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This is an auction for 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.


* 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

Large format paperback 2001.

224 pages.

Photographs throughout.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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