Wrecks in Tasmanian Waters 1797 - 1950
197? First Edition
Publisher - L. G. Shea, Government Printer, Tasmania.
Cover is hard bound in ochre cloth with brown printed title on cover. Bottom corners and spine ends lightly bumped, otherwise good condition.
No Dust Jacket is present.
End Papers are intact, white. Bookseller's sticker on front endpaper. Fold-out map of Tasmania showing wreck locations tipped-in at rear.
Preliminaries – Frontispiece: Photo of the Schooner Mariner, aground, 1925.
Main Text Body - 209 Pages. Fine and clean. Section of B&W photos at rear.
End Matters – Index.
Edges are even and unworn.
Spine is tight with no gutter damage. Gilt lettering, faded.
Page Structure is sound with no missing pages.
While the book is undated this first edition probably dates from the early 1970s. However it reaches back to 1797 when the first recorded wreck on the hostile coastline of Australia's island state occurred. This was the Sydney Cove, wrecked on what became known as Preservation Island. The last recorded loss for the main section of the book, covering Tasmania, is for 1951 with other sections listing wrecks for King and Macquarie islands, followed by chapters detailing lighthouses and vessels hulked at Hobart, plus an unknown wreck from 1940. This book provides a comprehensive record of maritime losses in Tasmanian waters over more that 150 years and an enduriung reminder of the island's dangerous waters and coastline.
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