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Penlee - The loss of a Lifeboat
by Michael Sagar-Fenton

ISBN: 978 185022 128 9
235x170mm - 96 pages

On the night of 19 December 1981 the Penlee lifeboat 'Solomon Browne' was launched to go to the rescue of the stricken coaster 'Union Star'. This is the record of that fateful night. First published in 1991 this book was immediately acclaimed as a classic of lifeboat literature. This is a revised and enlarged edition, based wherever possible on first hand interviews and other unpublished material. The author is a native of west Cornwall; born in Penzance in 1945 and educated in Penzance and Truro. He lives on the coast near Lamorna close to the scene of much of this narrative. He is a regular contributor to local newspapers and magazines and the author of several other books of local interest. He began collecting material for the book soon after the incident in 1981 but respecting the wishes of the relatives the book wasn't published until ten years had passed. It received a warm response from sources as diverse as John Le Carr, who named it as his 'book of the year' to one of the relatives who wrote to thank him for 'bringing the boys back'.

30 b & w illustrations - this edition 2000.

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U-Boat Hunters - Cornwall's Air War 1916-19
by Peter London

ISBN: 978 185022 135 7
240 x 180mm - 96 pages

U-Boat Hunters tells the extraordinary story of the campaign fought over the seas off Cornwall during the First World War, to help combat the grave menace of Imperial Germany's submarine fleets. Massive airships of the Royal Navy Air Service based at Mullion and Bude patrolled the skies in a constant war against the enemy's attacks on Britain's vital shipping lanes. In addition aircraft flew from Mullion and Padstow, while important seaplane stations were established at Penzance and Tresco.

U-Boat Hunters is the first account to be published of this remarkable operation, of the men and machines that flew from Cornwall against the Kaiser's submarines.

Illustrated with over sixty rare photographs, many published for the first time. The author, Peter London has written on aviation for fifteen years and is a regular contributor to the aviation press with several other books to his credit. He has researched aviation in Cornwall for ten years and is a member of the Cornish Aviation Society.

60 b & w archive illustrations - published 1999.

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The Falmouth Packets
by Tony Pawlyn

ISBN: 978 185022 175 3
235x170mm - 144 pages

REDUCED!   At its peak over forty vessels were employed as mail-packets, working out of Falmouth ferrying official dispatches, mail, passengers and bullion. Built for speed and lightly armed these small vessels had to contend with not only the elements but hostile navies and privateers.

Meticulously researched the book is the result of many years work. Divided into twelve chapters the topics covered include organisation of the service, packet commanders, life on board and the inevitable problems of 'free trading' which led to the notorious mutiny of 1810.

Illustrated with contemporary documents and portraits and supplemented with modern photographs recording the visual evidence to be seen today of what was once a significant industry giving Falmouth prosperity and international status. Complete with indices of ships and people, a glossary of maritime terms and various appendices the book will appeal to both the maritime historian and the general reader who is interested in this largely uncelebrated piece of Cornish and maritime history.  A truly amazing story told with verve and insight.

Tony Pawlyn is a long time member of the South-West Maritime History Society, serving as chairman from 1997 to 2000. He has recently been appointed a trustee of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall at Falmouth.

25 colour and 12 black & white illustrations.