. Link image for all book categories.
. . . . All prices are $ Australian.
MARITIME  HISTORY
and MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY
..

 
We dont have a large range of maritime history titles but what we lack in quantity we gain in quality. And we hope to expand our range in time as quality books come on the market.

See also Australian Shipwrecks, World Shipwrecks, and Salvage and Treasure


 
SHIPWRECKS - A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO RESEARCH AND DISCOVERY
Peter Taylor. 
Softcover, A4, size, 178 pages, mono photographs, charts, drawings. 
A superb book and a must for all shipwreck divers - and of course maritime archaeologists and historians, museum curators and anyone interested in the ships that lie on the oceans bed. This is a very practical book, written by a man whose dedicated research had led to new wreck discoveries. His practical knowledge has dedication to the 'preservation' of our historic shipwrecks has led the author to deservedly been awarded the Jack Loney Memorial Award for his significant contribution to maritime knowledge and further education. 
From the introduction:
Researching and discovering shipwrecks. Is it an art; or is it a science? Since finding my first wreck over forty years ago, at the age of thirteen, conducting shipwreck searches has turned into a part time way of life. These experiences have led me to the conclusion that it is both an art and a science.
I have spent over thirty-five years actively searching for shipwrecks and twenty-four as a volunteer avocational archaeologist for Heritage Victoria. In between I have discovered over twenty shipwrecks. The wrecks range in size and variety from a 50 ton sailing vessel, to a 6924 ton steamer, plus a submarine and a plane too.
But finding out about the techniques involved in discovering shipwrecks within Australian coastal waters has only been achieved by trial and error. Where do you start? How and where do you conduct primary research? How do you run a project? What type of equipment do you need to find a shipwreck? What type of shipwreck are you searching for: barque, ship or barquentine? Does the steamship you are searching for have an oscillating or grasshopper engine? How do you estimate the weight of a steel or iron wreck for a magnetometer search; or, the amount of iron contained on a wooden wreck?
Answers to these and other questions will be provided and hopefully, after reading this book, you will have a greater understanding of how and where to find shipwrecks. To aid in this I will describe and give a number of case studies on how I approach, and how I find those elusive shipwrecks. Finding shipwrecks is a science and art that is one part inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.  $40.00
OXFORD COMPANION TO SHIPS AND THE SEA
I.C.B.Dear and Peter Kemp.
This exceellent book has been on-and-off in print since 1976, and is now available in paperback. It is an excellent encyclopedic guide to anything related to the sea, and is thus of immense value to any keen diver. I use it constantly. This 2005 paperback edition has been revised, with over 2600 A to Z entries on every imaginable subject to do with marine matters - from warfare at seaa and maritime archaeology to Cook and Crusoe, shipbuilding, smuggling, oceanography, divinmg, naval history, marine wildlife and even thge latest ‘in' subject, climate change. A great reference and even a book that you can pick up and delve into at any page. 
Limited number of copies only availaable. Softcover, 678 pages, many drawings and a few photographs. 
$45.00 incl GST.
SHIPWRECK ARCHAEOLOGY IN AUSTRALIA
Edited by Michael Nash. 
Hardcover, dustjacket, medium format, 224 pages, full colour throughout, maps, drawings, photographs, notes, bibliography, index. 
"Since the loss of the Trial (Tryal) in 1622 more than seven thousand shipwrecks have occurred in Australian waters. A significant number of these have now been ocated - often revealing theselves as time capsules providing fascinating insights into marine transportation, cargoes and early colonial life."  So states the blurb on the fly of this excellent book. I would have said that the number of wrecks is more in the order of 10,000, probably more, and that the number found is rather insignificant when one considers the aspect of quantity - but, quite significant if we consider the historical importance of the wrecks that have been, and more important, competentally researched and investigated in situ. To continue the blurb... "This is the story of how a unique underwater resource has been consertved and protected as part of the nation's rich maritime heritage - including wrceks associated with early exploration, colonial trade, whaling and the introduction of steam technology. Containing comprehensive maps and many previously unpublished photographs, Shipwrecks Archaeology documents the work of leading maritime archaeologists on some of Australia's most important shipwreck sites." Yes, indeed we have here a description of exceptional woprk on several important wrecks: Batavia, Sirius, Pandora, Sydney Cove, Rapid, Clonmel, James matthews, William Salthouse, Water Witch, Cheviot, City of Launceston, Zanoni, Xantho and Tasman. Each ship, ie chapter, is written by an expert in their field, a maritime archaeologist and/or historian who has had an intimate reltionship with the vessel. And how fortunate we are in this country to have such people as Anderson, gesner, Green, Harvey, Henderson, Jeffery, McCarthy, Nash, Richards, Sexton, Stanbury, Staniforth and Strachan... and many others who have also contributed to the maritime archaeology on the wrecks. This is a surperb book which covers my doctrine of judging an excellent publication - the three ‘E's' - does it Educate, Entertain and Encourage: it certainly does. It is a wonderful source of knowlegde, a great read, and an enthusiastic inspiration for us to appreciate our mritime heritage and to preserve what we can of its physical representations for future generations. I should also add that the book itself is superbly prsented, which apprears typical, it seems, of anything that Mike Nash puts his hand on.
MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY - A TECHNICAL HANDBOOK
Second Edition. Jeremy Green.  $115.00
From the back cover blurb:
Jeremy Green's systematic overview of maritime archaeology offers a step-by-step description of this fast-growing field. With new information about the use of computers and Global
Positioning Systems, the Second Edition of this handbook shows how to extract as much information as possible from a site, how to record and document the data, and how to act ethically and responsibly with the artifacts. Treating underwater archaeology as a discipline, the book demonstrates how archaeologists, academics, governments, the general public, and "looters" interact. Well illustrated and comprehensive in its approach to the subject, this book provides an essential foundation for everybody interested in underwater cultural heritage. Covers global positioning systems. Reviews cultural resource management. Summarizes remote sensing. Describes the applications of software.
Hardcover, lamiated boards, 470 pages, manay mono photographs, charts, graphs, index, references.
No longer available from us.
BENEATH THE SEVEN SEAS 
Edited by George Bass. 
As any nautical archaeologist and wreck enthusiast knows, George Bass is the father of modern nautical archaeology, and his brilliant A History of Seafaring Based on Underwater Archaeology published in 1972 became a prime text which encouraged so many to up the science. Much has happened in underwater exploration and nautical study since those days three decades ago - this book covers some forty expeditions and underwater excavations, recovery and conservation that has happened since then.  The many contributors, each with a chapter describing their own work, include our own Jeremy Green (okay, he is a pom but we have adopted him), who wrotes not only on the ancient wrecks of the Great Basses Reef off Sri Lanka, but also the popular modern wrecks of Truk Lagoon. Other areas of expeditions include Greece, Turkey, Korea, Natherland, the Caribbean, Egypt, and the USA. I am a bit surprised that the excellent worlk done on the Dutch ships of the 17th and 18th century off the WA coast by Jeremy Green and the WA Museum does not rate a chapter, but the subtitle of the book ‘Adbetures with the (USA based) Institute of Nautical Archaeology' answers that concern. The book is extremely well illustrated in colour throughout, well written in a readable non-academic style, and is sure to entertain, educate and encourage. Hardcover, dustjacket, large format, 256 pages, index, bibliography. $66.00
MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY. 
Papers from the First Southern Hemisphere Conference. Excellent coverage of legislation, Australian wrecks, amateur involvement, conservation. Contributions by Green, Henderson, Marx, Stenuit, Kelly Tarlton, Colin Pearson. 
Softcover, 160p. 
$16.00
BALLAST SITES OPERATIONS AND CRAFT OF PORT PHILLIP
Bob Leek.   $24.00
The author, a retired merchant and naval seaman, continues hius unselfish work in providing further historic information on the vessels tht plied the Victoria waters more than a century ago. Not for him are the glossy hardcover books - Bob presents his information factually and without gloss - a simple square-back book of facts on, in this instance, vessels that only a mother could love, so to speak. Yet the ballast craft of Port Phillip were so vital to our development, to the increasing import commerce of Melbourne. These purpose-buiolt craft were usually flat-bottomed, fitted with lee-boards and propelled by sweeps when sail could nopt be used; generally sailed by their owners. Their role was not in any way glamorous. Indeed, it would have been hard, tedious work. When ships arrived at Melbourne laden with passengers and/or cargo, they would normally depart with less in weight that what they arrived. This would lead to instability of the vessel if they should continue their outward voyages, so they were loaded with ‘ballast', small bluestone pieces called ‘spalls'. With limited dock and wharf space available, a vessel could not simply lie at wharf till the ballast was loaded hence the ballast craft weere required to ferry the stones to the ships at anchor. It would be stretching the imagination to suggest that they had a romance of their own, but there was a cultur, a bond, sometimes tenuous, between the ballast men. Bob Leek does not write so much of this but moreso presents dated details of operations based on various shipping records. Softcover, 116 pages, mono throughout, index.
BARQUE POLLY WOODSIDE (RONA)
Vin Darroch.  Published by Lowden Publishing Co., Victoria, 1978. 
Launched in Belfast in 1885, she has retained her life by being restored, and is in permanent dock on the Yarra River at Melbourne. Book is as new. Softcover, 141 pages, index, glossary, listing of volunteers who worked on the restoration, list of donors, fine mono prints.$35.00
No longer available.
DIVING INTO THE PAST - ARCHAEOLOGY UNDER WATER
Hanns-Wolf Rackl. Translated by Ronald J. Floyd
Hardcover, dustjacket, illustrated boards (same image as dust jacket). Illustrated with maps, photographs, and drawings, 292 pages, index.
From the fly:
For centuries tales of sunken pirate treasure, ancient shipwrecks, and submerged cities have lured scientists and divers. But before the turn of the century they did not have the diving and salvaging equipment to raise their finds or techniques for preserving wood and metals that had rotted hundreds of years on the ocean bottom. Then "the bends," a mysterious seizure found in divers, was conquered, and frogman equipment was developed by marine pioneers. Underwater archaeology slowly became a science. The treasures it is bringing up from the deep include valuable cargoes, great works of art, and, most important, knowledge of ancient peoples and their cultures. Marine detectives have traced the routes and even the owners of ships, filling in gaps in the history of ancient trade. Forgotten secrets of Greek and Roman shipbuilders have come to light. Cities that have survived only in legend have been rediscovered and photographed. Diving into the Past is a lively and scrupulously researched account of a recent science, from early finds by sponge divers and fishermen to the discoveries of modern expeditions. The author, who often writes from firsthand experience, also covers technical advances, new salvaging equipment, and the future of underwater archaeology.
Just the one copy, second-hand, excellent condition, dustjacker small repaired tear top.  $22.00
FEVER BEACH. 
Mary Kruithof. 
The Story of the migrant Clipper ‘Ticonderoga', its ill-fated voyage and its historic impact. 
The Ticonderoga dropped anchor in Port Phillip on 3 November 1852 after ninety days out from Liverpool, riddled with disease. Including her period in quarantin, 168 hopeful immigrants and crew were dead. Although the Ticonderoga sailed again, the inclusion of her story in this catalog is most relevant, as Fever Beach gives a superb account of the problems of the immigrants that settled Australia in the 19th century, irrespective of the ship. It is also relevant to the many divers who dive Point Nepean and are familiar with the Quarantine Station. This is an excellent book. 
Softcover, 148 pages, mono prints. $26.00
No Longer Available.
LIGHTHOUSES OF AUSTRALIA
Images from the End of an Era.
John Ibbotson. 
This is a truly superb publication, for its quality of photographs, which are stunning to say the least, the appropriate text, and the production of the overall book itself. Of large square format, 282 pages, hardcover with dust jacket of course, full colour throughout, it shows all the lighthouses of Australia, dutifully recorded by a superb professional photographer with a passion for this aspect of our lost maritime heritage, and an appreciation of lighting in his images. It is wonderful to be able to see excellent images of the many lighthouses I have visited, especially the burnt Deal Island light (which was repainted). For anyone interested in lighthouses, and indeed, in our maritime history, this book is a must, and is the definitive work on Australian lighthouses. (Image on left is only part of cover)
.$95.00.  Highly Recommended.  See also immediately below.
LIGHTHOUSES OF AUSTRALIA
The Offshore Lights
John Ibbotson.
Australian Lighthouse Traders, Sydney, 2006.
Hardcover, dustjacket, large format 370 x 275 mm, full colour throughout. index, selected bibliography.
Compliments the previous lighthouse book by the author (see above). This superb book, full of exceptional photographs, describe the smaller un-manned lights that surround our vast coastline. Some of the larger lighthouses (such as on Deal Island, and at Point Lonsdale, are also ncluded, possibly because they are un-manned. Includes lanters and lenses, buoys, lighthouse tender vessels, offshore island and stand-alone lights. Both these books by Ibbotson must be classes as the one of the finest produced books in and on Australia. 
LIGHTHOUSES OF AUSTRALIA 
A Visitors Guide
John Ibbotson.
This superb guide cover ssome one hundred and fifty light-houses around Australia, and is designed as a brief introduction to each light, and how to access it. It complements the larger definitive book produced by Ibbotson, yet is a compact book on its own with 180 superb photographs, eight maps, and details such as visiting hours and costs, accommodation and musuems, as well as a brief history of each light.
Hardcover, laminated board, 258 pages, full colour throughout.
$39.95
No Longer Available.
MARITIME AUSTRALIA
Jack Loney. 
Fascinating tales of Australia's wrecks and maritime history. 
Softcover,118 pages.
$16.00
NORTH COAST RUN. 
Mike Richards. 
This popular title is now in its ThirdEdition, and covers the men, ships and shipping along the north coast of New South wales, Australia. It is accompanied by a number of superb photographs of ships, wrecks and harbours, and includes a list of the ships owned by North Coast Steam Navigation Co. Wonderful reading. Softcover, 174 pages, mono plates, oblong format. 
$27.45 No Longer Available.
PORT ROYAL - THE SUNKEN CITY
Robert F. Marx.
In the seventeenth century, Port Royal was a legendary city, a city of vast wealth and pleasure-seeking, the home port of the buccaneers. Today, Port Royal is a city of legends, legends of the 1692 earthquake and tidal wave that caused the city to sink beneath the sea, and legends of the fortunes that may be buried there. Bob Marx was caught up in those legends. Hos excellent book, whiuch has undergone many editions, describes the fulfillment of his childhood dream: a two-and-a-half year exploration of the historic Jamaican port. The first investigation of the site by a trained marine archaeologist, his expedition discovered thousands of perfectly preserved artifacts of life in the 17th century city: silver and pewter ware; brass, iron and wooden tools; and much more, including two hoards of classic buried treasure: Spanish pieces of eight. But Port Royal did not easily give up its treasures: working on a painfully slim budget, Marx and his rag-tag crew had to cope with murky, polluted waters; inhospitable sharks, eels and crabs; razorsharp coral and ancient walls on the verge of collapse; and the intractable opposition of some financial and political interests. Blending real-life adventure, colourful history and the thrill of discovery, Marx has written a fascinating account of one of the most important marine archaeological expeditions ever undertaken. Hardback, 304 pages. $48.00.
SAIL TRADERS OF PORT PHILLIP - VOLUME 1
Bob Leek
Softcover, 162 pages, mono prints, index. 
Covers vessels named from A to D.(Abstainer to Dundee).
This is an attempt to record the many small sail traders of 100-ton or less, that were built, owned, or registered in Victorian ports, Melbourne, Geelong, Warmambool, Portland, Port Fairy, etc.For many years these craft provided the only passenger and cargo service between Melbourne and the many small settlements in Port Phillip Bay, coastal Victoria, and in the Bass Strait trade. The principal ports of call for the bay traders were Geelong, Queenscliff, St. Leonards, Portarlington, Mornington, Frankston, Dromana, Mount Martha, Rye, Sorrento, and Portsea. In Melbourne their regular berths were, in the main, the Lime Wharf, located between Wright & Orr's and Duke's dry docks, South Wharf, or in the Little Dock on the north side of the Yarra, adjacent to the Spencer street bridge.
$34.00
THE BUCCANEER'S BELL
Hugh Edwards. 
Hugh Edwards is well known to Australian divers for his many excellent books on maritime history and diving. His latest offering is a rediscovery of two major explorers of the modern world. In 1699, William Dampier set sail through the English Channel aboard the Roebuck, a rotten and ruinous fire ship which was never to meet its destination of Australia. Similarly in France, 1817, Louis de Freycinet was aboard his own scientific vessel Uranie, bound on a voyage around the world. Despite being shipwrecked on rocks off the Falkland Islands, Freycinet's time was spent shared with that of his new young wife Rose, who was disguised as a man and smuggled on board before the ship set sail from France.
The third and final voyage in the book began at Perth International airport in 2001, where seven men mulled over their intention of searching for the shipwrecks of Dampier and Freycinet in their South Atlantic graves. What they were to discover in their final days of the mission was beyond even their wildest imagination…. A tale of hope, success and immeasurable adventure.
Softcover, A4 size, 212 pages, colour plates, recommended reading, index. $39.95
WILLIAM WOOD'S DIARY
A story of nineteenth century emigration on board the sailing ship ‘Constance' in 1852. 
Peter Pennington.
This is a true account of life aboard an emigranmt vessel from Liverpool to Melbourne in the lowest steerage class, with 350 adults and children crammed aboard. The struggles of life and death, just to exist, and the dishonesty that prevails. The gold rush was on, encouraging many ‘Poms' to seek their fortune, or if not, at least a life of freedom and opportunity distiunct from the poverty in Britain. It is on the courage, hopes and fears of these imigrants that modern Australia was built. Softcover, 330 pages, mono prints and charts. $42.00 
No Longer Available.
Oceans Enterprises, 303 Commercial Road, Yarram, Vic 3971, Australia.