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This hard back book of 201 pages, " Servants of the North," Adventures on the Coastal Trade with the Northern Steam Ship Company, was written by Cliff Furniss and published by A.H. & A.W. Reed in 1977 as a 1st Edition.

20 x 26 cms ; inscription; early photos ; good condition.
* phantom lines on dust jacket > faulty scanner *

" Servants of the North " will have a wide appeal for those to whom ships and the people who sail in them have a special attraction, and to the many people who have a hankering to know more of the past. The book sets out to record the heyday of the coastal steamers, when the little ships of the Northern Steam Ship Company carried passengers and cargo to isolated settlements scattered around the small bays and up the tidal creeks of North Auckland and further south as well, to Wanganui, Whakatane and the Coromandel. From a store of personal memories, Cliff Furniss re-creates scenes from Auckland's colourful past ...

We read of those weekend excursions when Auckland's tram-cars brought thousands of excited holidaymakers into town to board the steamers for a happy day at Kawau or Waiheke. There are tales of accidents and breakdowns at sea, the inevitable shipwrecks, and the gradual decline in passenger services in the face of road and rail competitors, and, giving the whole a special flavour, are the author's reminiscences of his own experiences on the coastal ships, including his first impressions as a very small boy.

For the old reader, " Servants of the North " will bring back memories ; and for those too young to have experienced the trials and pleasures of travel by coastal ships, here is a chance to sample them in comfort. Here is the chance to sniff the coal smoke, and go down in memory to the Northern or Kings Wharf, carrying your bags along the narrow gangway in the flickering light of a kerosene lantern, to board the ship ...

Early photographs are a feature of this stunning book.
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