Shipwrecked New Zealand maritime disasters by Gavin McLean, with Kynan Gentry Illustrations: Eric Heath

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.

Reading age: 15 years to adult

RRP: Hard-cover coffee table shape NZ$59.99

Published in NZ by Oratia Books, Oratia Media Auckland.

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