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Books reviewed by Peter Campbell
BOOKS OF THE
Boat Books Tel: 1300 262 826
100 Magic Miles – 12th Edition
This NEW, 12th edition of this Whitsundays ‘Bible’ by
David Colfelt, revised in 2018, is one of the best cruising
guides produced covering the Whitsunday Islands and nearby
mainland coast. Each anchorage is extensively covered with
recommendations on where to anchor, places to see and local
features. It contains the latest information on navigation
marks, mooring locations, marinas, island resorts, diving &
snorkelling, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and QLD State Marine Park sewage
discharge regulations, island camping and sea kayaking. PB 256 pages $94.95
Sail & Rig: The Tuning Guide
KLANN & BORDAL 7231
The complete guide on how to trim sails and tune rigging for
all conditions to make the boat sail faster and safer. This book
provides a clear understanding of the dynamics of rig and sail
and how to get them working together in harmony with the
elements. With hundreds of colour photographs and illustrations
throughout, the text is concise and precise, divided into sections
to make it easy to find exactly what you need. Research was
carried out with professional riggers, sailmakers and international elite sailors as
consultants resulting in a book that should be part of every sailor’s basic kit. This
book appeals to every level of sailor – those with limited experience will find much
to learn and the experienced sailor can develop competence and knowledge as the
different aspects of trim are treated in depth. PB 192 pages $39.95
by A.D. Divine CBE, DSM
published by Faber
RRP: $24.99 (307pp; 140mm x 220mm)
Appropriately, in the wake of Chrisopher
Nolan’s brilliant film Dunkirk, Faber have
republished A.D. Devine’s book Dunkirk,
First published in 1945, it is arguably
the best contemporary account of what has been described as a
military evacuation such as the world has never seen and is never
likely to see again.
Divine (1905-1987) was a prolific writer of books and later a war
correspondent who published Dunkirk in 1945 after being involved
and wounded while helmsman of one of the ‘Little Ships’ that
played such a crucial role in supporting the Royal Navy and the
Merchant Nav y.
Of the 337,131 British, French and Belgian people who were
rescued, the Little Ships were responsible for saving at least 90,000.
Apparently, Divine was concerned that the history of Dunkirk
would be based only on Admiralty logs – those of destroyers and
The Little Ships seldom had time to fill out their log as they
dashed back and forth across the Channel, packed with British
Expeditionary Force soldiers, strafed by the Luftwaffe, attacked
be E-boats, avoiding mines and the natural hazards such as the
Together with JD Caswell KC, he gathered together the graphic
accounts from the masters and crews of the Little Ships that ranged
from a 10-foot rowing dinghy named Dinky and an eel boat named
Johanna, through to motor launches, yachts, Thames barges, tugs
and trawlers, river paddle-steamers, lifeboats and Dutch ‘scoots’.
There are remarkable stories of how the destroyers, steamers
and other bigger ships, berthed under fire in Dunkirk harbour to
pick up streams of retreating British soldiers.
The Little Ships were mainly concentrated on the beaches,
flat-bottomed boats being beached to pick up the troops, others
sending in rowing boats to ferry them out to bigger boats. It was
an extraordinary effort, recorded in great detail by author Divine.
Almost French Australia
The French-British Rivalry in the Southern Oceans
by Noelene Bloomfield
published by Halstead Press
RRP: $38.95 (234pp; 234mm x 174mm)
Within less than a hundred or so sea miles of where I live in
Hobart there are literally dozens of well-known towns, rivers, bays,
islands and capes named by, or in honour of, French navigators
during that great era of exploration of the Southern Oceans between
the 18th and 19th centuries. Not to mention a couple of Dutch
names from an earlier century.
Most Australians are unaware of how close Australian
became to being divided between France and England. During
the early exploration of Terra Australis, many dashing French
seagoing adventurers such as Bougainville, La Perouse, Bruni
d’Entrecasteaux, d ’Ur ville and Baudin
carved their names into the coastline.
Their voyages were of scientific
discovery but also of political significance at
a time when Europe as colonising the globe.
French ships made landfall and, in many
significant cases, charted the coastlines
of what are now the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South
Australia and Tasmania, and to a much less extent, Victoria, New
South Wales and Queensland.
Only a series of untimely events, the death of expedition leaders
while still at sea, and the French Revolution in 1789, prevented
France from consolidating her place on the legendary Terra Australis.
Almost French Australia is a meticulously researched and well
written book that traces the South Pacific voyages of so many
remarkable French navigators and explorers.
In Sydney a suburb was named after La Perouse; just
recently Tasmania’s iconic Bruny Island Race was sailed and
appropriately won by a French built yacht with the fleet sailing up
the D’Entrecasteaux Channel.
The final chapter, ‘How the French Missed the boat’ is an
analysis of just that.
As the author concludes, “ The French names in and around
Australia offer an intriguing snapshot of a significant period of
French and global history reflected in a faraway location at the
very ends of the earth or as the French whimsically express it, aux
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