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1 Attwooll (M.) Discover Dorset Shipwrecks.
1998, Wimborne, 
79pp, frontis, 47 illus, map, pictorial stiff paper wrappers. SBS: The waters off the Isle of Purbeck, Portland, and Chesil BeachŻare perhaps the most crowded graveyard in the Channel. 
Price: 5.00 GBP
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2 Brown (A.C.) Women and Children Last The Tragic Loss of the Steamship Arctic.
1954, Portland, 
25pp, title illus, 9 illus, grey paper wrappers. AJS: Loss of the Arctic, Sept 27, 1854. 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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3 Fawcett (R.S.) The Flamborough Life-Boats.
1973, 
71pp, 9 illus, 1 map, pictorial laminated paper covers. AJS: A history of the Flamborough Stations. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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4 Godfrey (A.) The Scarborough Lifeboats.
1975, 
40pp, 13 illus, landscape format, pictoiral paper covers. SBS: Appendices listing lifeboats and coxswains since 1801. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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5 Government Report. Report on the Loss of the S.S. Titanic.
1912 rp 1990, 
xi + 74pp, 8 illus, endpaper illus, dw. AJS: The result of thirty-seven public sittings and the cross examination of ninety-seven witnesses. 
Price: 12.95 GBP
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6 Grocott (T.) Shipwrecks of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Eras.
1997, 
416pp, large format, dw. Publisher: Covers 15,000 natural shipping disasters in the period 1793-1815, involving both naval and merchant vessels. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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7 Hepper (D.J.) British Warship Losses in the Age of Sail 1650-1859.
1994, Robertsbridge, 
vi + 213pp, large format (30cm x 25cm), laminated pictorial boards, a goodŻclean copy. Publisher: With 1700 entries, printed in two columns, the first completeŻaccount of all the Royal Navy's losses from the Dutch Wars of the middleŻof the the 17th century to the end of the Crimean War.ŻArranged chronologically, the book contains details of over 1700 vesselsŻlost, with, in almost every case, an account of the precise circumstances.Ż...plus indexing of ships, and of commanding officers, with a glossary ofŻsea terms, ships types, and an analysis of war losses in all the majorŻconflicts by class of vessel and cause.ŻRodger: An excellent reference book, giving information on the cause ofŻeach loss abstracted from courts martial and other sources. 
Price: 40.00 GBP
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8 Hocking (C.) Dictionary of Disasters at Sea During the Age of Steam Including Sailing Ships and Ships of War Lost in Action 1824-1962.
1969, 
in two volumes, large format (28cm x 22cm), printed in double column,Żoriginal dark blue cloth, title on front boards (heavy set).Ż(1) A to L, (viii), 438pp.Ż(2) M to Z, (iv), pagination continues to 779pp. AJS: A standard work. 14000+ entries, printed in double column, details ofŻeach vessel, size, owner, etc., with a summary of the loss. Major lossesŻare described in some detail. There was also a reprint, though lessŻattractive, in one volume in the 1990s. 
Price: 95.00 GBP
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9 Macgregor (Gen Sir D.) A Narrative of the Loss of the Kent East Indiaman, by fire, in the Bay of Biscay on 1st March 1825.
1825 rp 1971, 
78pp, frontis, blue cloth. AJS: The Kent, a fine new ship of 1,350 tons under the command of Captain Henry Cobb, left the Downs on the 19th February, 1825, bound for Bengal and the Far East. On board were 473 officers and men of the 31st infantry regiment with their families, and twenty private passengers. The crew numbered 148. This narrative gives a terrifying account of the vessel catching fire in the Bay of Biscay and subsequently foundering. A second anonymous edition was published in 1842. It was followed by a third in 1859, which identifies the author who signed the letter 'Servatus' as Lieutenant-General Sir Duncan Macgregor, KCB. 
Price: 16.00 GBP
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10 Mills (S.) Editor. Scapa Flow From Graveyard to Resurrection.
2005, 
128pp, 40 illus, 2 maps, pictorial stiff paper wrappers. AJS: The original account of the greatest scuttling in naval history byŻthe commander of the interned german Fleet, Vice Admiral Ludwig vonŻReuter. With an introductory narrative and concluding story of the boldestŻsalvage of our time. 
Price: 14.95 GBP
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11 Naish (G.) The Wasa Her Place in History.
1968, 
24pp, frontis, 18 illus, landscape format (18.5cm x 24.5cm), pictorial stiffŻpaper wrappers. SBS: Booklet written by George Naish to coincide with a Wasa exhibitionŻheld in the Great Hall of the Queen's house at the National MaritimeŻMuseum, winter 1968-9. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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12 Noal (C.) The Story of Cornwall's Lifeboats.
1970, 
booklet, 47pp, frontis, 16 illus, 7 plans, 1 illus in text, map, pictorialŻstiff paper wrappers. SBS: From the opening of Bude Lifeboat Station in 1837-1970. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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13 Rule (M.) The Mary Rose "Britain's Time Capsule in the Solent"
1978, 
12pp, 17 colour, 4 illus, pictorial stiff paper wrappers. SBS: By Margaret Rule, who led the team which raised Henry VIII's ship. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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14 Smith (G.) Hampshire & Dorset Shipwrecks.
1995, 
127pp, 32 illus, 2 charts, pictorial stiff paper wrappers. AJS: by the former Librarian and Archivist for HM Customs and Excise. 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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15 Thompson (R.W.) Breakdowns at Sea.
1914, 
xpp, illus, adverts, 18pp, original printed grey wrappers. AJS: A Paper read at a meeting of the Scientific Society of the RoyalŻTechnical College, Glasgow. 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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16 Thorn (F.E.) A Brief History of the First Hundred Years 1839-1939 The Shipwrecked Fishermen & Mariners' Royal Benevolent Society.
1939, 
20pp, title illus, 5 illus, blue boards, title on front board. 
Price: 12.00 GBP
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17 Zusto (G.) Descrizione Istorica dell'Estrazione della Publica Nave La Fenice dal Canale Spignon, in cui Giacque Circa Tre Anni Totalmente Sommersa: Impresa Dall'Eccellentissimo Senato Appoggiata alla Nota Esperienza del Nobil Uomo Giovanni Zusto Prestantissimo Senatore, e Verificata Sotto la di Lui Direzione, e Comando. Scritta in Ordine al Decreto 23. Novembre 1786.
1789, Venice, 
xxxii + 90pp text, engraved frontis, 7 large engraved folding plates (each plate unfolds to 51cm x 68cm, original marbled paper over boards, large format (28cm x 20cm), in protective green folder, the entire work within a purpose made slipcase (1930s ?), half leather with raised bands, title and date on spine, an attractive production with stunning plates in clean state. AJS: The Fenice, a 74-gun ship launched in 1779, was lying on April 1st, 1783, in the Spignon channel, just inside the Porto di Malamocco (Venice), taking in stores before going to sea. Suddenly, just after the well had been reported dry, she began to make water so fast that the pumps were quite unable to cope with it. The cause of the leak does not seem to be mentioned in this account, but a list of Venetian ships puts it down to striking her own anchor. Whatever the cause, it was soon evident that the ship was bound to sink; she was therefore run ashore. Unfortunately she settled down on such a bad place that her back was broken and her mainmast was forced upwards some five feet. Unsuccessful attempts were made to shift her, and a good deal of her gear was recovered; she was then abandoned. As far as the ship herself was concerned, her history might be considered finished. The difficulty was that her wreck made the channel so narrow that it was almost useless for large ships. Clearly it was necessary to remove her if possible, and in June, 1785, the work was put in hand. This study is a detailed and superbly illustrated account of the raising and clearence of the wreck using a combination of hydraulics and mechanics. Despite numerous setbacks, described at length, the vessel was raised in the early part of 1786. On a personal note. I have had the pleasure of handling many of the great works on naval architecture published in the 18th and 19th centuries. I must say the the seven engraved plates in this book are simply splendid and copies are now uncommon as many must have been broken up for their plates. Do note that one plate has been bound-in upside down..but that's Italians for you. 
Price: 3250.00 GBP
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