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Books reviewed by Peter Campbell
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2016 Calendar of Wooden Boats
This calendar continues to set the highest standards of quality
and tradition for wooden-boat enthusiasts around the world. The
edition features 12 new images by Benjamin Mendlowitz, one
of the top marine photographers working in the world today.
Sailboats, small boats, powerboats and workboats are captured in brilliant color and
are beautifully reproduced in this elegant 12" x 12" wall calendar. Insightful and
entertaining captions are provided by wooden-boat expert Maynard Bray. $29.95
Beken Yachting Calendar 2016
The Beken Yachting calendar features fabulous colour photographs
of modern and classic racing yachts including Open 60s, Volvo 70s,
J classes and other offshore yachts. A perfect gift for those who
love yachting. $49.95
Ultimate Sailing Calendar 2016
The calendar takes "fresh-to-frightening" to a new level!
This calendar brings you the most extreme, exciting, and
epic yacht racing images from around the world, in this
latest edition of the Ultimate Sailing Calendar. Over-sized and over-the-top; high
gloss and high powered; the spectacular 18" by 24" Ultimate Sailing Calendar is a
‘must have’ for sailors and adrenaline junkies alike. $49.95
Shipwrecks of Truk Lagoon
Filmed by Max Gleeson, narrated by Lesley Hillyer
Twin DVD presentation, running time approx 135 mins
Available from: www.maxgleeson.com
RRP: $30 inc. postage
In February 1944 the Allies
‘Operation Hailstone’ rained
down on the Japanese supply
fleet anchored in Truk Lagoon
ships, sinking more than 60
ships. More than half a century
on, divers from around the
world is drawn to explore the
shipwrecks of Truk Lagoon.
Award winning Australian
under water filmmaker,
photographer and maritime
historian Max Gleeson has
teamed with Lesley Hillyer for
the past two decades to produce
books and dvds on shipwrecks, including the many along the
Australian east coast and, further afield, in Truk Lagoon.
Shipwrecks of Truk Lagoon is a fascinating production in which
clever use of American war footage, shot in colour and imbedded
through the stories, adds to the historical contents. Some 100 dives
were made to achieve the latest footage of the wrecks that lie below
the pristine waters.
Special attention has been given to the ‘Queen of Truk Lagoon’,
the San Francisco Maru, with a stunning journey from bow to stern.
Altogether, there is underwater footage of 14 vessels including the
destroyer Fumitsuki, the salvage tug Futagami and also aircraft wrecks.
Any diver who wants to go to Truk Lagoon, or anyone interested
in World War II will find this fascinating viewing.
Ice In The Rigging
Ships of the Antarctic, 1699–1937
by EA (Ted) Mitchener
published by Maritime Museum of Tasmania, Hobart
RRP: $75.00 (376pp; 242mm x 305mm.
Hardcover with dust jacket)
Ted Mitchener’s Ice in the Rigging, published by the Maritime
Museum of Tasmania, is a well-researched and beautifully-presented
book of stories and references. Take the time to read through the
Introduction and you will be rewarded with insights into the author’s
journey from trainee shipwright with the Royal Navy to leader of
Davis station with the Australian Antarctic Division, and how his
book developed over many years.
In Antarctic libraries Mitchener found a gap in the literature.
There was little, he wrote, “highlighting the improvements in maritime
technology that changed human contact with Antarctica from one
of high risk and happenstance to one of modern industrial and
So this major work began. He
collated information, photographs,
plans and maps to include in this
book; travelled to archives in many
countries; and wrote with authority,
and with first-hand experience, of
ships and the Southern Ocean.
The book focuses on sailing
ships and ships with auxiliary power,
and includes the vessels of exploratory, scientific and commercial
ventures from many countries – from the Paramour of 1699 to the
British Graham Land Expedition’s Penola in 1937, the latter voyage
marking the end of an era of Antarctic shipping. The early ships,
the Empire builders, the ships of science, the whalers and sealers,
those whose men were focused on reaching the South Pole, those
of patriots and adventurers, are all represented.
An illustrated summary of each ship’s history is given with a
concise table of its specifications, owners and the ship’s fate. This
detail, whether the ship ended its days in glory, in wreckage or in
other circumstances, can be surprising and reveals the longevity – or
limitations – of each vessel.
Ted Mitchener died in 2014 while his book was being edited. But
his style has been maintained, writing in the language of a mariner,
sure of his subject, communicating with fellow-mariners and maritime
and Antarctic enthusiasts. It is a book to dip into, or to savour at
length, and will take its place on the shelves among other important
resources for researchers of Antarctic and maritime history and, just
as importantly, it is a book to enjoy. h
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