Churchouse, Jack.


Wellington, New Zealand, 1st ed., 1982. Xiv + 162 pp., profusely illustrated with photographs, charts & facsimiles . D.j., 28 x 22cm. Nr.FINE. The sea-life of Leonard Robertson and his experiences aboard Intercolonial sailing ships in trans-Tasmanian waters, with special references to the scow WHANGAROA and the barquentine LA BELLA. One of Robertson’s first sea-going voyages was in the three-masted topsail scow WHANGAROA built in 1893 and abandoned at sea in 1911 when her bottom fell out. Her career is recorded here. In the steel barquentine LA BELLA, Robertson served as second mate when she was wrecked in tragic circumstances. A typical Intercolonial trader, her business records survive allowing a unique insight into the career of this type of sailing vessel. Little has hitherto been written on the square-riggers of New Zealand, and this book is beautifully illustrated with numerous photographs of all types of sailing vessels from full-riggers and barques to barquentines and schooners, etc.

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