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I have been collecting data for this book for over 30 years. It is an anthology of stories, anecdotes, poems, photographs and drawings depicting life, culture and activities in the last commercial sailing ships between the years 1906 and 1957.
It is illustrated with 42 of my paintings. It was recorded first hand from the final generation of sailing ship mariners. As there are very few still living, this book will be the last to use the words of those who experienced life in these ships.
There are 304 pages, 290 x 210 mm, printed on 120 GSM wood free paper. There are 51 colour plates and 35 photographs printed on 128 GSM glossy art paper. The end papers, which show the routes of the last sailing ships, are Arlin over 40oz grey board, gold blocked on the spine. It has a hard cover with a 128 GSM glossy art paper dust jacket.
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The Journey of Tom Thumb II
From the back cover:
In one short week exploring the coast south of Botany Bay, Matthew Flinders, George Bass and their servant-boy William Martin had a series of adventures. Setting out to locate a river Henry Hacking had described, they sailed too fast and too far south; their boat was dumped by the surf on the beach at Towradgi; at Lake Illawarra’s entrance they cut hair and trimmed the beards of the friendly indigeneous people, but ended up eeing in fear of their lives when a group of men jumped into the boat; a summer storm nearly wrecked their tiny vessel beneath the cliffs of the Royal National Park before they found shelter at Wattamolla Cove . . . and
when they nally ‘discovered’ the Hacking River they were surrounded by sharks!
Christine Hill’s series of paintings and sketches illustrating the story of Bass and Flinders’ journey tells of three young men having the time of their lives in a strange land, and brings to life the famous story of Tom Thumb II for readers of all ages. She is a founding member and Fellow of the Australian Society of Marine Artists, with a special interest in wooden boats, and knows the locations well —the details are beautifully captured and the images skillfully interwoven with Flinder’s own journal entries.
Adults and children alike will enjoy this lively new version of the much-loved Australian tale of courage and adventure from the early
colonial days of New South Wales.
32 pages, including 11 colour images and numerous black and white.
Books by Karl Marquardt
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