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Books reviewed by Peter Campbell
BOOKS OF THE
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The Anchorage Guide: Cairns to Darwin
TEMPLETON & COOK 0230
This is a much needed and awaited comprehensive guide to
the anchorages along the Queensland and Northern Territory
coastline, starting at Fitzroy Island off Cairns and finishing at
the Daly River north of Darwin. Incorporating satellite imagery,
clear descriptions and simple symbology; this guide is focused
on giving the reader confidence as to which anchorages to
choose and where to position themselves for the best night’s
sleep. Spiral 160 pages $59.95
The New! Get Rid of Boat Odors
Known by many of her fans as “The Headmistress”, Peggy will
teach you how to eliminate annoying odors on your boat by
treating the source instead of perfuming the symptoms. It covers
all aspects of marine sanitation as well as other odor-causing
problems like dirty bilge areas in an easy to understand format.
The focus is to instruct the reader on how to resolve odor
problems, not just disguise them. In addition there are extensive
appendices providing detailed contact information on equipment
manufacturers and schematics of most major brands and models
of marine toilets that will allow the reader to make necessary
repairs with a high degree of confidence.
This second edition contains many new schematics not found in the original book.
This is a book for boat owners or professionals in the boat industry alike. It’s the most
comprehensive guide available to help solve the widespread problem of annoying odors
on boats. PB 113 pages $44.95
Those Eco-Pirate Kids,
Those Shipwreck Kids &
Those Snake Island Kids
written and illustrated by John Tucker
published by Storm Bay Books
RRP: $19.95 (163pp to 204pp, 150mm x 230mm)
Here we have a set of three books written by cruising yachtsman
and author Jon Tucker who, when ashore, lives on Bruny Island, that
beautiful, elongated island south of Hobart.
They are the first in a planned set of six environmental-themed
children’s books, targeted at 9-14-year-old Aussie and Kiwi kids with
a passion for sailing and outdoors. Jon has beautifully written and
illustrated each book (with help from some of those kids).
We reviewed the first in the set, Those Eco-Pirate Kids, in October
2014, an inspiring tale with equal appeal to adult readers as well as
to their children and grandchildren. It tells the story of a lad named
Fin, with a passion for fishing, who discovers a net full of undersize
fish in Sydney’s northern waterways.
Those Snake Island Kids is the adventures when a family embarks
on a sailing-camping holiday on a Tasmanian island, described as
a tale of youthful naivety, friendship, calamity and triumph. Pirate
fantasies and a home-built dinghy are centre to an intriguing book.
Those Shipwreck Kids tale emerges when a Tasmanian sailing
family anchors near an old shipwrecked hulk in New Zealand’s
Marlborough Sounds. The kids find a strangely abandoned campsite
and their curiosity leads to intrigue beyond their anticipated fun-
filled experience in an unfamiliar foreign land.
This story will have strong appeal in the nine to ninety-nine
River & Coastal Vessels trading out
of Hobart 1832-2015
by AJ (Tony) Coen
published by Forty South Publishing
RRP: $70.00; (372pp, 210mm x 300mm)
Over the years books tracing the colonial shipping history out of
the Port of Hobart have mostly centred on sail – the whalers, square
rigged ships, the trading ketches, etc.
Dedicated author Tony Coen has produced a vast volume about
the rivercraft and coastal vessels trading out of Hobart between
1832 and 2015, from the paddle steamer Surprise and the steam
packet Governor Arthur, both launched 185 years ago, to the beautiful
privately-owned motor vessel Ena, which arrived in the port in 2013.
Coen has meticulously researched the history of the river craft
and coastal traders from the boom years of the late 19th and early 20th
centuries, through the slow decline after World War II to the current
rebirth of interest in water traffic on the River Derwent.
The book is full of fascinating stories about
these craft that played such a vital role in the
development of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania
since 1856) but also the people and companies
that ran the shipping and ferries services.
Of personal interest to me was the steam
ship Rowitta, launched in 1909 as a trading/
passenger vessel on the Tamar River, which
helped ‘rescue’ me (then aged seven) and my aunt from the Bass Strait
passenger steamer Nairana which had broken down and anchored
off Rosevears, halfway up the Tamar to Launceston.
Passengers had to climb down rope ladders to the deck of Rowitta
which eventually took us safely to Launceston. Rowitta later sailed
out of Hobart, ending her days, neglected, in the maritime museum
a Warrnambool, Victoria.
Reading through this very detailed and remarkably well-illustrated
book, I found one of the most interesting vessels of the colonial days
was the paddle steamer Kangaroo.
In 1854, the colonial government of Van Diemen’s Land
commissioned the design of Kangaroo to provide a reliable vessel for
the cross-river traffic between Hobart Town and the eastern shore.
Kangaroo was built with twin hulls, with decking connecting them
carrying the engine room, superstructure and a centre paddle-wheel.
‘Old Double Guts’, as she was affectionately known because of
her unique construction, proved a cumbersome craft to handle but
she served her purpose carrying passengers, horse and carts, and
ultimately motor vehicles across the river for a remarkable 70-plus
River & Coastal Vessels trading out of Hobart is a fascinating insight
in the working port of Hobart from colonial to modern times. h
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