New Zealand maritime disasters
Authors: Gavin McLean, with Kynan Gentry
Illustrations: Eric Heath
Specs: 280 x 215 mm portrait, jacketed HB, 264 pp, b&w with 16-pp colour
Published: 11 November 2019
Shipwrecks litter the coasts and reefs of New Zealand. Disasters at sea are no longer the regular occurrence that led to drowning being known as ‘the New Zealand death’, yet recent wrecks like the Rena show that perils persist.
This keenly priced, jacketed hardback retells the voyages of ships doomed never to make their next port. It features plentiful photos and ephemera — including two colour sections showcasing the superb illustrations of notable ships lost to the sea, by renowned artist Eric Heath.
Before his untimely death Gavin McLean had been revising his previous histories of New Zealand maritime disasters for this new project. Completed by historian Kynan Gentry, Shipwrecked will be the definitive history of the subject for years to come.