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This is a second-hand hardcover book

Condition: The dust jacket has light surface rubbing, light fading to the spine area, small light creasing to the top edge, two light writing indentations of old prices, and light browning to the edges of the flaps. One page has 2 small very light smudges in the margin. There is very light browning to the edges of the compressed pages, and a few fly spots. There is very light shelf wear to the bottom edge of the cover around the spine area. The rest of the book has no faults.

Dimensions: 191x247mm
Pages: 307
Publisher: Reed Methuen
Publication date: 1986 1st edition

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Sealers and Whalers in New Zealand Waters
By Don Grady

For the men who came into southern Pacific waters in search of whales and seals, life was full of cruel hardship. The rugged coastlines and tempestuous storms were as bad as any in the world, and the perils of harpooning whales in small open boats were not made easier by the treacherous, chilly ocean. Discipline aboard ship was always brutal and life ashore was lawless and violent. When they did find peace and safety, the sealers and whalers also suffered deprivation and loneliness.

But for all the mutiny, murder and maroonings, the floggings, the debauchery of shore life, the disease and illness and occasional cannibalism, the lives of sealers and whalers have always held a kind of romantic attraction. Author Don Grady turns his expertise to the whole history of sealing and whaling in this region, from the earliest days at the end of the eighteenth century, through the final demise in 1964 of the New Zealand whaling industry, to the modern era of conservation.

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