|CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS
New Zealand Shipwrecks
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NEW ZEALAND DISASTERS 1795-1936.
C. W. N. Ingram & P. O. Wheatley.
First edition: Dunedin Book Publishing Association. Dunedin N.Z. 1936.
Roy.8vo. Or.cl. ; 504 pages with frontispiece and 123 text-illusts.
SHIPWRECKS - NEW
ZEALAND DISASTERS 1795-1950
NEW ZEALAND SHIPWRECKS
NEW ZEALAND SHIPWRECKS
NEW ZEALAND SHIPWRECKS
NEW ZEALAND SHIPWRECKS
195 YEARS OF DISASTER AT SEA
|GOLD FROM THE SEA.
James Taylor. 1942.
Captain John Williams and his crew on board the old salvage vessel Claymore recovered more than two million pounds Sterling of gold from the Royal Mail Steamer Niagara off the northern end of New Zealand. She had gone down in June 1940. The principal diver in this remarkable recovery was Australian diver Johnno Johnstone. This is the origional story of the salvage of the gold.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 270 pages, several mono plates. [ps]
Top: Australasian Publishing
Co. Pty Ltd. Sydney. 1942.
Below: George G.Harrap &
Co. Ltd. London and Sydney,
The romantic story of sunken treasure retrieved from record ocean depths in New Zealnd.
R.J.Dunn, in collaboration with Diver J.Johnstone.
Published by A.H. & A.W.Reed, Wellington, NZ, 1942.
Softcover, 51 pages, a few mono prints. The earliest publication on the raising of the gold from the Niagara off the north coast New Zealand in 1941. Several books have been subsequently published on the raising of gold bars from the wreck - see Gold From the Sea, above. A rare publication.
|THE ELINGAMITE AND ITS TREASURE
First published by Hodder and Stoughton, London and Auckland, 1969.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 192 pages, mono prints.
The passenger steamer Elingamite went down off the Three Kings Islands, north of New Zealand's north island, in 1902, and took with it forty-five lives, and a wsmall treasure of jewels in a suitcase. The jewels were recovered by the author and the respected diver, the late Kelly Tarlton. (Much of the jewellery i on display at the ship museum at the Bay of Islands, NZ, established by Kelly). This book tells of the loss of the ship, its re-discovery, and recovery of the jewellery.
Max Lambert and Jim Hartley
First published 1969 by A.H. & A.W.Reed, Wellington. Several reprints.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 222 pages, mono photographs.
In the early hours of 10 April 1968, the 8,948 ton ferry Wahine struck Barret's reef on its regular crossing of Cook Strait, between New Zealand's north and south islands. Fifty-one lives were lost, the miracle being that it could have been much worse considering the atrociou conditions. It was to be New Zealand's worst maritime disaster since the loss of the Wairarapa in 1894, when 121 lives were lost. [ps]
From the fly: Cook Strait separating the North and South Islands of New Zealand, is an area of high winds and strong tidal currents. In the fiercer gales the seas run high and flying spray may reduce visibility to zero. The passage from the strait into Wellington Harbour is narrow. In the very entrance lies Barrett Reef—a chain of jagged rocks that reduce the main channel to a width of three quarters of a mile. In severe storm conditions ships leaving or entering the harbour exercise extreme caution: the Pencarrow coast has taken a heavy toll. Despite this the regular ferry services plying between Wellington and the southern ports had run with commendable safety and regularity for 80 years and more. Latterly a meteorological network and modern navigational aids seemed to have minimised the risks. Even in the fiercest weather, Wellingtonians would say no more than: "The ferry may be an hour or two late this morning." In the early hours of 10 April 1968 the 8,948 ton steamer express Wahine, pride of the Union Steam Ship Company's fleet, was battling her way northwards to Wellington through weather that was bad, though not abnormally so. But when approaching the position of maximum danger from the reef she was struck by a storm of unprecedented ferocity. Visibility dropped to zero; the ship's radar was disabled, and in wildly-plunging seas she struck Barrett Reef. Badly holed, her engines out of action, she drifted helplessly up-harbour to founder off the western shore.
Though men in ships big and small risked their craft and their lives to go to the rescue in that storm, 51 of the Wahine's complement of 735 passengers and crew lost their lives. The miracle is that, in such conditions, the toll was so light.This was New Zealand's worst maritime disaster since 1894, when 121 lives were lost in the wreck of the Wairarapa off Great Barrier Island. In this book the loss of the Wahine and the events that followed are narrated by two journalists of the New Zealand Press Association who were covering the events of 10 April and were directly concerned in reporting its sequel, the official enquiry.From interviews with members of the Wahme's passengers and crew, and with their rescuers, and from the official enquiry report, Max Lambert and Jim Hartley have re-created in dramatic form, but without pandering to sensation.
WRECK OF THE GENERAL GRANT
First published 1974 by A.H. & A.W.Reed Ltd, Wellington, NZ.
Hardcover, 168 pages, mono prints.
She went down in the Auckland Islans south of New Zealand on 6 May 1866, and has never been found, inspite o several determined and costly searches. Sixty-eight people perished, many of them women and children - and a further six lost in the expeditions to search for its fabled treasure. Hpw much gold was the ship carrying? It is not known for certain, but at last sufficient to search for it.
|THE WRECK OF
New Zealand's worst sea disaster.
Roy M. Hetherington.
Cassell New Zealand, 1975. ISBN 0 7269 3703 7.
From the fly:
On 7 February 1863 the British warship HMS Orpheus was wrecked on a shoal at the entrance to Manukau Harbour. Although the disaster occurred in fine con- ditions, rising surf later prevented rescue boats from reaching the ship and, of the complement of 258, the final tally of deaths was 189, establishing the wreck as the. most tragIc in New Zealand's history. The circumstances of ,he wreck were shrouded in doubt and rumour until Roy Hetherington presented the relevant details in one volume, enabling the reader to draw his own conclusions as to the causes. Roy Hetherington has based his account on the personal narratives of three people involved in the wreck; Edward Wing, shore signalman at the time, survivor James Mason, bosun on the Orpheus, and Thomas Bellhouse, a passenger on the rescuing steamer. Amongst other material pertaining to the disaster Mr Hetherington has included contemporary reports on the wreck and related events from the New Zealand Herald, and the full proceedings of the Admiralty inquiry. The presentation is enhanced with photographs of historical interest, including persons concerned and the area of the wreck.
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