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Title   150 Years of New Zealand Shipbuilding 1795-1945 

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Author   HUGHES Miles  ISBN   9780473276447  Add to shopping cart   
Publisher   Miles Hughes Publishing  Group   New Zealand View shopping cart
Binding   Paperback Category   Non-Fiction  Terms and conditions
Edition   1 Type   Go back
Publication Year   2014 
Subject   Shipbuilding technology, engineering & trades 
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Synopsis The first European ship to be built with New Zealand timbers was the 'Fancy' built in Sydney in 1893. A year prior to that some abandoned sealers began construction of the first European-built vessel in New Zealand. This schooner was ultimately launched in 1795. European settlement at first was started by traders, often under the protection of the local Maori chief. These were isolated settlements dotted around the coast. With the interior of the country heavily forested and often steep and mountainous, the only means of travel between these communities was by sea. We trace here the origins of many of these early settlers. Many built their ships in order to trade goods. As the shipbuilding industry grew, orders were received from within New Zealand, Australia, the South Sea Islands and further afield. Listed are more than 1,200 New Zealand shipbuilders, shipwrights and boatbuilders, including their biographies and the names and specifications of over 5,600 vessels that they built.

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