Maritime

Our maritime collection includes "how-to" sailing books, knot books, maritime adventure and exploration narratives, and books about the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

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Catching Thunder

cover image the unlikeley voyage of jack de crow

Kjetil Saeter and Eskil Engdal
Scribe
ISBN 9781925322224
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 32.99 
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A remarkable true story of courage and perseverance - and a wake-up call.  December 2014: in the forbidding waters off Antarctica, Captain Hammarstedt of the Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker embarks on a voyage unlike any seen before. Across ten thousand miles of hazardous seas, Hammerstedt’s crew will relentlessly pursue the Thunder - an infamous illegal fishing ship - for what will become the longest chase in maritime history.  The authors follow this incredible expedition from its very beginning, and cannot anticipate what the chase will uncover: criminal kingpins, rampant corruption, modern slavery, and an international community content to turn a blind eye.


The Pacific:The Ocean of the FutureCover image, pacific

Simon Winchester
William Collins
ISBN: 9780008196967
Paperback 2016
Price $AU 24.99
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 Travelling the circumference of the truly gigantic Pacific, Simon Winchester tells the story of the world's largest body of water, and – in matters economic, political and military – the ocean of the future. It has an astonishing recent past, an uncertain present and a hugely important future. The ocean and its peoples are the new lifeblood, fizz and thrill of America – which draws so many of its minds and so much of its manners from the sea – while the inexorable rise of the ancient center of the world, China, is a fixating fascination. The presence of rogue states – North Korea most notoriously today – suggest that the focus of the responsible world is shifting away from the conventional post-war obsessions with Europe and the Middle East, and towards a new set of urgencies. Navigating the newly evolving patterns of commerce and trade, the world's most violent weather and the fascinating histories, problems and potentials of the many Pacific states, Simon Winchester's thrilling journey is a grand depiction of the future ocean.


The Old Man and the Sea: A True Story of Crossing the Atlantic by Raft
Cover Image, Old Man and the Sea

Anthony Smith
Constable 
ISBN: 9781472121134
Paperback 2015
Price $AU 22.99
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Octogenarian Anthony Smith's journey was originally inspired by both the Kontiki Expedition of Thor Heyerdahl (who he knew) and the incredible story of the survivors of a 1940 boat disaster, who spent 70 days adrift in the Atlantic, eventually reaching land emaciated and close to death. While this might sound like a voyage no-one would wish to emulate, to octogenarian Anthony Smith it sounded like an adventure, and he placed a typically straightforward advertisement in the Telegraph that read "Fancy rafting across the Atlantic? Famous traveller requires 3 crew. Must be OAP. Serious adventurers only." In his inimitable style, Smith details their voyage and the hardships they endured with a matter-of-fact air that makes his story seem all the more impressive. His advanced age allows him a wider perspective not only on the journey but on life itself, and his never-say-die attitude to the difficulty of the journey is inspirational.


A Savage Historycover image a savage image

John Newton
Newsouth
ISBN: 9781742233741
Hardback 2013
Price $AU 49.99
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Nothing prepares you for your first sight of the world's largest mammal. Celebrated, revered, studied and increasingly watched for pleasure rather than hunted, whales hold particular allure. Humans have always been in awe of them, but for much of history we have been compelled to dominate and kill them - though like Moby Dick, sometimes whales fight back. A Savage History tells the rich history of whales and whaling. We learn about these highly intelligent and magnificent creatures, and follow the stories of whalers from the eighteenth century who hunted their prey along the coasts of Australia and New Zealand, across the Pacific and into the Southern Ocean. The result is a powerful account of a complex and bloody relationship. Although the modern era has seen the end of industrial whaling, as John Newton shows, the work of those who want to protect whales is far from over.


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