavia,
Sirius, Pandora, Sydney Cove, Rapid, Clonmel, James matthews, William Salthouse,
Water Witch, Cheviot, City of Launceston, Zanoni, Xantho and Tasman.
Each ship, ie chapter, is written by an expert in their field, a maritime
archaeologist and/or historian who has had an intimate reltionship with
the vessel. And how fortunate we are in this country to have such people
as Anderson, gesner, Green, Harvey, Henderson, Jeffery, McCarthy, Nash,
Richards, Sexton, Stanbury, Staniforth and Strachan... and many others
who have also contributed to the maritime archaeology on the wrecks. This
is a surperb book which covers my doctrine of judging an excellent publication
- the three ‘E's' - does it Educate, Entertain and Encourage: it certainly
does. It is a wonderful source of knowlegde, a great read, and an enthusiastic
inspiration for us to appreciate our mritime heritage and to preserve what
we can of its physical representations for future generations. I should
also add that the book itself is superbly prsented, which apprears typical,
it seems, of anything that Mike Nash puts his hand on.
Hardcovr, dustjacket, medium
format, 224 pages, full colour throughout, maps, drawings, photographs,
notes, bibliography, index. ***
Highly recommended *** $56.00
- Australia's Greatest Maritime Disasters
excellent read covering the expected shipwrecks - such as the Batavia,
Loch Ard, Cataraqui, Dunbar, Sirling Castle and Quetta - but also the ‘missing
in action', HMAS Sydney, the ship that stopped a city, the Lake Illawarra,
the tragic Sydney-Hobart tace of 1998, and dare we mention it, th dramatic
rescues o Bullimore and Dubois in the far souther Indian Ocean.
336 pages. Colour and mono prints is central section, index and bibliography.
AND INCIDENTS RELATING TO THE PORT OF ST. HELENS, AND UP TO EDDYSTONE POINT.
The title says it all: a
most valuable book on losses and incidents off the north-east coast of
Tasmania, from 1834 to the year 2000. "The bar at St.Helens and the off-shore
reefs proved to be a graveyard for many vesselks and fishing craft, and
this book is an attempt to collate these incidents from printed sources
and local knowledge". The author is a well known maritime historian and
lives at St.Helens.
Softcover, 58 pages, mono
and colour prints.
AROUND PORT PHILLIP HEADS.
Wealthy and Stan Bugg.
excellent book, giving details on the major shipwrecks visited, with land
bearings and GPS co-ordinates to locate each vessel. Includes submarines
and Ship's Graveyard. Just enough history to provide background to each
vessel. Particularly useful as it indicates the condition of each ship
as she lies today.
BACK IN PRINT - NEW EDITION NOW AVAILABLE ***
Bob Leek and Peter Taylor.
A small booklet of only
thirty-three pages covering some 120 vessels, including total wrecks, stranding,
burnings, sinkings and refloatings, at or nar Williamstown, on Hobsons
Bay, Port Phillip, Victoria. The description per incident is brief; the
source reference is of particular value. Index, source list, no photographs.
SHIPWRECK SERIES by DON LOVE
The following four books
make up the shipwreck series authored by Don Love, the most comprehensive
books on Victoria's shipwrecks ever published. And Don plan's for at least
one further book, on Port Phillip - and more if I can talk him into it.
Each book is $46.00. All
four books are available at a special price of $150.
And, I will guarantee that future volumes will be held at the same set
price of $37.50 each to those who have purchased the previous four in the
set in the one order. They are truly magnificent books.
OF THE EAST GIPPSLAND COAST
1 in theVictorian Shipwrecks Series. Don Love.
the fate of 129 ships lost along the East Gvippsland, Victoria, coast from
Corner Inlet on th east side of Wilsons Promontory to Cape Howe, between
the years 1797 and 1945. Complete with incident reports, and where
the wrecksite is known, details on the wreck's condition and diving possibilities.
Includes many photographs and line drawings, a chart where the known wrecks
are located, and a full list of referencs on each vessel. A most detailed
book, and a valuable contribution to our maritime knowledge. Produced with
the assistance of Heritage Victoria.
dustjacket, 180 pages, fully illustrated, index, references, bibliography.
ON THE SOUTH GIPPSLAND COAST
No.2 in the Victorian Shipwrecks
Once again the author has
come up with an excellent book, the second on the Victorian Shipwreck
series to be released. This covers eighty-four ships from Wilsons Promontory
west toward Cape Schanck, between 1839-1945. The research is thorough and
the presentation excellent, with oprimary rferences provided. Hardcover,
dustjacket, 126 pages, mono photographs, glossary, index.
AROUND PORT PHILLIP HEADS
No. 3 in the Victorian shipwreck
series. Don Love.
Don Love has continued with
his superb books on Victorian shipwrecks with the third of what will be
a six volume series. This volume explores the fate of sixty-six vessels
lost along the coast from Cape Schanck to Barwon Heads between 1840 and
1945. (It does not include the majority of losses within Port Phillip,
although the Eliza Ramsden is included, sunk within the bay after hitting
the reef at the entrance - as is th Hurricane, same scenario). The popular
George Roper, Hollyhead, Sierra Nevada, are included, and the William Salthouse,
within the bay. Entries are in chronological order of loss; there is also
a shipindex. Once again the author includes excellent drawings of artifacts,
and many underwater photographs, as well as historic images. Each entry
concludes with a comprehensive reference list for primary research, or
simply more information. The pictorial glossary is also of value. Another
definitive work on Victorian shipwrecks. Hardcover, dustjacket, 164 pages.
ON VICTORIA'S WEST COAST
No. 4 in the Victorian Shipwrecks
series. Don Love.
It is little wonder that
the tourist brochure's deem the west coast of Victoria as 'The Shipwreck
Coast'. It is here that the famous immigrant ship Loch Ard was wrecked,
as well as hundreds of others trying to enter Bass Strait from the west
after thousands of miles across the Southern Ocean. Many were lost trying
to pierce the 'eye of the needle', the narrow 60 mile gap between Cape
Otway and King Island - the Schomberg, Falls of Halladale, Children
and so many others. Add to this the many coastal vessels that met their
end between Portland and Port Phillip. The west coast of Victoria is one
of the most spectacular coastlines in Australia, yet its beauty hides its
treachery, with sheer cliffs and narrow inescapable gorges. Much has been
written of these shipwrecks, possibly moreso than any other 'shipwreck
coast' in Australia, and yet Don Love has provided further interest by
including information on the ships as they lie today and the relics that
they have given up to those scuba divers energetic enough to brave the
unpredicatble seas. This is again another exception book in the Victorian
shipwrecks series by Don Love - and there are two more to go! $46.00
of PORT PHILLIP
No. 5 in the Victorian Shipwrecks
series. Don Love.
Exploring the fate of 173
vessels lost within Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia - from 1840 to 1943.
The fifth and final book
in the magnificent shipwreck series for Victorian waters. Superbly written
and produced as usual, the 226 pages contain many mono photographs,
prints and artifact drawings. An appendix of shipwrecks that survived to
sail another day is included; a pictorial glossary of nautical terms, an
index of shipwrecks and an index of people and organisations. Each vessel
is listed with references for further reading and research. An excellent
read and reference on the many vessels lost in the bay including (of course)
Agnes, City of Launceston, Gambier, Henrietta, Kakariki, Lightning, Milora,
Wauchope. A companion volume to Volume 3, Shipwrecks Around Port Phillip
OF THE NEW SOUTH WALES CENTRAL COAST. Vol 1 1800-1899.
books begs comparison with those by Loney, Gleeson and Richards. Being
specific in time period and region, the author is able to expand on details
of the wrecks in the region from Wollongong north to Newcastle. References
are sited with each wreck description, thus assisting those who wish to
take their own research further.
128 pages, mono.
I said it was no longer available. Good news - yes, it is. Contact the
author directly at
is a great guy and will be able to supply.
STORMS AND SEAMEN.
author of ‘The Vanished Fleeet of the Sydney Coastline' has complemented
his previous excellent book with more tales of mayhem on the New South
Wales Coast. This new volume covers in detail the wrecks of the Catterthun,
Cawarra, Keilawarra, Oakland, Bega, Advance, Currajong, Satara, Macleay,
Wandra, and Merimbula. Gleeson's meticulous research is matched
by mono and colour photographs, and in situ drawings of the wrecks
by Steve Purvis giving an excellent appreciation of what remains on each
site. Softcover, 168 pages.
History of the Imperial Japanese Navy Fleet Submarine Sunk in Northern
Territory Waters. The historic Japanese submarine lies on the bottom of
the Timor Sea and has been protected under the Commonwealth Historic Shipwreck
Act, the only enemy vessel to have been so declared. Controversy surrounds
the submarine - its war operations, subsequent salvage attempts and now
Australian government protection. This is an excellent read, the closest
we will get to know the submarine.
132 pages, mono, large (A4) format.
||THE AUSTRALIAN AND NEW
ZEALAND LIST OF VESSELS LOST, MISSING OR TAKEN FROM ACTIVE SERVICE 1874-1949.
This is a most comprehensive
list of some 5700 vessels, in tabulated format of vessel name, rig, tonnage,
port of registry, date of build, particulars and date, based on the Register
of Australian and New Zealand Shipping. This register was published annually
by the Marine Underwriters and Salvge Association of Victoria Limited from
the returns furnished by the customs authoritoes in Australi, New Zealand,
Fiji and New Guinea. The author acknbowledges there were errors in the
register as to be expected from any hand-written and maintained register.
A most valuable tool for the mritime historian and enthusiast.
Softcover, 184 pages. $28.60.
BELLS OF SUNDA STRAIT
by Rigby limited, 1971. Harcover, dust jacket, 134 pages, mono and colour
ever a wrecksite (or two) be inaccessible, then surely th sites of HMAS
Perth and USS Houston rate a mention. Lost during the easrly months of
the Pacific war, they went down courtesy of Japanese dive bombers, off
the north-west Java cost, at the north-east entrance to Sunda Strait. The
author is not one to let a challenge go by, so in 1969 he set out to locate
and dive the vessels. This is his story. It is, in many rspects, irrelevant
that he had the hardship of diving with only one leg, but Dave Burchell
would not regard that in any way as a hardship. (See his autobiography
Foot in the Grave, an My World).
out of print; secondhand sometimes available, around $40.00
loss of the Dunbar off Port Jackson heads on the night of 20 August,
1857, with the loss of 121 lives out of a complement of 122. Just what
did happen to the British clipper after her long journey - so near to the
end of her journey.
126 pages, mono photographs.
KOOLAMA INCIDENT In The Timor Sea, 1942.
motor vessel Koolam was attacked by three Japanese dive bombers in the
Timor Sea in Fenruary 1942, and limped ashore on th far north-west coast
of Autrali. One huindred and sixty crew and passengers made the shore safely.
After establishing a camp, the master and som crew retuned to th ship and
managed with great difficulty to free her. In thge meantime, the land survivors
were having their own hardships but after a courageous rescue effort with
the assistance of aborigines, and Bennedictine monks, most made the one
hundred and fifty kilometre trek through some of the harshest of Australia's
bush, to safety at the mission, and then on to Wyndham. In the meantime,
the Koolama limped into Wyndham, only to be bombed again at the jetty.
She rolled on her starboard side and was a total loss. The book covers
these land and sea incidents and the acrimony between the master and the
chief engineer - hence the subtitle, Malice or Mutiny. An interesting read,
and a valuable contribution to our wartime and maritime history.
215 pages, mono plates.
QUETTA - Queensland's Worst Disaster.
story of the loss of RMS Quetta in the Torres Strait in 1890 with the loss
of 134 lives - only five women were saved, including a baby girl. The ship
has been relocated and dived upon. This is an incredible story of hardship
and tragedy, exceptionaly well researched by the author. The history of
the ship, her last voyage, subsequent inquiry, and the survival of the
women are well covered in detail.
162 pages, mono and several underwater colour photographs.
of print, no longer available; second-hand copies occasionally pop up.
FIRST AND LAST VOYAGE OF THE BATAVIA.
is a beautifully produced full-colour hardcover book detailing the loss
and subsequent massacre of 'survivors' of the Dutch ship in the Abrolhos
islands off the Western Australian Coast in 1629. The underwater photographs
are particularly interesting, as the book covers the post discovery period,
and raising of materials. The tragic history of the ship and its occupants
is covered in detail, with descriptive drawings provided where photographs
were not available. The discovery of the Batavia is fascinating. A marvellous
book for anyone interested in the underwater world, and in Australian history
format, hardcover, dustwrapper, 336 pages, full colour.
VANISHED FLEET OF THE SYDNEY COASTLINE.
on from his excellent book on the Yongala, Sydney diver Gleeson has produced
another superb book on the wrecks in Port Jackson and nearby ocean sites.
The 168 pages of medium format, softcover book contain many mono photographs,
and sixteen informative and creative colour photographs. Wrecks include
the Birchgrove Park, Undola, Annie M Miller plus a dozen others.
A must for all wreck divers and those interested in maritime history.
WRECK OF THE BARQUE STEFANO.
Stefano was wrecked off the north-west coast of Australia in 1875. Ten
men struggled ashore. Some were driven to cannibalism (which is just down
the road near Geraldton), and only two survived, rescued by aborigines,
and then returned to civilisation by a pearling lugger. Their home base
was Dubrovnik, in what we used to call Yugoslavia. This is quite an incredible
OF THE SAILING SHIP NETHERBY. A Miracle of Survival.
The author is ell known
for his other excellent publications on shipwrecks off the Victorian coast,
and other titles relating to war and maritime history. This book covers
the loss of the ship and the rescue of some 450 immigrants from the shipwreck
of the Netherby just south of the township of Currie on the west coast
of King Island, western Bass Strait, in 1866. Softcover, saddl stiched,
48 pages, colour and mono prints, charts, passenger list.
SHIPWRECKS. Vol 1. 1797 - 1899.
Broxam and Michael Nash.
dount the definitive work on the shipwrecks of Tasmania, including those
off ther Bass Strait Islands. An exceptionally well rehearsed book, one
of the finest maritime history titles published in Australia. Detail is
extensive. Some diving information. Many interesting photographs.Hardcover,
SHIPWRECKS Vol 2, 1900-1999.
Broxam, Michael Nash.
on from their excellent Volume One, which covers the earliest shipwreck
(Sydney Cove, 1797) to 1899, Volume Two continues the superb research,
writing and overall book design commenced with the earlier edition. The
two volumes will remain the definitive work on Tasmanian shipwrecks, and
continues the traditions of excellence commenced by early maritime writer
Harry O'May, and later, Kerr, Loney and Parsons. A most valuable contribution
to Australia's maritime history, and a must for anyone intersted in Australian
dustjacket, 400 pages, many mono photogrqphs.
be sold as a set only. $160.00
TRAGEDIES AND TRIUMPHS OF) THE BATAVIA COAST.
Cramer has had a remarkable life. As the primary discoverer of the Dutch
merchantman Batavia in the Abrolhos Islands, he has been actively involved
in the Dutch wrecks along the Western Australian coast. His discovery and
early diving on the wrecks makes for fascinating reading as they are a
first-hand contemporary account of diving and, eventually, maritime archaeology.
It tells of his early days at Shark Bay, hard-hat and commercial diving,
treasure, spearfishing, and replica ships. The discovery and subsequent
excavation of the Batavia is covered in some detail, as are the other Dutch
wrecks Gilt Dragon, Zutydorp and Zeewyk. Other shipwrecks
mentioned are the Georgette, Mayhill, Stanford, Stefano, and HMAS
Sydney. A great read with down to earth writing and fascinating detail.
(laminated boards) 332p, mainly mono photos and diagrams, with eight
YONGALA Townsville's Titanic.
the afternon of March 23, 1911, the Adelaide Steamship Company's steamer
Yongala left Mackay, North Queensland for Townsville. Within twelve hours,
all 121 crew and passengers went down with the ship during a fierce cyclone.
Forty-seven years were to pass before her remains were positively identified.
She is now one of the most popular scuba dives in Ausralian' waters. This
excellent, revised book, tells the story of events leading up to her loss,
and the subsequent discovery of her last resting place.
120 pages, mono and colour plates.
Mark Ryan, Peter Taylor
& Mick Whitmore
Hardcover, dustjacket, 159
pages, mono prints, index, references.
Covers forty-six ships (including
four submarines) scuttled in or near the official ships graveyard outside
Port Phillip heads, off Barwqon Heads. Many of these vessels are regularly
visited by scuba divers, and several have been located by the authors.
These are the most comprehensivehistoric descriptions of the vessels that
have met their end in the graveyard. The book is toitally historic with
no detail on the current condition of the vessels, nor diving practices
to be adopted on each vessel. A very important book for thosse withing
to know more about the old abandoned vessels that they dive on.
SHIPWRECK NOTICE TO MARINERS 1841-2003
The Notice to Mariners was
published in the New South Wales gazette and then after Victoria was formed,
in the Victoian state gazette, advising mariners of all manner of information
relating to shipwrecks, floating wreckage, buoys, and anything else relevent
to the course of their profession. This small but very handy reference
provides relevent extracts of information of interest to today's scuba
divers, and anyone interested in our mritime history.
Soft cover, 102 pages.
- FROM ARISTOCRAT TO TRAMP
Some ships struggle through
life, perform their duties, and die on a reef or at the shipbreakers without
achieving any great success. The Wanderer was no exception, although initially
the auxiliary schooner led a glamous life. She was built at Greenock in
1879, ".. the most modern, most luxurious steam yacht ever built... she
was the epitome of luxury travel". Designed to carry just one family on
a world cruise, she had a crew of over fifty - and a parrot. Initialy owned
by the wealthy Charles Joseph Lambert, she went through a number of ownership
and name changes - Vagus, Consuelo, Investigator, and finally Sea Lark
III in 1920 when sold to Patrick Steamship Co., of Sydney. She ended her
days as a tramp steamer, and was finally scrapped around 1925.Based on
the papers of the Lambert family, this is a fascinating read.
Softcover, 160 pages, many
mono prints, bibliography. $34.00
||UNFINISHED VOYAGES -
Western Australian Shipwrecks 1851-1880.
Graeme and Kandy-Jane Henderson.
Published by University
of Western Australia Press, 1988. One of three volumes in the series covering
Western Australian Shipwrecks.
Graeme Henderson joined
the W.A. Museum in 1969, and has assisted and later guided the development
of the maritime section of the museum through the Dutch shipwreck era,
and the colonial years. The book is detailed, and of exceptional value
in that it provides a detailed list of sources of information. The Hendersons
can also add relevant diving information to the wrecks. A most imporetant
work in chronicling Australia's early maritime history. Hardcover, oblong
(landscape) format, dustjacket, 308 pages, index, bibliography, mono photographs.
one copy available. NEW copy. $55.00
LIED? The Ly-ee-Moon Disaster and a Question of Truth.
The iron single screw steamer
is known to divers although few have managed to dive the treacherous last
resting place of the 1202 ship off Green Cape lighthouse. She was the fastest
paddle steamer launched in England, with a speed of 17 knots. Two funnels
and three evenly-spaced masts gave her a pleasing appearance, before conversion
to screw in 1873. Under Captain A. Webber, she left Melbourne for Sydney
on 29 May 1886. A day later she met her end on the rocks close under the
Green Cape lighthouse, 30 May 1886. She was carrying a large complement
of passengers for Sydney and Brisbane, many of whom were journeying north
to escape the Victorian winter. With heavy seas pounding her, she broke
in two almost immediately, and the forward section, containing the saloon
and forecastle, was swept close in shore. Dozens were trapped below and
drowned as the ocean swept through the ship, smashing internal fittings
to With the aid of the light keepers a line was secured to the wreck; five
saloon passengers and eleven members of the crew survived, but all the
steerage passengers were lost - total of seventy-one lives lost. At the
inquiry, the master found guilty of gross negligence and required to forfeit
his certificate. But who was at fault - the captain or third officer -
who lied at the inquiry? The book describes the tragedy and explores the
conflict between the two. A very interesting book indeed, well reserached
and a pleasure to read despite the dreadful circumstances of the loss of
life so close to shore. Softcover, 104 pages, many mono photoghraphs, index,
bibliography, endnotes. $26.95.
AND SHIPWRECKS IN QUEENSLAND WATERS - VOLUME 1. Lance Paterson.
last we have a book that covers the Queensland wrecks and mishaps in some
detail, with extensive contemporary observations, inquiries and newspaper
reports. Over four hundred ships have been listed, and as this is
only volume 1, we can expect more volumes. The wrecks are listed in alphabetic
order, with no apparent procedure as to what is included, but the major
wrecks are listed. Some 170 photographs are included. This is a valuable
contribution to Queensland's maritime history and will be of special interest
to divers. Softcover, A4 size, double-column printed, 204 page, mono prints,
index of ships, and masters, location list, year of loss list, bibliography
AND SHIPWRECKS IN QUEENSLAND WATERS. Volume 2. Lance Paterson.
detailed description of Queensland shipwrecks follos on from Volume One,
with 170 photographs and details of some three hundred ships, in alphabetic
order. Softcover, A4 size, double-column printed, 172 page, mono prints,
index of ships, and masters, location list, year of loss list, bibliography
DIVING IN SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND
The value of such an excellent
book such as this results from not only the deication of the author toward
historic research but moreso from his actual ‘hands-on'experience of the
wrecks and locality. As proprietor of the charter boat Esperance Star,
Trevor has dived southern Queensland extensively, and with his passion
for wrecks and the ability to string more than two words together, he had
povided a very interesting, well written and valuable book. It commences
with an overview of shipwrecks: ‘shipwreck anatomy', identification, safety
and artifact restoration, before over one hundred pages on the known wrecks,
and those ships lost yet due to be found. The history and cause of the
loss, and how she now lies, is complemented by the author's own experiences.
GPS marks add to the value. A chapter on Looking for AHS Centaur is interesting.
A valuable historic and diving reference. Softcover, mono and colour photographs,
208 pages, references. $35.00
longer available - may be reprinted - register your interest.**
western entrance to Bass Strait was notorious for bringing to a premature
end many ships, passengers and crew after crossing the Indian and Southern
Oceans on their way from England to Port Phillip. An attempt at threading
the narrow pass between King Island and Cape Otway was fraught with danger,
requiring astute seamanship and a hell of a lot of luck. The western coastline
of Victoria (Australia) is dotted with tragedy. The author explains why
this is so, and covers in detail the wreck of the Loch Ard, Schomberg,
Marco Polo and Lightning, all of which have been subsequently
located and dived.This is the 1988 second edition of the book initially
published in 1977. An excellent book.
194 pages, mono photographs.
IN DARWIN WATERS.
tell me Darwin harbour is not the best place to dive, but Tom Lewis has
done an excellent job in telling us what we are missing. The writing is
tight and yet detailed, with excellent mono photographs. Softcover, medium
format, 98 pages.
out of print, no longer available.
OF THE ADMELLA.
in 1966. The coastal steamer was wrecked off the south coast South Australia
in 1859. Eighty-nine lives were lost from a complement of 113, and yet
the ship was less than a mile from shore. Hardcover, dust jaclet, 184 pages,
well illustrated. The definitive work.
copies, when available. Prices vary, generally
OF THE LOCH ARD.
in 1971. The well-known Victorian ship was wrecked near Port Campbell in
dust jacket, 120 pages, well illustrated. The definitive work.
copies, when available. Prices vary, generally
|AUSTRALIAN SHIPWRECKS SERIES
series commenced in 1972 with author Charles Bateson, published by A.H
& A.W.Reed. After Bateson passed away, Jack Loney was seconded by the
publishers to write volume two, which was published in 1980. Jack continued
with the series under new publisher List Publishing, and volume three was
released in 1982. In 1987, Jack released volume four under his own imprint,
Marine History Publications, and followed this in 1991 with volume five,
an update of the previous four volumes. Finally, Volume Six, no doubt the
last in the series, was called The Australia Run, and was authored by Jack
Loney, with additional information added after Jack passed away in 1995
by Peter Stone. This was released in year 2000, again under Marine History
Publications under Jack's widow, Padge Loney.
titles are out of print, with the exception of Volume 5 (soft cover only),
and Volume 6.
SHIPWRECKS VOLUME 1 (1622-1850). Charles Bateson.
in 1972. Including vessels wrecked enroute to or from Australia, and some
strandings. Hardcover, dustjacket. 268 pages. Illustrated throughout.
hand copies only, when available.
vary - generally around $100.00
SHIPWRECKS VOLUME 2 (1851 - 1871). Jack Loney.
dustjacket, 238 pages.
hand copies only, when available.
vary - generally around $120.00
SHIPWRECKS VOLUME 3 (1871 - 1900). Jack Loney.
in 1982. Limited edition. Hardcover, dustjacket, 296 pages. Second hand
copies only, when available.
only, when available.
print run of only 1500 copies so second-hand copies are rare.
vary - generally around $200.00
SHIPWRECKS VOL 4 (1901-1986) - Jack Loney.
definitive work. Australian wrecks this century.
290 pages, 140 photos.
copies available, $65.00
SHIPWRECKS VOL 5 (1622-1990 Update)
is the fifth edition of the series. The volume updates a further
1000 shipwrecks since 1622, and includes wrecks up to 1990. Limited Edition,
out of print.
copies come to hand occasionallyl in both hard and soft cover.
SHIPWRECKS VOLUME SIX
Loney and Peter Stone.
those vessels lost between the United Kingdom and Australia. Although
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 Australia. Includes the loss of the ayleur, Royal Charter,
London and many others off tyhe Australian coast, as well as the losses
from England on the Australian coast so close to their destination.
dustjacket, 360 pages, mono photographs.
copies available. $56.00
|JACK LONEY PUBLICATIONS
also Australian Shipwreck series, above.
SHIPWRECKS and LOCATIONS
the Victorian coastline. All $12 until stocks exhausted.
Various pages. Mono photographs.
THE RED. $8.00
GROUP, BASS STRAIT.
GATES, (Port Macquarie), TASMANIA.
ISLAND, BASS STRAIT.
RIP, PORT PHILLIP, VICTORIA.
ALONG THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD.
the wreck from Point Lonsdale at the entrance to Port Phillip, through
to Portland, ie the western coastline of Victoria.
144 pages, mono photographs.
ALONG THE GIPPSLAND COAST
those shipwrecks from Point Nepean at the entrance to Port Phillip, through
to the New South Wales boarder, ie eastern Victoria.
120 pages, mono photographs.
OF THE BASS STRAIT TRIANGLE.
wrecks and mysteries of Bass Strait. Several very fascinating stories.
What happened to Great Expectations; the incredible disappearance of Frederick
Valentich; and the Glasgow Citizen? Fascinating reading. Softcover, 112
illustrated history of major shipwrecks, collisions, fires and strandings
in Bass Strait from 1797'. An excellent collection of photographs, with
extensive captions but little added text.
oblong format, 128 pages. $18.00
SEA WAR IN BASS STRAIT.
people realise that German raiders and Japanese submarines stalked shipping
in Bass Strait between Tasmania and mainland Ausstralia in both wars leaving
a legacy of their destruction on the seabed. Covers the freighters City
of Rayville and Cambridge amongst others.
definitive guide to shipwrecks off the Victoria (Australia) coastline,
shipwrecks. Includes also wrecks in the Kent Group and King Island in Bass
Strait, and an extenssive coverage of the wrecks in and Port Phillip Bay,
The Rip and outside the Heads. Many mono photographs. Apendicies include
heaviest loss of life, lighthouses and lifeboats, the worst yearscollissions,
vessels scuttled, salvage rights, and accessible wrecks for the diver.
The definitive book on Victorian shipwrecks. Now well out of print.
have the only NEW copies available.
dustwrapper, 176 pages. Limited copies.
ON THE NEW SOUTH WALES COAST
ships have been lost off the coast of New South Wales, and more undiscovered
shipwrecks remain in these waters than any other stretch of coastline in
Australia.There is a strange and tragic inevitability surrounding disasters
at sea, particularly if they leave a wide spread of wreckage to wash ashore,
or perhaps become a battered hulk slowly disintegrating under the ceaseless
pounding of giant waves.
though the recording of so many disasters may be, there are also lively
and exciting stories of heroism, daring, self sacrifice and colourful deeds
to add to our heritage of maritime history.
book, the result of many years of intensive research records more than
1500 wrecks from the early eighteenth century to recent years and is illustrated
by a remarkable collection of photographs.
ON THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN COAST
the compass of these pages are dramatically recorded brief stories
of disasters which struck ships along the coastline of South Australia,
long recognised as one of the most hostile in Australian waters. From the
earliest times when Aborigines presented a serious threat to shipwreck
sailors, through the mid 1800's in a period of intense intercolonial trade
and overseas immigration, up to the present day, variances in sea and weather
have united to destroy scores of ships and lives. This carefully researched
book, set against a background of early settlement and development is well
supplemented by a unique collection of photographs and illustrations, making
it one of interest to readers both young and old.
ON THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN COAST
coast of Western Australia has seen shipwreck incidents more treacherous
and stirring as any in thge world. From the Dutch wrecks of the seventeenth
century to modern tanker disasters, the largest state coastline in Australia
has it all. Massacre and murder, the discovery of the seabed littered with
silver coins, and national controversy over wrecks claims are all part
of this excellent book.
208 pages, mono prints.
of print - no longer available.
ON THE QUEENSLAND COAST likewsie out of print.
SMUGGLERS AND PIRATES In South Eastern Australian Waters.
title says it all - there were some rather colourful characters along the
coast, and luring a ship onto rocks was not above their objectives. Some
great tales in this book.