Description : It's 1978, and inclusion of children with disabilities in mainstream society is still a radical concept. Determined that their son Ty will take his rightful place in the world, Mike and Nancy Belnap ignore the doctor's advice - to institutionalise him, because he has Down syndrome. Instead they embark on a lifelong journey of discovery.From Adelaide to the USA, from the Whitsundays to the South Pacific, the Belnaps seek answers and demand equality for their son. Both teachers, they take on the education system and adapt it for the benefit of all children with a disability. From their adventures sailing the high seas to their fight for Ty's rights, their story is a roller coaster ride of near-disaster and hard-won delight. And when young Ty reveals an astonishing talent, the Belnaps again find themselves travelling the world - this time in Ty's wake. Positivity is the Belnaps' touchstone, but there's no escaping the realities of disability parenting. When tragedy strikes twice, Mike must prepare Ty for the worst-case scenario: life without both parents.
Description : 'Magnificent' Robert Macfarlane Winner of the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Our lives depend on shipping but it is a world which is largely hidden from us. In every lonely corner of every sea, through every night, every day, and every imaginable weather, tiny crews of seafarers work the giant ships which keep landed life afloat. These ordinary men live extraordinary lives, subject to dangers and difficulties we can only imagine, from hurricanes and pirates to years of confinement in hazardous, if not hellish, environments. Horatio Clare joins two container ships on their epic voyages across the globe and experiences unforgettable journeys. As the ships cross seas of history and incident, seafarers unfold the stories of their lives, and a beautiful and terrifying portrait of the oceans and their human subjects emerges. 'Tremendous' The Times
Description : The story of the swift but perilous Gloucester schooners and of the men who built, sailed, raced and fished them.
Description : With enough lunch for three, Mr. Magee and his dog Dee head out to the sea. But what begins as a fun day in the sun turns a bit bumpy when one playful whale decides to say hello. Soon the crew that once was floating finds themselves flying! How will they get down? Who will come to their rescue? And when will they ever get to eat lunch? Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee is a great read-aloud, sure to provide fits of giggles.
Description : For those who go down to sea in ships life has always been exciting but ever dangerous. Brutally treated, under paid and subjected to greed of the ship owners and misguided government policies that conspired to keep the seaman in a condition of poverty and near slavery. Change only came about with the advent of the of the Maritime Unions and World War II. But no sooner had the war ended conditions on American Merchant vessels began to revert the old ways. The ship owners, with Government acquiescence, began to register their fleets under foreign flags in an attempt to break the power of the maritime unions. This activity give rise to the continual, and bloody, labor disputes of the 60’s and 70’s. Those prolonged lockouts and strikes were finally responsible for the virtual demise of the Merchant Marine. So ended the dream for we who love the sea and had made it our lives.
Description : Come aboard the S.S. Nectar and sail back to the 1960's in this memoir by Samuel Fullerton. A comical mix between "The Love Boat" and "Titanic," it unveils the real shenanigans that go on between musicians who work on the ship. No subject is taboo as the male group entertains the ship's passengers, while slipping through the tight grip of management to make for an epic adventure. Put on your sunscreen, grab a drink and cruise away with us.
Description : For over a century the Warren family has earned a hard and dangerous living, fishing out of Eden on the south coast of New South Wales. From the family's first fisherman, Old Ike, plying the coast in an open sailing boat in the late nineteenth century, to the Warrens today, using satellites and computers; from handlining to the brutal efficiency of purse seining, we witness a century of profound change that has forever altered the nature of our oceans. As the seasons unfold, and generations come and go, there emerges an intimate portrait of a family earning their living in a perilous and unforgiving environment. Through depression, war, shipwreck and storm, record catches and bitter disappointments, fights and family feuds, the Warrens have endured in a game where only the hardiest survive. Filled with unforgettable characters, adventure, humour and pathos, this is the inspiring story of a fishing dynasty – showing just how extraordinary the ordinary can be.