Category: Maritime

Tall Ship Lost to Hurricane

Tempests, waterspouts, thunderstorms and hurricanes have throughout the centuries struck fear into the hearts of many a brave sailor.  The image of a tall ship battling against the relentless elements will be familiar to fans of maritime historical fiction such as works by Patrick O’Brian and C.S. Forester.  […]

Adieu, Adieu, My Native Shore

This snapshot of history is an original photograph of a ship called the SS Kumara.  Its story includes hundreds of thousands of carcasses, an insight into the beginnings of an invaluable industry and a debate over how comfortable life would be in a floating freezer. The birth of […]

The Nieuw Zeeland in Sydney Harbour 1932

Nieuw Zeeland Tarts

August 29th 1935 – The Dutch liner Nieuw Zeeland approaches the Australian coast, ending another routine voyage from Singapore.  The passengers are dining on delicacies such as Iced Asparagus with Remoulade Sauce and ‘Fantasie’ Ice Cream.  They have no idea that peaceful Pacific cruises will soon come to […]