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This is a second-hand hardcover book

Condition: The dust jacket has a small area of creasing around the spine area, and a small light bump to the edge. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

Dimensions: 286 x 218 mm
Pages: 162
Publisher: Millwood Press
Publication date: 1982 1st edition


Leonard Robertson, the Whangaroa & La Bella
By Jack Churchouse

Contains numerous full page & half page photos throughout

For Leonard Robertson his experiences in siding ships that once graced these and trans-Tasman waters around the turn of the century were always a high point of his interesting career. Indeed nothing gave him greater pleasure than to yarn about the Ships, seafarers, ports and the life now part of an era all but forgotten. Fortunately these experiences were recorded thereby allowing a fugitive glimpse of this challenging and adventurous life.

Among the first sailing ships in which Leonard Robertson served was the three masted topsail scow Whangaroa, built in 1893 and abandoned in mid-Tasman in 1911 when tier bottom fell out. The career of this colourful scow has been pieced together from newspaper reports of the day.

The steel barqentine La Bella, in which Leonard Robertson was second mate when she was wrecked in tragic circumstances, was a typical intercolonial trader. What sets her apart are her owners business records which have survived thereby allowing a fascinating insight to be gained into ship-owning in that era.


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