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Auction for 2 books

1. Shoestring Shipping Line. Captain Clough Blair. 1967 1st edition. Reed, Wellington

Large gift inscription signed by the author: “To my old mate” (named) re a business transaction and “the fun we used to have in Sydney” fly-leaf

Captain Blair rustled up an assortment of ships and started a trans-Tasman shipping line on a shoestring
This is his story as a seaman and later ship owner, and the story of the Tasman Co-operative Steam Ship Company which operated until 1959
Photos: family; ships; seamen

180pp; b/w photos; appendices; hard covers; very good condition; v/faint small stain to bottom corner of prelims
Inside very clean and tidy
Dust jacket; good condition; sl/wear to corners, folds and spine ends; rubs


2. Union Line. A short history of the Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand Limited 1875-1951. Sydney D Waters. Printed: Coulls Somerville Wilkie, Wellington

Early steamship services in NZ and the founding of the USS Company
The inter-colonial trade; Pacific islands services; West Coast coal trade; Calcutta cargo service; American and Canadian routes; inter-island Express
Developments and expansion
The fleet: notable ships
WWI: transport of troops; Hospital ships
Establishment of Air Services
WWII: transport achievements; the sinking of the Niagara and Awatea Hospital ships
Post War

List of vessels owned by the USS Coy of NZ from 1875, with tonnage and dates
Photos incl: ships; Captains; loading etc

148pp; b/w photos; route maps on epps; hard covers, leatherette with gilt lettering; very good condition. Inside very clean and tidy
Covers have v/sl wear; small tear spine tail; sml indent foredge
No dust jacket as issued

Quite hard to find



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  • Seller location: Napier, Hawke's Bay, NZ

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