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How To Build A Boat - A Father, his Daughter, and the Unsailed Sea (Hardcover): Jonathan Gornall How To Build A Boat - A Father, his Daughter, and the Unsailed Sea (Hardcover)
Jonathan Gornall 1
R482 R313 Discovery Miles 3 130 Save R169 (35%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'The passages he addresses directly to Phoebe are as tender as the father-daughter letters in Karl Ove Knausgaard's Seasons Quartet' Times Literary Supplement 'This book tells the inspiring story of how even the least skilled of us can make something wonderful if we invest enough time and love' The Daily Mail 'Both the book, and place, are magical' The Sunday Telegraph 'When Jonathan Gornall decided to build a boat for his daughter, he had no experience and no practical skills. What followed was a very real labour of love.' The Scotsman One man learns the ancient skills of boat-building to connect with fatherhood. How to Build a Boat is the story of a thoroughly unskilled modern man who, inspired by his love of the sea and what it has taught him about life, sets out to build a traditional wooden boat as a gift for his newborn daughter. It is, he recognises, a ridiculously quixotic challenge for a man who, with a family and mortgage to support, knows little about woodworking and even less about boat-building. He isn't even sure what type of boat he should build, what type of wood he should use, the tools he will need or, come to that, where on earth he will build it. He has much to consider, and even more to learn. But, undaunted by his ignorance, he embarks on a voyage of rediscovery, determined to navigate his way back to a time when a man could fashion his future and leave his mark on history using only time-honoured skills and the ancient tools and materials at hand. The journey begins with a search for clues in the once bustling, but now still, creeks and backwaters of his beloved Suffolk, where men once fashioned the might of Nelson's navy from the great oaks that shadowed the water's edge. If all goes to plan, it will end with a great little adventure, as father and daughter cast off together for a voyage of discovery that neither will forget, and both will treasure until the end of their days. A writer following in the bestselling footsteps of Adam Nicolson, Tim Moore and Charlie Connelly - discovering what make modern man tick through the discovery of a craft long forgotten.

Birmingham & the Heart of England - Waterways Guide 3 (Spiral bound): Nicholson Waterways Guides Birmingham & the Heart of England - Waterways Guide 3 (Spiral bound)
Nicholson Waterways Guides 1
R482 R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Save R135 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The bestselling guides to Britain's canals and rivers for 50 years. For all users of the inland waterways. This established, popular and practical guide covers the canals and waterways around Birmingham and central England. Covered in this guide are: Ashby Canal; Birmingham Canal Navigations (Main Line); Birmingham & Fazeley Canal; Coventry Canal; Erewash Canal; Grand Union Canal (Main Line, Leicester Section and the River Soar); Oxford Canal, North; Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, North; Stratford-on-Avon Canal, North; Worcester & Birmingham Canal, North; and the Trent & Mersey Canal. The detailed Ordnance Survey (R) maps clearly show the location of essential features such as locks, towpaths and boating facilities, as well as pubs, shops and restaurants in the area. There are comprehensive navigational notes and descriptive text on the history of each canal, and on local services and places of interest, for which postcodes are included - ideal for use with sat-navs. This practical A5 guide features 'lie flat' spiral binding and 'book mark' back cover flap for ease of reference. In print for 50 years, the Collins/Nicholson guides to the waterways have always been a vital part of journeys along Britain's canals and rivers. These bestselling guides are designed for anyone and everyone with an interest in Britain's inland waterways - from experienced boaters to those planning their first boat trip, as well as walkers, cyclists and visitors. Nicholson's - The bestselling guides to Britain's Waterways.

How To Build A Boat - A Father, his Daughter, and the Unsailed Sea (Paperback): Jonathan Gornall How To Build A Boat - A Father, his Daughter, and the Unsailed Sea (Paperback)
Jonathan Gornall 1
R281 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R95 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'The passages he addresses directly to Phoebe are as tender as the father-daughter letters in Karl Ove Knausgaard's Seasons Quartet' Times Literary Supplement 'This book tells the inspiring story of how even the least skilled of us can make something wonderful if we invest enough time and love' The Daily Mail 'Both the book, and place, are magical' The Sunday Telegraph 'When Jonathan Gornall decided to build a boat for his daughter, he had no experience and no practical skills. What followed was a very real labour of love.' The Scotsman One man learns the ancient skills of boat-building to connect with fatherhood. How to Build a Boat is the story of a thoroughly unskilled modern man who, inspired by his love of the sea and what it has taught him about life, sets out to build a traditional wooden boat as a gift for his newborn daughter. It is, he recognises, a ridiculously quixotic challenge for a man who, with a family and mortgage to support, knows little about woodworking and even less about boat-building. He isn't even sure what type of boat he should build, what type of wood he should use, the tools he will need or, come to that, where on earth he will build it. He has much to consider, and even more to learn. But, undaunted by his ignorance, he embarks on a voyage of rediscovery, determined to navigate his way back to a time when a man could fashion his future and leave his mark on history using only time-honoured skills and the ancient tools and materials at hand. The journey begins with a search for clues in the once bustling, but now still, creeks and backwaters of his beloved Suffolk, where men once fashioned the might of Nelson's navy from the great oaks that shadowed the water's edge. If all goes to plan, it will end with a great little adventure, as father and daughter cast off together for a voyage of discovery that neither will forget, and both will treasure until the end of their days. A writer following in the bestselling footsteps of Adam Nicolson, Tim Moore and Charlie Connelly - discovering what make modern man tick through the discovery of a craft long forgotten.

Celestial Navigation - The Minimal Manual (Paperback): John Kretschmer Celestial Navigation - The Minimal Manual (Paperback)
John Kretschmer; Bruce Steely
R598 Discovery Miles 5 980 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections Man-of-War (Hardcover): Stephen Biesty Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections Man-of-War (Hardcover)
Stephen Biesty; Richard Platt 1
R235 R188 Discovery Miles 1 880 Save R47 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Look inside an 18th-century warship as it sails into battle on the high seas. Packed with extraordinary illustrations, this history book for children covers everything from warship design to navigation.

Biesty's incredible drawings slice through a man-of-war to explore every corner, from the crow's nest to the stinking hold. Packed with fascinating facts and gory details, the pages teem with sailors busy about their duties. Find out how gun crews fired a cannon, examine a surgeon's toolkit, and learn the best way to wriggle the maggots out of the ship's biscuits. Look out, too, for the stowaway on every page. He's the one with spiky hair and there's a reward for his capture!

This absorbing book will have children - and adults - poring over every page. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections Man-of-War remains as entertaining as ever.

Titanic Calling - Wireless Communications during the Great Disaster (Hardcover): Michael Hughes, Katherine Bosworth Titanic Calling - Wireless Communications during the Great Disaster (Hardcover)
Michael Hughes, Katherine Bosworth
R441 R261 Discovery Miles 2 610 Save R180 (41%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Published in commemoration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the "Titanic"'s sinking, this book tells the story of that fateful night from an unusual angle: through the many wireless communications sent to and from the land stations and the ships involved as the tragic events unfolded.Drawing on the extensive record of wireless transmissions in the Marconi Archives, "Titanic Calling" recounts this legendary story the way it was first heard, beginning with repeated warnings--just hours before the collision--of several large icebergs unusually far south and alarmingly close to the "Titanic"'s course. The story follows senior operator Jack Phillips as he sends distress messages to nearby ships and shows how these urgent calls for help were received and rapidly relayed across the Atlantic in a desperate attempt to save the lives of the "Titanic"'s passengers and crew. Finally, the distant SS "Virginian" receives the "Titanic"'s final, broken message. The story concludes with the rescue of the fortunate survivors, who radio messages to loved ones from aboard the RMS "Carpathia "while safely on their way to New York. Illustrated throughout with photographs of the messages and including full transcripts of original material, the book also features an introduction to the development of maritime wireless communications and a discussion of the Marconi Archives's "Titanic "collection. The forced brevity of the messages lends the narrative a startling sense of immediacy and brings to life to the voices of the individuals involved.

Kirkcaldy Harbour - An Illustrated History (Paperback): Carol McNeill Kirkcaldy Harbour - An Illustrated History (Paperback)
Carol McNeill
R417 R356 Discovery Miles 3 560 Save R61 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Kirkcaldy Harbour: An Illustrated History traces the story of Kirkcaldy harbour from its sixteenth-century royal connections, through the boom years of commercial shipping, to its recent rescue from dereliction by the international grain ships servicing the huge flour mill. The six fully illustrated chapters cover the early days; the never-ending series of repairs and extensions, including plans for two new harbours which were never completed; the nineteenth century whaling industry; wealthy shipowners and their grand houses (three of which remain); imports and exports; and the present day. Importantly, the book includes extracts from a never-before published local memoir that gives first-hand memories of John Paul Jones' American ships in the Forth in 1778; the Kirkcaldy captain on a trade mission to Russia in 1801 when Tsar Paul I was assassinated; and a whaling captain's description of his ship being frozen up in an Arctic winter.

GRP Repair Companion - Repairing Grp & Frp Boats (Spiral bound): Peter Vincent, Penni Vincent GRP Repair Companion - Repairing Grp & Frp Boats (Spiral bound)
Peter Vincent, Penni Vincent
R216 R172 Discovery Miles 1 720 Save R44 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Anyone who owns a fibreglass boat (GRP or FRP, yacht or dinghy) knows that it can get damaged in the rough and tumble of everyday use. Sometimes the damage is serious enough to warrant a professional repair (which the insurance company will probably pay for). But at other times it is more minor, and you might want to repair it yourself. But how do you repair it, so you can't see the repair - get that really professional-looking finish? If you've ever asked that question, then this is the book for you. Long-term boat repairer, Pete Vincent, shares the trade secrets of making a lasting, strong and invisible repair. Penni Vincent, who does not share Pete's experience, got him to explain it to her and together they have created this book - written by an expert, but understandable by a novice. They take you through the equipment, tools and materials you need and then explain the 8 stages of a glass fibre repair job: from the vital initial preparation to the final polish. This is followed by a step-by-step guide to making different repairs including small nicks, scratches and scuffs, star-crazing and deeper areas requiring fibreglassing. They also cover repairing deck / hull joints, non-slip surfaces, moving fittings and leak testing and repair. Given that the first bit of advice is that you need to make the damage worse before repairing it, it is reassuring to be able to follow the steps that they outline, amply illustrated by many photographs and diagrams. Splash-proof and spiral bound - allowing you to lay it out flat beside your repair - this little book will be a valued companion as you set about repairing your boat.

Walks to Lighthouses - Walks to the most spectacular lighthouses in Wales (Paperback): Alf Anderson Walks to Lighthouses - Walks to the most spectacular lighthouses in Wales (Paperback)
Alf Anderson
R166 R148 Discovery Miles 1 480 Save R18 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This attractive and cleverly structured guide gives walkers ten of the finest walks to the ten most spectacular lighthouses in Wales in a popular pocketable format. With clear information, an overview and introduction for each walk, expertly written numbered directions, large scale Ordnance Survey maps, superb eye-grabbing panoramic photographs, and interpretation of points of interest along the way, these guides set a new standard in clarity and ease-of-use.

PS Kingswear Castle - A Personal Tribute (Paperback): John Megoran PS Kingswear Castle - A Personal Tribute (Paperback)
John Megoran
R418 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R60 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Kingswear Castle is one of a number of smaller paddle steamers built in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to provide transport and excursions along some of Britain's most beautiful rivers. One of three identical sisters, she was the last to be built for service on the River Dart and also the last to be withdrawn, ending her first career in September 1965. Fortunately, she did not follow other paddle steamers into the scrapyard but lingered on, first on the Isle of Wight and then on the Medway, where a sort of restoration began, which culminated in her return to full passenger service in 1985. Written by John Megoran, her manager and captain during the Medway and Thames years, this book chronicles Kingswear Castle's story - including how revenue from her new operational life sailing in an area bounded by Putney, London, Southend, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Chatham and Aylesford, plus grants and donations, financed further major restoration, including the provision of a new coal-fired boiler, sponsons, paddle boxes, fiddley, decks, hull re-plating and much more. Returned to her old home waters in 2013, Kingswear Castle now offers a new generation the joys and delights of sailing on the River Dart aboard a traditional steamship.

P&O Cruise Ships (Paperback): Ian Collard P&O Cruise Ships (Paperback)
Ian Collard
R418 R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Save R61 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

P&O was established in 1837 and maintained a schedule of routes to India, the Far East and Australia, being the first choice for the majority of passengers travelling to that part of the world. P&O later took over the British India Line, the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand, the New Zealand Shipping Company and the fleet of the British Coast Lines Group. In 1960 P&O Orient Lines was formed to manage the fleets of both operations and Oriana and Canberra were added to the fleet. Retirements of older vessels were made and others converted for cruising duties to operate from the United Kingdom and Australia. Between 1947 and 1962, P&O had transported 427,983 migrants, with an additional 500,000 following over the next eight years. However, this trade was gradually transferred to the airlines and it was clear that P&O's future was in cruising, with state-of-the-art purpose-built vessels. Princess Cruises were taken over by P&O in 1974 and P&O Princess Cruises merged with the Carnival Corporation in 2003. Utilising many rare and unpublished images, Ian Collard offers a lavishly illustrated look at the cruise ships operated by P&O Cruises. Included here are images of the ships in many guises and liveries as the author offers an array of superb photographs of these iconic liners.

Watercraft on World Coins, Volume III - Africa & Oceania (Paperback): Yossi Dotan Watercraft on World Coins, Volume III - Africa & Oceania (Paperback)
Yossi Dotan
R1,368 R988 Discovery Miles 9 880 Save R380 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Through Time (Paperback, UK ed.): Ian Collard The Isle of Man Steam Packet Through Time (Paperback, UK ed.)
Ian Collard
R419 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R61 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 2010, the world's oldest steamship line celebrated its 180th anniversary. For 183 years, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. has been the lifeline to the island, providing passenger and freight services for the island. Almost into the twentieth century, the ships were primarily paddle steamers but screw steamers took over then. In 1962, the first ro-ro ferries arrived and by the late 1990s catamarans were being used, offering a huge increase in speed. The ships saw service during both wars and IOMSP vessels carried about one in fourteen of all the soldiers rescued at Dunkirk. After numerous changes of owners, the IOMSP is now owned by Portuguese investment banks but continues to dominate the Irish Sea routes to the Isle of Man, despite the competition from air transport. Ian Collard, who has written many books on the Mersey and its ships, tells the story of the Steam Packet through time.

From Duncansby Head to the Solway Firth The Fishing Industry Through Time (Paperback, UK ed.): Mike Smylie From Duncansby Head to the Solway Firth The Fishing Industry Through Time (Paperback, UK ed.)
Mike Smylie
R419 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R61 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Since Britain joined the European Economic Community in the mid- 1970s, the fishing industry along our coasts has been under pressure from overfishing. In this book, Mike Smylie takes us on a tour from Duncansby Head to the Solway Firth. Here, small crofting communities sit on the fringe of the sea, hidden among the lochs and islands that indent Scotland's beautiful west coast and using what may well be the prettiest fishing boats in Britain. Although fishing here was mostly subsistence level and did not approach the scale of the industry on the east coast, there were large harbours at Stornoway, Castle Bay on Barra, Ullapool, Mallaig, Tarbet and Campbeltown. Mike Smylie shows us harbours, large and small, along with the boats and the communities that depended on them, from the herring fishery of Stornoway to salmon netting on the Solway Firth.

Sailing Gaffers - Stories from 50 Years of the Old Gaffers Association (Paperback): Viv Head Sailing Gaffers - Stories from 50 Years of the Old Gaffers Association (Paperback)
Viv Head
R676 Discovery Miles 6 760 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Created fifty years ago after a three-way conversation in a public house, the Old Gaffers Association grew into a group of enthusiasts who rescued a vital part of our maritime heritage from almost certain extinction. This jaunty celebration, lavishly illustrated, demonstrates how gaff-rigged sailing vessels are alive in a way no other boat could ever be. In this book their owners tell of their stylish, characterful and sea-kindly craft - and some of their adventures. There are tales, too, of solo sailors and families embarking on voyages across the oceans that have seen the Old Gaffers Association become a world-wide community. Jim Rockeller, owner of the Bald Mountain Boat Works in Camden, Maine, and instigator of the first OGA group in America, wrote of the OGA in 1968: 'Membership requirements are simple. One needn't know the difference between a throat and a peak halyard; one need only know that putting to sea in a gaff-rigged vessel is a special kind of magic not found in other kinds of sailing.' This magic of traditional sailing has cast its spell much closer to home, too - simply messing about in boats, alone, joining in regattas or cruising with families and friends. This book will delight every boating enthusiast. As the cheers greeting the traditional boats that graced The Queen's Jubilee Thames Pageant showed, they bring out the salty seadog in us all.

Mersey Ferries Through Time (Paperback, UK ed.): Ian Collard Mersey Ferries Through Time (Paperback, UK ed.)
Ian Collard
R419 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R60 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A Mersey ferry was recorded in the Domesday Book, and for around a thousand years, they have plied between Birkenhead and Wallasey on the Wirral and Liverpool. The sail and man-powered craft gave way to steam ferries in 1815. In this book, Ian Collard tells the story of the Mersey ferries, concentrating on the steam and diesel powered eras from 1815 to the present day and including such famous ferries as Iris and Daffodil, which were involved in the Zeebrugge Raid of 1918. The Mersey ferries have been immortalized in song, and even today, with the various tunnels under the Mersey, the three survivors of today, Snowdrop, Royal Iris of the Mersey and Royal Daffodil, are still being used by locals and tourists alike. Using around 160 old and new images, he tells the story of the Ferries across the Mersey, showing a river that was once teeming with ships but is now much quieter.

Diesel Companion (Spiral bound, 2nd edition): Pat Manley Diesel Companion (Spiral bound, 2nd edition)
Pat Manley
R216 R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Save R43 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A compact, handy, on-the-water reference guide containing all the essential information about keeping your marine diesel engine running for when you need it most: the perfect quick reference guide to keep onboard. The book covers the parts of the engine and has checklists for monthly, weekly and daily checks. It outlines what to do if the engine won't start, or stop, if it overheats or there are problems with the fuel system. It tells you about servicing, the electrics and winterisation. Splash-proof and spiral bound - allowing you to lay it out flat beside your engine - this little book stands up to frequent use and will be a valued companion when the engine doesn't behave.

Refrigeration for Pleasureboats: Installation, Maintenance and Repair (Hardcover): Nigel Calder Refrigeration for Pleasureboats: Installation, Maintenance and Repair (Hardcover)
Nigel Calder
R784 R611 Discovery Miles 6 110 Save R173 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Youve just spent a day on the water under a sweltering sun. You sit back, enjoying the seclusion of a remote anchorage, lulled by the rattle of ice in your cold drink. A pretty picture, but a rare one aboard cruising boats.

A house is never without its utility umbrella, but when you pull your boats shore-power plug youre on your own. Even good refrigeration systems use a lot of energy. And bad ones? Erase those ice cubes from your tropical fantasy.

Refrigeration for Pleasureboats explains how the cruising sailor can acquire the amenities--even the necessities--of an efficient onboard refrigeration system. Whether youre off for two days or two years, you must balance the highest possible cooling capacity with the lowest possible energy consumption. Calder explains clearly and logically how and why refrigeration components work, how to keep them working efficiently and economically, and what to look for when something goes wrong.

Boat refrigeration systems are phenomenally expensive. A modest refrigerator/freezer system, professionally built and installed, can cost more than $4,000. Yet these units can still have unpleasant side effects--such as killing the boats batteries. Refrigeration for Pleasureboats provides all the step-by-step information an amateur needs to design and build a custom refrigeration unit that will cost far less than half the price of an off-the-shelf unit and will likely run better with far less drain on the batteries. With Calders maintenance and troubleshooting tips, youll be able to keep it running for years to come and keep those ice cubes tinkling in that frosted glass.

Ferries of the Upper Thames (Paperback): Joan Tucker Ferries of the Upper Thames (Paperback)
Joan Tucker
R838 R678 Discovery Miles 6 780 Save R160 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'In Sweet Thames Run Softly Robert Gibbings describes how in 1939 he saw a window of Blackwell's Bookshop in Broad Street, Oxford full of books on the Thames. He was daunted by this as he was just engaged in writing and illustrating his own lovely book. There were histories of the river, and of the villages beside it. Bridges spanning the river were the subject of several books, also the natural history of it, besides how to fish and row. But there were no books on crossing the Thames by ford and ferry before the advent of bridges. Gibbings himself does not mention them, nor have any been written since.'Joan Tucker's first history of the Thames ferries covered the London reaches, from Staines to the sea. This second book starts at the source in Gloucestershire and follows the river down past Oxford and Windsor to complete the journey. The richness of the documentary history from old deeds and Acts is paralled by the stories and accounts of earlier travels. All the sites have been visited and are described as they survive. The author's earlier Ferries of Gloucestershire was the Railway & Canal Historical Society's 'Road Transport Book of the Year' in 2010.

West Highland Piers (Paperback): Alistair Deayton West Highland Piers (Paperback)
Alistair Deayton
R419 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R61 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Unlike in the rest of the United Kingdom the pier in Scotland has always seen as functional rather than as a pleasure pier. This was certainly the case on the West Highland Coast. During the nineteenth century and well into the twentieth century shipping was the only way to transport goods and people in and out of the West Highlands and Islands. Served by paddle steamers, puffers and small coasters, the piers served a vital function for their communities. Often with stunning mountain backdrops, many settlements clustered around the piers. Some piers, like at Oban could accommodate a number of ships at once, while others, such as at Scarinish on the Island of Tiree, were built with functionality in mind, providing for the needs of the inhabitants. Alistair Deayton brings together a superb selection of images of the West Highland piers. Telling their history and showing just some of the variety of vessels that called there. Included are the piers at Oban, Ullapool, Port Askiag, Kennacriag, Malliag, Tarbet and Armadale. From Macbrayne's steamers to the working vessels of McCallum, Orme and the puffers of Glenlight, a vast array of ships are shown. Many of the piers are still an important part of life on the West Coast with Caledonian MacBrayne ferries running between the mainland and the Islands.

A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel Volume Two: The Welsh Coast (Paperback): Peter Gosson A Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel Volume Two: The Welsh Coast (Paperback)
Peter Gosson
R424 R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Save R60 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the second half of a detailed history of sand dredging in the Bristol Channel - the result of over thirty years' research. Concentrating on the Welsh coast, A Century of Sand Dredging: Volume Two documents the sand trade from its inception in 1912 to the present day, and examines the sand dredgers employed through the years, and the Welsh companies engaged in the trade. Information has been drawn from a wide range of sources, including the author's own experiences of the trade and its ships - his own father was a master of Bristol sand dredgers for over twenty-five years. Further information from interviews with crew members, company records, shipping records and photographic records, especially the Cedric Catt collection, has been collated and presented, with a vast number of illustrations, to form a book that will appeal to anyone with an interest in maritime trade and the history of the Bristol Channel.

Deer Isle's Undefeated America's Cup Crews - Humble Heroes from a Downeast Island (Paperback): Mark J. Gabrielson Deer Isle's Undefeated America's Cup Crews - Humble Heroes from a Downeast Island (Paperback)
Mark J. Gabrielson
R462 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In 1895, emissaries from the New York Yacht Club traveled to Deer Isle, Maine, to recruit the nation's best sailors, an "All American" crew. This remote island in Penobscot Bay sent nearly thirty of its fishing men to sail "Defender," and under skipper Hank Haff, they beat their opponents in a difficult and controversial series. To the delight of the American public, the charismatic Sir Thomas Lipton sent a surprise challenge in 1899. The New York Yacht Club knew where to turn and again recruited Deer Isle's fisherman sailors. Undefeated in two defense campaigns, they are still considered one of the best American sail-racing teams ever assembled. Read their fascinating story and relive their adventure.

The Galveston-Houston Packet - Steamboats on Buffalo Bayou (Paperback): Andrew W Hall The Galveston-Houston Packet - Steamboats on Buffalo Bayou (Paperback)
Andrew W Hall
R459 R370 Discovery Miles 3 700 Save R89 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Many imagine the settlement of the American West as signaled by the dust of the wagon train or the whistle of a locomotive. During the middle decades of the nineteenth century, though, the growth of Texas and points west centered on the seventy-mile water route between Galveston and Houston. This single vital link stood between the agricultural riches of the interior and the mercantile enterprises of the coast, with a round of operations that was as sophisticated and efficient as that of any large transport network today. At the same time, the packets on the overnight Houston-Galveston run earned a reputation as colorful as their Mississippi counterparts, complete with impromptu steamboat races, makeshift naval gunboats during the Civil War, professional gamblers and horrific accidents.

How to Build a Wooden Boat (Hardcover, 1st ed): David C. McIntosh How to Build a Wooden Boat (Hardcover, 1st ed)
David C. McIntosh; Illustrated by Samuel F Manning
R888 R703 Discovery Miles 7 030 Save R185 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Author built wooden boats for over 50 years and shares his knowledge about traditional, practical, plank-on-frame boat construction. Literate, warm, encouraging, insightful. Wonderfully illustrated by Sam Manning.

Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks (Hardcover): W.Craig Gaines Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks (Hardcover)
W.Craig Gaines
R858 R673 Discovery Miles 6 730 Save R185 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

On the evening of February 2, 1864, Confederate Commander John Taylor Wood led 250 sailors in two launches and twelve boats to capture the USS Underwriter, a side-wheel steam gunboat anchored on the Neuse River near New Bern, North Carolina. During the ensuing fifteen-minute battle, nine Union crewmen lost their lives, twenty were wounded, and twenty-six fell into enemy hands. Six Confederates were captured and several wounded as they stripped the vessel, set it ablaze, and blew it up while under fire from Union-held Fort Anderson. The thrilling story of USS Underwriter is one of many involving the numerous shipwrecks that occupy the waters of Civil War history. Many years in the making, W. Craig Gaines's Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks is the definitive account of more than 2,000 of these American Civil War--period sunken ships. From Alabama's USS Althea, a Union steam tug lost while removing a Confederate torpedo in the Blakely River, to Wisconsin's Berlin City, a Union side-wheel steamer stranded in Oshkosh, Gaines provides detailed information about each vessel, including its final location, type, dimensions, tonnage, crew size, armament, origin, registry (Union, Confederate, United States, or other country), casualties, circumstances of loss, salvage operations, and the sources of his findings. Organized alphabetically by geographical location (state, country, or body of water), the book also includes a number of maps providing the approximate locations of many of the wrecks -- ranging from the Americas to Europe, the Arctic Ocean, and the Indian Ocean. Also noted are more than forty shipwrecks whose locations are in question.

Since the 1960s, the underwater access afforded by SCUBA gear has allowed divers, historians, treasure hunters, and archaeologists to discover and explore many of the American Civil War-related shipwrecks. In a remarkable feat of historical detective work, Gaines scoured countless sources -- from government and official records to sports diver and treasure-hunting magazines -- and cross-indexes his compilation by each vessel's various names and nicknames throughout its career.

An essential reference work for Civil War scholars and buffs, archaeologists, divers, and aficionados of naval history, Encyclopedia of Civil War Shipwrecks revives and preserves for posterity the little-known stories of these intriguing historical artifacts.

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