The Guild Library

The Wooden Boat Guild Library is becoming an extensive collection of books, magazines, videos, CDs and DVDs on anything to do with boats. There is a large section on cruising with authors such as Hiscock, the Pardys and Moitessier and a section on boat design and building with Howard Chapelle, Dave Gerr, Francis Herreschoff, Maurice Griffiths and Uffa Fox as some of the well known authors.

The library also contains books on piloting, navigation, signals, sailing, seamanship, sail-making, rigging, fitting-out, maintenance, racing, voyages ….

The history section extends from the ancient to modern, from the ships of the Phoenicians to the exploration of Australia with a special emphasis on Tasmanian boats’ stories. It delves into Derwent ferries, Tassie boat-builders and piners’ punts; that unique rowing boat endemic to Tasmania. Some books of Alan Villiers, once a journalist in Hobart and Melbourne, add to the romance of seafaring in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The library also has a small but growing set of fiction books with books such as Childer’s Riddle of the Sands, Conrad’s Lord Jim and some of the Patrick O'Brian series.

A note to borrowers:

The library is for exclusive the use of all Tasmanian Wooden Boat Guild members. Although the librarian would like to see empty shelves, please ensure that the books remain in circulation by returning them in a reasonable time.

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