and MARITIME ARCHAEOLOGY
- A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO RESEARCH AND DISCOVERY
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
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.
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.
ARCHAEOLOGY IN AUSTRALIA
by Michael Nash.
dustjacket, medium format, 224 pages, full colour throughout, maps, drawings,
photographs, notes, bibliography, index.
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.
ARCHAEOLOGY - A TECHNICAL HANDBOOK
Edition. Jeremy Green. $115.00
the back cover blurb:
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
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
lamiated boards, 470 pages, manay mono photographs, charts, graphs, index,
longer available from us.
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
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.
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
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
INTO THE PAST - ARCHAEOLOGY UNDER WATER
Rackl. Translated by Ronald J. Floyd
dustjacket, illustrated boards (same image as dust jacket). Illustrated
with maps, photographs, and drawings, 292 pages, index.
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
the one copy, second-hand, excellent condition, dustjacker small repaired
tear top. $22.00
Story of the migrant Clipper ‘Ticonderoga', its ill-fated voyage and its
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.
148 pages, mono prints. $26.00
from the End of an Era.
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)
Highly Recommended. See also immediately below.
The Offshore Lights
Australian Lighthouse Traders,
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.
A Visitors Guide
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.
tales of Australia's wrecks and maritime history.
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.
||PORT ROYAL - THE SUNKEN
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.
TRADERS OF PORT PHILLIP - VOLUME 1
Softcover, 162 pages, mono
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
||THE BUCCANEER'S BELL
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
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
story of nineteenth century emigration on board the sailing ship ‘Constance'
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