The Last of a Salty Breed
You are invited to a Seafaring Book Launch at Mangawhai Museum
A history of the British and New Zealand Merchant Navies - by Roy Vaughan will be launched at a special function at Mangawhai Museum at 1.30pm on Sunday 18th October 2015.
The book charts the rise and fall of the Merchant Navy from Viking times, to the introduction of large container ships in the 1970’s.
The emphasis is not just on ships, but also tells the stories of the sailors, funny, tragic and heroic. It covers the huge change in world demographics that was brought about in the hey days of Empire when Merchant ships engaged in slavery and convict voyages to Australia and the United States from Britain. It recounts the transshipment of tens of thousands of Indians as indentured labourers to the West Indies, Mauritius and Fiji.
‘The Last of a Salty Breed’ includes a number of Mangawhai stories of international note and a re-examination of some of New Zealand’s ship disasters including the loss of the Union Steam Ship Company’s ‘Kaitawa’ on Pandora Bank in Cape Reinga.
The book will be on sale on the day of the book launch and also in the museum gift shop.