Since 1973 the NAA has published a number of books on unique shipping
topics, available to subscribers at reduced rates. The books below
are recent releases.
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When one or more of the books Huddart Parker, In Coral Seas
or The Currie Line, are
purchased IN CONJUNCTION WITH a copy of A Lucky Ship...Tambar then the
cost of the additional books is only: Huddart Parker A$12.00, In
Coral Seas A$8.00, and
Currie Line A$4.00.
*NEW* A Lucky Ship: The Nine Lives of the Australian Coaster Tambar 1912-1960
- by Craig Mair
This latest high-quality book to be published by the NAA is the extraordinary
story of an ordinary little ship that had a long and eventful life. Perhaps few
Australian coasters have had a more interesting and varied history. Built in
Scotland in 1912 for the North Coast Steam Navigation Company, Tambar
worked as a lifeline to isolated river and island communities, first in New
South Wales, then for the Tasmanian Government and Holymans in Bass Strait
(King Island) and as the last steamer serving the Gippsland Lakes. In between
she even spent a few years in Papua New Guinea. When World War II broke out,
was commissioned into the RAN as an auxiliary minesweeper, but
after the terrible Darwin air raid in 1942 became the first vessel of the newly
formed Salvage Board, later assisting in the search for survivors of the Battle
of the Coral Sea. Returning to Bass Strait in 1944 for a few more years, she
then spent the 1950s on standby as a salvage vessel in Melbourne, working on
, E.J. Fairnie
, and River
Craig Mair grew up in Grangemouth, Scotland where Tambar
was built, and became interested after inheriting a builder's model from his
father. He has consulted thousands of records, including the ship's logs,
tracked down witnesses, and assembled over 100 photographs and maps to give a
unique insight into Tambar
's story, and coastal Australia in the middle
decades of the twentieth century, before roads took over the transport task.
Besides many colourful stories of shipwrecks and strandings, strange cargoes,
salty characters, exotic places, wartime air raids, and salvage jobs, the book
includes a definitive account of the worst Second World War 'friendly fire'
incident in Australian waters in Moreton Bay in 1942. A Lucky Ship
, 17 x 25cm,
with 250 pages, Appendices, Bibliography and Indices, is profusely illustrated,
well written and a very good read. Special price to NAA LOG subscribers is
A$29.95 (includes P&P in Australia). RRP is A$36.00 to non-subscribers. (Note:
see the SALE BOOKS available when purchased in conjunction with a copy of this
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HUDDART PARKER: A Famous Australasian Shipping Company 1876-1961
Published November 2008: While writing a history of Huddart Parker, Auckland
maritime historian Bill Laxon regrettably became ill and died. His draft script
was taken over and completed by three of his friends - Howard Dick, Ian
Farquhar and Tom Stevens. The 248-page book is the first definitive history of
this important Melbourne-based shipowner. Huddart Parker was not only a famous
Australian interstate shipping company but also the only one to maintain a
passenger line to New Zealand. Its coastal liners Westralia and
Zealandia, trans-Tasman liners Ulimaroa and Wanganella and
Bass Strait ferries Nairana and Taroona were all household names.
The company also operated a fleet of interstate cargo ships,
tugs at Melbourne and Port Adelaide, and excursion steamers on Port Phillip
Bay. Besides shipping, it owned large coal mines, had shareholdings in many
other companies, and was a pioneer investor in domestic aviation. This book
records the history from the arrival of the founders during the gold rush of
the 1850s, through the establishment of the company in 1876 to its takeover and
withdrawal from shipping in 1961.
There are appendices on the Bay excursion
trade, James Huddart's Canadian Australian Royal Mail Line, personalia, shore
offices, tugs, collieries and the company's venture into aviation, as well as a
detailed fleet list and comprehensive index. It is a soft-cover publication
(250 x 176 cm) of 248 pages with 135 illustrations of virtually all the cargo
and passenger ships, Bay steamers and tugs. The retail price is A$36.00 but
subscribers to THE LOG are offered the book at the special price of A$30.00
(both prices inclusive of postage and packing to any address in Australia).
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In Coral Seas: the History of the New Guinea Australia Line
Based on the manuscript by Martin Speyer and published in conjunction with
John Swire & Sons China Navigation Company. This is the story of the New
Guinea Australia Line (Chief Container Service since 1977), one of the
largest shipping operations in the South Pacific, with strong links into
The first twenty-five years are covered by the edited memoirs of the late
Martin Speyer, who set up the NGAL. The later history and a collection
of sea-going memories are presented by former ship's officers, with
an illustrated list of the company's ships.
Special price to NAA subscribers is now only A$15.00.
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The Currie Line of Melbourne
By Bill Laxon, MBE: In the closing years of the 19th century and the
first decade of
the 20th century, the ships of Archibald Curie & Company made up one
of the largest Melbourne-based fleets. It was the only Australian company
with a major presence in the trades to India and south-east Asia until
1913, when it was taken over by the large British India Steam Navigation
The book illustrates all of the Currie steamers, as well as providing a
fleet list of their sailing ships and steamers. The author, the late
Bill Laxon MBE, was an Auckland lawyer and maritime historian
specialising in the ships and history of the P&O group companies.
Special price to NAA subscribers is now only A$7.00, or A$5.00 with any other book.
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Associate of the NAA
An associated NZ organization to the NAA is the New Zealand Ship &
. They have also published a number of books and a quarterly
magazine - see their website. One long-time member of both organizations is the
author Ian Farquhar, who has published a number of books for both the
NZS&MS and the NAA. One such book is listed below:
THE TYSER LEGACY:
A history of Port Line and its associated companies
By Ian Farquhar:
This book is a definitive history of Port Line, one of the four main liner
companies in the New Zealand and Australian trades with Britain and the East
Coast of North America. Detailed histories of the associated companies,
including Montreal Australia and New Zealand Line, Crusader Shipping
Company, Compass Line, Atlas Line, Associated Container Transportation
(Australia) Ltd and the Pacific Australia Direct Line are all given.
The illustrations include Tyser, Corry, Royden and Milburn vessels plus all
the ships owned or time-chartered by Port Line on liner services. There are
216 black and white illustrations and 27 in colour.
THE TYSER LEGACY is a hard-back 376 page publication (260 x 190) published
by the N.Z. Ship & Marine Society in 2007.
The book is available
from: Ian Farquhar, P O Box 1175, Dunedin, 9054, New Zealand.
A$40.00 for Australian addresses NZ$35.00 (New Zealand orders) (inclusive of
postage and packing).
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NAA Books Now Out of Print
Some early NAA publications are now out of print and available only through
second-hand sources, but from time to time the NAA obtains copies of these books
in good condition. Contact the Treasurer for availability. Books include:
- Australian Merchant ships - 2008 by Malcolm Dippy and Tony Starke
- a colour illustrated reference to Australian merchant ships as of 2008.
- Compendium of Australasian Merchant Ships 1831-2008 by Robert
(Bob) Tompkins - a listing of non-sail-powered Australian, New Zealand and
South Pacific merchant ships.
- STRAITSMAN: Lifeline to an Island by Neil Pollard - traces
the ship's history from the planning stages through to her new life in
- Howard Smith Shipping: Enterprise and Diversity 1854-2001
by Ian Farquhar - a chronology of the company, the directors, financial
details, and a comprehensive list of all cargo and passenger vessels,
hulks, lighters and managed tonnage.
- Australian Merchant Ships 2005 compiled by Malcolm Dippy and
Tony Starke - a quick reference to the particulars of the merchant ships of
Australia as of 2005.
- Far Eastern Fleets (1973) - the first attempt to catalogue
the fleets of some of the major Hong Kong and Shanghai-based shipping
- The Whalers of Tangalooma (1980)
- The Main Line Fleet of Burns Philp (1981) - important record
of all ships of pioneering Australian company Burns Philp.
- Beancaker to Boxboat: Steamship Companies in Chinese Waters
(1988) - covers every major Hong Kong and Shanghai liner shipping
company, and sets a new standard of research.
- Sold East: Traders, Tramps and Tugs of Chinese Waters
(1991) - covers the tramp ship owners and towage and salvage operators
based in Shanghai and Hong Kong.
The NAA was founded in 1968 and is run by volunteers dedicated to recording,
researching, preserving and publishing the maritime history of Australia, New
Zealand and the South West Pacific.
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