Folio, 6 pages plus a full-page map of the harbor at Port Elliot.
Drop-title; later neat white paper-tape spine (masking slight inner marginal damage caused when the item was disbound); an excellent copy.
South Australian Parliamentary Paper Number 45 of 1856. Not least, 'the melancholy catastrophe of the total loss of the cutter Lapwing' and the loss of two of her crewmen ('I believe they were drunk at the time').
Drop-title; small holes in the inner margins where stab-sewn when bound (now disbound), with secondary page numbers (107-174) stamped in the top corners; a fine copy.
New South Wales Parliamentary Paper 127-A of 1866. The Commission, under Commander Thomas Goss RN, was called for after the loss of the SS 'Cawarra' (and several other ships) off the Port of Newcastle on 12 July 1866. Many lives were lost, including 60 from the 'Cawarra' (from which there was only one survivor). 'You will have observed in the newspaper accounts of the late shipwrecks at Newcastle, that general complaints were made of the mismanagement and inefficiency of the harbour lifeboat on that occasion' (from the Under Secretary's initial letter). Offered together with a related paper in identical condition (New South Wales Parliamentary Paper 237 of 1866): 'Loss of the Steamer 'Cawarra''. Report of the Commissioners appointed to inquire into the Cause thereof; together with the Evidence taken at the Inquiry' (30 pages plus a folding plan: 'Displacement Scale of PS [sic] 'Cawarra'', 330 x 370 mm, dated January 1867). Comprehensive accounts of a significant tragedy.
London, Patrick Stephens, 1972 [revised and enlarged edition]/ 1935.
Folio, [viii], 30, 166, 35-58 pages with numerous illustrations plus 13 plates (including several folding plans and a cutaway drawing).
Quarter contrasting red and black cloth lightly flecked, bumped and rubbed; initial leaves slightly foxed; two date stamps; a very good copy with the slightly rubbed, marked and creased dustwrapper sunned on the spine.
Number 5 in the Ocean Liners of the Past series. This volume is mainly a facsimile reprint of a special Souvenir Number of 'The Shipbuilder and Marine-Engine Builder' (published to commemorate the maiden voyage of the vessel in June 1935), together with a specially compiled epilogue covering the rest of the vessel's working career. Her last trans-Atlantic crossing took place in August 1939, and her career ended with a disastrous fire in 1942; she was scrapped in 1946-47.
Foolscap folio, two consecutive Parliamentary Papers, 4 pages; and x, 69 pages.
Drop-title (first Paper) and title-wrappers (both as issued); five small holes and notches in the left-hand margin and spine where stab-sewn when bound (now neatly disbound); a fine copy.
South Australian Parliamentary Paper Numbers 58 and 58A of 1888. 'Built in Belfast in 1868, the 'Star of Greece', laden with wheat, was wrecked in a violent storm off Port Willunga on the 13th July 1888. Some discrepancy exists in the actual number of lives lost, due to doubts about the number of people aboard the vessel when it left Port Adelaide, but most historians conclude that at least 18 perished. The most striking part of the tragedy was that the ship was only 200 metres from shore when it broke in two amidships at 2.00am. The alarm was raised at 7.20am by a young boy taking his morning walk but because the Willunga telegraph station didn't open until 9.00am, former harbourmaster Thomas Martin was unable to contact authorities in Adelaide until then. The response to the call for help was disastrous. A combination of poor communications, bad roads, and an inability to find a good vehicle and horses to bring the necessary rocket gear for a rescue attempt meant that it was 4.00pm when useful help finally arrived. By then all the survivors were ashore and the others aboard had already drowned in the roaring surf. Local residents had gone to the nearby beach to assist those who did manage to make it to shore. They bore witness to the deaths of those who fell into the sea, exhausted after desperately clinging to the rigging, and those who drowned in the mountainous seas as they tried to swim ashore. Helpless, they waited until some mariners made it to the shallows and then took them to nearby lodgings to recuperate. Following the tragedy newspapers strongly criticised the Marine Board and its rescue operations and a later Coronial inquest was equally damning' (the Australian Broadcasting Commission website, 'Backyard' segment). The 2320 questions and answers in the Minutes of Evidence in the main Report of the Select Committee make sobering reading.
New York, Argosy-Antiquarian, 1964 [first thus]/ 1878.
Octavo, two volumes; cloth; leading edges lightly foxed; bottom edge of Volume One slightly marked; top edges slightly sunned; an excellent set in the original very good publisher's slipcase (a little marked, rubbed and bumped).
Quarto, two volumes,  pages plus 18 pages of graphs, 4 maps and 3 pages of illustrations, and  pages plus 68 pages of graphs and 35 pages of illustrations.
Publisher's printed stiff card ring binders (with paper titling-labels) a little bumped at the extremities; an excellent set.
Technical Publication Number 366: 'Volume 1 contains the summary and the general and economic studies, while the technical aspects of the submarine are given in Volume 2'. It is a preliminary study of a nuclear powered submarine cargo vessel. 'The study considers submarines specifically designed for carrying iron ore, throughout the year, from the Diana Bay region of Northern Quebec, Canada, to Great Britain. All aspects of the operation are considered, including operational conditions, economic factors, and structural, mechanical and hydrodynamic design. A typical design of such a vessel is given in some detail. The possibilities of this type of vessel carrying other types of cargo and its use in war time are examined briefly'. Clearly of very limited circulation - the second volume is labelled 'Copy No.24' inside the front cover. A second copy of Volume 1, in a Mitchell Engineering Limited binder with the title 'Nuclear Submarine Freighter', is also included. The text content is the same, but there are an extra 2 pages of graphs, 2 maps and 5 pages of illustrations in this copy. Offered together with these volumes is a contemporary brochure produced by Mitchell Engineering Ltd of their nuclear-powered cargo submarine 'Moby Dick' based on these preliminary design studies (large oblong octavo,  pages including the covers, with illustrations), plus a gelatin silver photograph (125 x 295 mm) of the cut-away scale model of the vessel (reproduced as the centrefold of the brochure). Two copies of a paper on 'Freighter Submarines' by Commander E.A. Woodward DSO MINucE (quarto, 8 pages with illustrations), read at a conference in Canada in 1964, are also included. This collection comes from the estate of Commander Woodward.
Quarto, xxxiv, 208 pages with 4 pages of illustrations, 2 maps and 12 plates (from the original journal).
Papered boards; extremities slightly rubbed and bumped; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper very slightly rubbed and creased.
The journal 'documents two surveying cruises of HMS Bramble from February 1845 until July 1847, during which time Sweatman served as Clerk and later as Clerk in Charge of provisions'; it is published here for the first time.
The three vintage gelatin silver photographs (approximately 150 x 100 mm or the reverse) are on the original captioned mount, glazed and in the original attractive wooden frame with a broad gilt fillet behind the glass; external dimensions 290 x 580 mm, visible image size 180 x 470 mm. The individual captions are 'On the Beach at Glenelg', 'Captain Voss & his Mate', and 'Launching her at Glenelg'. The mate in this instance was Ed Donner. Apart from a light surface scratch to the portrait, the condition is excellent throughout. The photographs were taken at Glenelg, South Australia, in early January 1903; the photographer is not identified. 'Tilikum' started life in the early nineteenth century as a 38-foot indigenous Canadian dugout canoe made from a large red cedar log; Voss was inspired by the recent sailing exploits of Joshua Slocum in his sloop 'Spray'. Voss's account of the 41 months-long journey, 'The Venturesome Voyages of Captain Voss', was first published in Yokohama in 1913. Here he recounts the Adelaide leg of his trip: 'we sailed through the entrance of Port Phillip Bay, and shaped a course along the coast for Port Adelaide, a distance of about five hundred miles. When my new mate had sobered up he proved himself a first-class seaman. The wind was variable and moderate all the way, and nothing unusual happened during the trip. On the sixth day out we were becalmed near Kangaroo Island, and anchored there for the night. The next morning a light breeze blew from the south-west and we sailed with it up to Port Adelaide. There the 'Tilikum' again was taken ashore and conveyed to the City of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia, where I stopped till December 28th. Thereafter I removed the boat to Glenell [sic], a summer and pleasure resort eight miles out of Adelaide. My mate was greatly addicted to alcoholic drinks, and I was obliged, therefore, to engage another man. When he was found, I sailed from Glenell [sic] on January 4th, 1903, for Hobart, Tasmania, a distance of about eight hundred miles, which was made in thirteen days with variable winds and good weather. The night before I was honoured with a banquet given by the Glenell [sic] yachtsmen who, when leaving, accompanied the 'Tilikum' for some distance in their yachts. On arrival at Hobart my new mate from Adelaide assured me that he had enjoyed the trip immensely and that he would like to accompany me to London in the 'Tilikum'. His name was Ed. O. Donner, but he was better known as the 'Tattooed Man of Australia', being tattooed all over his body. He was a good entertainer and knew how to while away the time pleasantly' - surely a minimum prerequisite for the job ...
Quarto, xiv, 353 pages with numerous illustrations plus endpaper maps.
Papered boards; a fine copy with the slightly bumped dustwrapper.
'The book traces the lives and experiences of the specially selected 308 convicts transported ... in 1803. Under the command of Lieutenant-Governor David Collins, these convicts, with a military and civil establishment, free settlers and numerous families ... began the settlement which became Hobart.' Thirty-five years of research have produced a significant contribution to social history, genealogy and criminology.
Large oblong quarto, [iv] (first blank), li pages plus  leaves (all but one printed rectos only) with full-page plates on 143 of them.
Original limp cloth lettered in gilt on the front cover; edges lightly foxed, with the bottom edge slightly marked; expert repairs to tiny tears to the bottom margin of four leaves, with tiny nicks to a few others; an excellent copy.
A superb catalogue from this company specialising in 'plant for harbour works, dredging and excavating. Coaling vessels, floating cranes, tugboats'. The main sections are dredgers and hoppers (91 plates), tugboats (16 plates), elevators (11 plates), excavators (17 plates) and floating docks (5 plates). Each plate contains a description of the specific item, the client and/or the location (for example, ''Sedjoumi', Sea-going Screw Tugboat. French Government. Regency of Tunis'). Offered together with a copy of the 1913 edition of the separately issued catalogue devoted to coaling vessels (limp cloth, oblong quarto, 64 pages; cloth a little rubbed and marked, front flyleaf and title leaf a little marked). [2 items].
Quarto, [iv], iii, (i, blank), 137, (1, blank) pages.
Laminated colour pictorial card covers; head of the spine slightly bumped with associate light creasing throughout; front cover slightly indented by a paperclip (now removed) with a slight associated mark to the flyleaf; overall an excellent copy.
Signed by the author on the title page, and with a small inscribed, dated (December 2005) and signed note. 'A Further Slant on the R.A.N. Naval Radio Mechanic History' [cover sub-title].
Hobart, Government of Tasmania/ Hobart Marine Board [and the] Hobart City Council, 1936.
Octavo, 256 pages with numerous illustrations plus a folding panorama (containing two plates).
Patterned blue cloth with a large colour pictorial titling plate mounted on the front cover; spine a little sunned; endpapers replaced; short repaired tears to three blank margins (one a little creased); small stain to the bottom edge, bleeding a... Read complete entry
Quarto, xxii, 350 pages with 198 illustrations, some in colour, and including many line drawings.
Quarto; gilt-decorated cloth lightly bumped; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper a little creased and torn.
'A complete account of all the World's projects for large passenger liners which, for one reason or another, never entered service. Some were still-born, some met with disaster after launching and some were diverted to other purposes during war. Potentially, some were the greatest liners ever conceived and would have surpassed the most famous, not only in speed and splendour, but in their very size and appearance. They were victims of circumstance - a fate narrowly missed by a few of the most celebrated liners'.
Brown cloth attractively lettered in gilt on the front cover; essentially a fine copy.
In October 1840 the ship left Ireland for Australia, with thirteen crew and fifteen passengers. 'Off the African coast a fire was discovered in the hold. The fire was initially fought, but grew out of control and the ship's master Adam Yule ordered the crew and passengers to abandon ship. In his published book of the affair, Yule recounts - with a firm conviction in the 'providence of God' - how after the crew and passengers escaped the fire, they miraculously landed safely on a treacherous shore of south-western Africa, and walked to a Dutch settlement, and then to Cape Town' (Australian National Maritime Museum catalogue record). Inscribed to 'Mrs Newland from John Sands, 29/10/1904', and with the ownership signature of E.M. Newland (the former presumably Mrs Simpson Newland, and the latter one of their sons). The passenger list includes an orphan family of five by the name of Chisholm. One of them, Marjory, is described in this reprint edition as the 'late Mrs John Sands'; this would go a long way to explaining the existence of this work. Ferguson 4093 (the original edition) mentions the reprint, but not the Mrs Sands connection. He states further that 'this edition is also in the Ferguson Collection' but there are no copies of it recorded on Trove.