By Arthur Murdoch

A delightful record of a pioneering seabed mining and small scale shipping activity conducted very largely by one man in Depression-era Australia.

Early in the 1930s Great Depression, the author had a “brainwave”. He believed a business could be created quarrying shell grit for sale to chicken farmers from a small island off Port Stephens on the New South Wales central coast.

While the business could hardly be described as having prospered, the author made a living from it for a decade during which many of his compatriots nearly starved. He also learnt an enormous amount about boats, ships, the sea and seamen.

He also learnt about business, crooks and con-men and how to deal with governments. His book describes them all, vividly making it a very valuable maritime, business and psychological history.

Available from The Blue Cow Press, Nelson Bay, Australia.

Mail: The Blue Cow Press, 13 Moorooba Crescent, Nelson Bay, 2315, NSW, Australia

Neil Baird

Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Baird Maritime and Work Boat World magazine, Neil has travelled the length and breadth of this planet in over 40 years in the business. He knows the global work boat industry better than anyone.