Until the 1940's New Zealand was dependent on shipping for its links with the outside world. Its trade and people moved by sea alone. Foremost in providing those links was the country's major commercial enterprise, the Union Steam Ship Company, second only in size and importance to the Government itself. The Union Company's part in the development of South Pacific commerce is brought to life in this book through the action-packed careers of one of its best known and colourful captains, Arthur Davey, and its flagship of the 1930's the Awatea.
Davey was the Union Company's speerhead in responding to the challenge of the American Matson ships in the 1930's. In the Awatea he was at last given the means to do so. Complete with all the latest nautical equipment, the Awatea was the fastest and most luxurious merchant ship in the southern hemisphere.
The ship and the man proved an ideal combination, setting standards of time-keeping never achieved on the Tasman before or since. The thrill of the Awatea's rivalry with Matson ships is captured vividly in these pages which record the lives of a master and a ship who together wrote an indelible chapter in the maritime history of the South Pacific. END
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Bill Laxon was born in Auckland in 1936. His early years were influenced by a grandfather who, as were both his brothers, was a marine engineer and who sowed the first seeds of interest in shipping. The years immediately following World War II brought a flood of new ships to New Zealand to replace war-time losses, and a father who worked in the Auckland agents for one of the overseas lines provided passes to visit these ships as they arrived on their first visits.
While pursuing a career in the law, Bill's interest in ships progressed steadily as he built up an extensive collection of shipping books and photographs. His particular interests have been in the development of steam shipping in New Zealand and the wider services to other parts of the world. An urge to record hitherto neglected areas led to his writing of the small books Steamers Down the Firth and Steam on the Manukau on the New Zealand scene and The Shire Line, The Straits Fleet and The British India Steam Navigation Company (the last in conjunction with F. W. Perry) in overseas area.
Like all New Zealanders with an interest in shipping, Bill has closely followed the country's major shipping company, the Union Steam Ship Company, and this book chronicles the careers of one of that company's leading commanders and best known ships.
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Book Description Dunmore Press New Zealand, 1997. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 000240
Book Description Dunmore Press, New Zealand, 1997. Soft Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. 217 pages with b/w illustrations. The Union Steam Ship Company's Captain Arthur Davey and its flagship of the 1930's the Awatea. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 018720