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Shipwrecks & Salvage in South Africa - 1505 to the Present
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Shipwrecks & Salvage in South Africa - 1505 to the Present

By Turner, Malcolm

(Cape Town: Struik, 1988) 0869773879. 4to; original pictorial blue boards; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 224, incl. index; lavishly illustrated in monochrome and full colour with contemporary and modern artwork and photographs; complete annotated geographical list of all wrecks off the South African coast. Short, closed tear to top edge of dustwrapper, which is foxed on reverse side; edges of boards slightly rubbed; occasional fox spot. Very good condition. “The subject of shipwrecks has always been a fascinating one, and the treacherous South African coast the scene of a great number of shipping disasters. Some have become famous, such as the wrecking of the Grosvenor or the Birkenhead, while others are generally unknown. In this book, the result of more than eight years' diligent and painstaking research, the author has brought together facts about close on a thousand wrecks that have occurred on the coast of South Africa, from the earliest recorded Portuguese wreck, that of a vessel of which the name has been lost to us, in 1505, to the latest notable shipwreck, that of the Daeyang Family, in 1986. All aspects of shipwreck and salvage are covered in the text and illustrations, beginning with a historical overview. The causes of shipwrecks, cargoes, treasure hunts, the development of salvage techniques, and underwater archaeology are discussed. The lively, authoritative main text, which will delight the expert and the layman alike, is copiously illustrated with photographs (many of which have never previously been published), maps, paintings and line drawings. Many text boxes have been included, containing interesting side-notes to the main text, clarifications or broader perspectives. The book is rounded off with an Alphabetical, Chronological and Geographical list of all the noteworthy shipwrecks that have occurred on our coast. Shipwrecks and Salvage in South Africa is without a doubt the most comprehensive publication on the subject and will be indispensible to anybody with an interest in shipwrecks.” .

$26.33

I Have a Plan

By Van Delden, Gertrude

(Cape Town: Howard Timmins for Hodder & Stoughton, [ca 1950]). 8vo; original blue cloth, lettered in black on spine; no dustwrapper; pictorial endpapers; pp. 262; plates. Backstrip a little tanned, and worn at extremities; corners turned; spine a bit cocked; some foxing to edges and endpapers, occasional fox spot elsewhere. Good. "The death of Skipper van Delden, who tackled 28 salving jobs and succeeded in 27, robs South Africa of a man of world stature in his profession of making ships float again." - The Cape Times, Jan. 13, 1947 .

$6.58

Tales of Shipwrecks at the Cape of Storms

By Gribble, John, & Gabriel Athiros

(Cape Town: Historical Media, 2008) 9780620421089. 4to; pictorial boards; pp. 160, incl. index; maps, photographs and artwork, including some in full colour. Earlier owner's name on front free endpaper. Fine condition. "In less than five hundred years more than two thousand ships have been consigned to a watery grave on the South African coast and the numbers of souls lost untallied. Table Bay itself is littered with about four hundred wrecks, seventy of which are buried under the reclaimed land of Cape Town's foreshore. Tales of Shipwrecks at the Cape of Storms records the intriguing stories of a few of these wrecks." .

$46.07

Shipwreck! Courage and Endurance in the Southern Seas

By Burman, Jose

(Cape Town: Human & Rousseau, 1986) 0798120061. 8vo; laminated pictorial boards; pp. 140, incl. index; plates; map. Very good condition. "These are very human stories for it is the characters rather than the events that hold our interest. There are plain tales of heroism - Wolraad Woltemade (whom everyone knows) and Jochem Willemsz (whom virtually nobody knows); there is horror in the dreadful privations of the survivors of the Cospatrick, which caught fire at sea; and there is fufilment in the inspired leadership of such men as Nuno Volho Pereira and Sir Ernest Shackleton. A truly gripping collection of disasters at sea, masterfully recounted." .

$13.16

South African Sailing Directions. Volume IV. The Coasts of the Republic of South Africa and Transkei from East London to the Mocambique Border

By Tripp, R.T. (compiler)

(Cape Town: Hydrographer, South African Navy, 1982) 0620040807. First Edition. 4to; original blue boards with later adhesive lamination; pp. viii + 160, incl. index; photographs; maps. Marine consultant's business card mounted to front pastedown; some neat pen emendations; occasional fox spot. Very good condition. Contents: East London to Port Edward; Port Edward to Durban; Durban to Cape St Lucia; Cape St Lucia to Ponta do Ouro. .

$39.49

Shipwrecks of the Western Cape
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Shipwrecks of the Western Cape

By Wexham, Brian

([Cape Town]: Howard Timmins, no date) 0869782517. 4to; original dark papered boards, lettered in white, with pictorial lower board; laminated pictorial dustwrapper, housed in removable protector; pictorial dustwrappers; pp. 124; large map; richly illustrated with photographs and artwork, some of which in full colour. Tiny tear to bottom edge of dustwrapper's upper panel; edges of boards slightly rubbed. Very good condition. "The sea routes from Table Bay to Agulhas have always known shipwreck and tragedy. Ever since early Portuguese pioneer sailors encountered the treacherous storms off the Cape, ships of every size and description have yielded to the unpredictability of the sea. This book is well illustrated with photographs and historical accounts which capture the mood of the period. Many wrecks are still visible, their presence has created a shipwreck route from Milnerton in the north to Agulhas in the east, where visitors to the Cape can see the broken limbs of ageing vessels still defying the sea which claimed them." .

$19.75

Ostindiefararen Götheborg seglar igen. The Swedish ship Götheborg sails again

By Arensberg, Ingrid

(Sävedalen: Warne Förlag, 2005) 9186425854. 4to; pictorial boards; pictorial dustwrapper, with [later?] lamination; pp. 127 + (i); liberally illustrated in full colour with period artwork and maps, plus photographs. Lamination partially lifting on dustwrapper's upper panel; light bump to bottom fore-corner of upper board. Very good condition. Bilingual text: Swedish and English. '"The Swedish ship Götheborg sails again" covers the marine-archaeological investigations of 1986-1992, the dream of a replica ship, the research and design process and the entire shipbuilding process 1995-2005, stage by stage until the launch, naming ceremony, sea trials, maiden voyage and departure for China. The book is a book of the sea and sailing. It describes what it was like to sail to China in the 1700s, and how a full-rigged ship is handled today. The book also contains a vibrant historical look back at the Swedish East India Company in the 18th century, trade with China, the long expeditions and exotic goods, the East Indiaman "Götheborg" and her dramatic end when she ran aground just short of her home port - including some enthralling excerpts from 18th century texts and new factual evidence. "The Swedish ship Götheborg sails again" is a sterling testament to a unique project! A must for everyone who would like to know more about the East Indiaman "Götheborg"!' .

$19.75

A voyage into a new century. Centenary Voyage December 1999 - February 2000

By Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company Limited

(Southampton: Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company Limited, 1999). 209 x 297 mm; saddle-stitched pictorial wrappers; pp. 25; period and contemporary artwork and photographs; deck plans. Very good condition. Centenary voyage brochure for this famous shipping line. "The year 2000. The year of the Millennium. The year the Union-Castle Mail Steamship Company reaches its Centenary. To celebrate, the Line has chartered the majestic 28,000 tonnes British-registered, British-built vessel, Victoria. She and her crew will transport you on an historic 66-day voyage circumnavigating the African continent and including many beautiful Indian Ocean Islands en route." .

$13.16

It ai'nt gonna rain no mo'. Written by the Ship's Cat. As sung by the Hornet Co-optimists. May 20th. 1925.

By [S.S. "Llanstephan Castle"]

(no place: [Union Castle Mail Steamship Company], 1925). 190 x 258 mm (190 x 129 mm, folded); pp. 4; title to first page, and lyrics to remaining three. A little creased and foxed. Good condition. By 1925, the Llanstephan Castle, which had been commissioned in 1914, was being used on the Around Africa service, her itinerary including Naples or Genoa, Suez, Aden, Mombasa, Tanga, Dar-es-Salaam, Beira, Lourenco Marques, Durban and East London, Cape Town, and a homeward journey via West Africa. .

$5.27

Great Shipwrecks off the Coast of Southern Africa

By Burman, Jose

(Cape Town: Struik, 1967). Small 4to; original blue cloth, lettered in gilt on spine; no dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. vii + (i) + 155; colour frontis.; plates. Sporadic foxing; earlier owner's bookplate to half-title; small library stamp to free endpapers. Good condition. "There is something about shipwrecks that compels attention; you must be blasé, indeed, not to feel a quickening of interest as you read the banner headlines which herald some drama of the seas. The easy, the facile, explanation is that we feel a sense of self-satisfaction when reading of the troubles which beset others; but there is more to it than that. In every shipwreck, men (and sometimes women) are exposed to extreme danger, and often to fantastic hardship. How did they act in the circumstances, and what became of them? These are the fascinating questions which shipwrecks pose. … No two of the shipwrecks described in this volume are alike; they vary in location, and in time (1554 to 1966); and even where the problems or locations, at first sight, appear similar, the outcome is often startlingly different. But all have this in common - they are the stories of men clinging stubbornly to life, pushed to the ultimate in the battle for survival. … So choose your story, and learn what others have suffered. Then, with the wisdom of hindsight, decide what you would have done, had you been shipwrecked off the coast of Southern Africa." .

$11.19

Safmarine 50

By Ingpen, Brian (author), and Willie le Roux (research)

(Cape Town: Fernwood Press, for Safmarine, 1996) 1874950113. 4to; original blue cloth, lettered in white on spine and upper cover; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; decorative endpapers; pp. 176, incl. index; liberally illustrated with photographs and artwork of personalities, ships and events associated with the firm's history. Fine condition. "This is a stirring tale of dedicated people who, in fifty short years, have built a shipping giant from nothing, other than an idea. The whole story is here: the good years and the not so good; the triumphs and the tragedies ... In these pages, you will read of the many ships and events that made Safmarine what it is today, a company to which every Safmariner can feel proud to belong." .

$26.33

Four printed menus, each with a colour picture of a South African antelope

By R.M.S. Edinburgh Castle

(no place: Union-Castle Safmarine, 1970). Luncheon menus for 20th, 21st, 26th and 27th July, 1970. Each menu 216 x 165 mm; pp. [iv]. The antelope shown are the Reedbuck, the Waterbuck, the Klipspringer, and the Cape Bushbuck, with notes on the distribution and habits of each. Trace of fishmothing to inside of one menu, otherwise very good condition. .

$13.16

South African Sailing Directions. Volume III. The Coasts of the Republic of South Africa from Table Bay to Great Kei River and Marion and Prince Edward Islands

By Tripp, R.T. (compiler), and P.B. Macpherson (revision)

(Cape Town: Hydrographer, South African Navy, 1985) 0620034017. Second Edition. 4to; original blue boards; pp. xii + 207; photographs; maps. Boards a little rubbed; occasional fox spot. Very good condition. Contents: Table Bay to Cape Agulhas, Cape Agulhas to Cape St Francis, Cape St Francis to Great Fish Point, Great Fish Point to Great Kei River, Marion and Prince Edward Islands. .

$39.49

Lighthouses of Southern Africa
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Lighthouses of Southern Africa

By Portnet (editors), and Mike Crewe-Brown (photography)

(Johannesburg: Roche Products, 1992). 4to; original green rexine, lettered in gilt on spine, and with pictorial onlay to upper cover; laminated pictorial dustwrapper, housed in removable protector; pp. 69 + (iv); full-colour photographs; some line drawings; map. Fine condition. "The Lighthouses of Southern Africa is more than just a book about lighthouses, it tells a story of the rich maritime history of our shores, a history filled with tales of bravery, foolishness and sunken treasures. A record of the past and a tribute to those lights which shine brightly both to warn sailors of hidden dangers and to welcome them home." .

$46.07

Unicorn: Navigating New Frontiers

By Ingpen, Brian

(Cape Town: Fernwood Press, 2003) 1874950733. 4to; original blue boards, lettered in grey on spine and upper cover; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pictorial endpapers; pp. 180, incl. index; profusely illustrated in full-colour and monochrome, with photographs and artwork showing personalities, vessels and events from the shipping company's illustrious history. Unicorn's compliments bookplate mounted to front free endpaper verso. Newspaper clipping entitled 'Charting growth of coastal shipping' (a review of this book) mounted to rear free endpaper recto, else fine. "Seventy years have passed since the 43-metre Cecile Mapleson first plied the coastal trade for the newly formed African Coasters in 1933. Much has happened in the interim to transform a struggling coasting company with obsolete ships into the world-class operation that Unicorn is today. Against the backdrop of rapid socio-political and economic developments in southern Africa, this book traces the history of Unicorn Shipping - a fascinating story of people, ashore and afloat, who experienced times of immense satisfaction and, sadly, also moments of tragedy. Interwoven with the main narrative text are nostalgic reflections on the various operations of the company from its earlier years to the present, as well as interesting anecdotes about many of the company's people and ships. More than 200 photographs - many published here for the first time - await readers as they browse through this book and explore the vibrant story of Unicorn." .

$29.62

South African Sailing Directions. Volume II. The Coasts of South West Africa and the Republic of South Africa from the Kunene River to Cape Hangklip

By Tripp, R.T. (compiler)

(Cape Town: Hydrographer, South African Navy, 1979) 0620040793. Second Edition. 4to; original blue boards; pp. (viii) + 219; photographs; maps. Boards rubbed; occasional fox spot. Good condition. Contents: Kunene River to Walvis Bay; Walvis Bay to Lüderitz; Lüderitz to Port Nolloth; Port Nolloth to Saldanha Bay; Saldanha Bay to False Bay. .

$39.49

The Merchantmen

By Armstrong, Richard

(London: Ernest Benn, 1969) 510126081. 4to; original green boards, lettered in gilt on spine; laminated pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 128, incl. index; monochrome illustrations; maps. Tape marks to rear free endpaper; occasional spotting. Very good condition. Volume 3 in the series 'A History of Seafaring'. " ... Richard Armstrong brings his history of seafaring to date with an account of the development of the carrying trade, dealing not only with the enormous expansion and fundamental changes that have taken place in ships and shipping over the last two hundred years, but also with the economic and political pressures that lay behind them. ... Richard Armstrong shows the growth of docks, marine insurance, and other essential facilities, as well as achievements of individual seafarers in a period when the ethos of their profession was changing beyond recognition. Illustrated with many pictures and maps." .

$6.58

A name among seafaring men: a history of the training ship General Botha

By Grütter, Wilhelm

(Cape Town, The T.B.F. Davis Memorial Sailing Trust, 1973) 0620011513. 4to; original charcoal cloth with gilt titles; dustwrapper; gilt heraldic device to blue endpapers; pp. (viii) + 173, photographic illustrations. Dustwrapper a little rubbed and edgeworn; earlier owner's name to front pastedown; trace of light foxing; tape marks to rear free endpaper. Very good condition. 'Here is the story of a ship that gained world reknown for its cadets since it began training boys for the merchant fleet in 1922. Lucidly and dispassionately, its course from ex-RN cruiser to stone frigate is charted through the hazards of controversy by which it was sometimes beset. Through the history of the General Botha wlak the shades of the men it made: admirals and actors, fighter pilots and "sky pilots", port captains, army privates and a professor; fire chiefs, naval officers, teachers and a mayor. Botha Boys, mariners who have manned every kind of ship fro a tug to a windjamer across the Seven Seas, will find a treasure trove of reminiscence in these pages, whose who love the sea and ships will be continuously fascinated.' .

$11.19

Cutlass and Yardarm

By Rosenthal, Eric

(Cape Town: Howard B. Timmins, 1954). 8vo; original blue boards; price-clipped pictorial dustwrapper; endpaper map; pp. 187 + (iii), incl. index; line drawings as head-pieces. Dustwrapper a little tanned; top edge of boards a bit eroded and fore-corners bumped; earlier owner's name on front pastedown; tape marks to rear free endpaper; some spotting. Fair to good. 'Who would fail to feel stirred by tales of pirates and mutinies in which South Africans have been concerned? Captain Kidd himself, King of all Pirates, had sundry exciting transactions with the authorities at Cape Town. There is the story of the great mutiny at Simonstown, which temporarily crippled the British Navy in our seas. Who but Eric Rosenthal would have found the astonishing facts about the "Boer Navy" and of the ship which Paul Kruger chartered to support the efforts of his burghers? Then he tells us of the terrible secret of Seaman Brookes of the Union Castle Line, - and there is the mystery of the "Perthshire," - and the story of a South African who, living in the Twentieth Century, had been chased by pirates as a youngster.' .

$8.56

Swept by Wind and Wave

By Speight, W. L.

(Cape Town: Howard Timmins, no date). 8vo; original red boards, lettered in black on spine; pictorial dustwrapper; pp. 224, incl. index; line drawings as head-pieces. Dustwrapper ever so slightly rubbed; earlier owner's name signed on front pastedown; pages somewhat browned, as usual; some foxing. Good to very good condition. "The sea and the queer things that came out of it, were very much matters of daily converse to the forebears of South Africans, often now living so far inland that perhaps it is difficult for them to realise how vital the sea once was to their existence. So many wrecks have appeared off the South African coast, the author's selection of the most interesting has not been an easy task, but here, with the glitter of scattered treasure, the remote chill of the southern icelands, the rescues and the tragedies, is the story told. Ranging from the earliest days of our history to the last world war, this fascinating book will enthrall all those who love - and sometimes hate - the sea." .

$8.56

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