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Captain's Log New Zealand's Maritime History
By Gavin McLean
‘For the last thousand years or so innovation, prosperity, conflict, challenge and change have crashed relentlessly against New Zealand's coasts. They are our front door. Research has killed the myth of the Polynesian ‘Great Fleet' but many fleets have surged past since - fleets of crusading colonists, fleets of `Home' boats, the American `Great White Fleet’, the container and bulk carrier fleets of the 1970s and the Bolly-swilling American's Cup flotillas. All have left their mark.'

So begins Gavin McLean's extraordinary chronicle of the 'tempestuous history of New Zealand's coastline. Published in conjunction with a television programme, Captain's Log takes us from the arrival of the first waka to the wakes of the superyachts via assisted migration, the Union Steam Ship Company, the wars and the container ships. Along the way, Captain's Log reminds us of the deep affinity New Zealanders have for their coastline and the sea.

Contents:

Prows and Bows 1200-1790
Trading Posts on the Coastal Frontier 1791-1860
White Wings and Steam Kettles 1860-85
Frozen Mutton and Southern Octopus 1885-1925
Home Boats and Slow Greens 1925-62
The Second Revolution 1962-90
Top Cats to Superyachts 1990-2001
Paperback, 2001 , 224 pages, very good condition
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