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Shipwrecks – a photo book about
100 years of shipping

A photo book about shipwrecks and shipping

Humans and the Sea, publisher Max Ström and the National Maritime Museum in England are in cooperation over a new photo book about shipwrecks and shipping. The Scilly Isles are a small archipelago south-west of England, where work started in the 1850s on a project that is today an amazing cultural treasure. Four generations of the Gibson family have documented and photographed the last moments of ships stranded on the Scilly Isles. These are ships large and small, beautiful and functional, that have met their fate on the treacherous shawls and rugged cliffs in these hard-to-navigate waters.

The working title of the book is Shipwrecks – 100 years of shipping, and it contains a selection of the best pictures from the Gibson’s collection, photos that can be seen as epitaphs over naval disasters. It is photography of the highest order. Together with dramatic accounts of the shipwrecks and shipping in days bygone, this book is a means to rediscover great historical ships. From a time that is no more.

Shipwrecks – a photo book about 100 years of shipping
Shipwrecks – a photo book about 100 years of shipping
Shipwrecks – a photo book about 100 years of shipping

There was a time when the tales from this book were run-of-the-mill, nothing out of the ordinary, probably just what people in general expected to hear, landlubbers as well as seafarers.

Today it is hard to fathom the conditions on board these ships. We have every reason to try to understand the dangers and suffering that these people were constantly subject to, we need to remember and respect. For many reasons.

The most significant reason is that without shipping, seafaring and sailing, the world as we know it would lack…everything. Our relation to the sea has shaped our culture, our history, our technological advances, our concepts of safety, our ideas of progress.

But this journey in time is mostly about perspectives. This book wants to carry away the reader to events that are both distant in time and close to our minds.

Shipwrecks – 100 years of shipping is both a stand-alone and a ’sister-book’ to Ghost Ships of the Baltic Sea.

Release planned for 2022.

Shipwrecks – a photo book about 100 years of shipping

This book (working title Shipwrecks – 100 years of shipping) contains a wide selection of the best pictures from the Gibson’s collection, photographs that are in fact epitaphs over shipwrecks. It is photographic art of the highest order. Together with dramatic stories about the shipwrecks and a century of shipping, the book is a rediscovery of great ships from the past, and a historical record of a bygone age.

This book (to be published in 2021) stands on its own, but it can be seen as a “sister-book” to Ghost Ships of the Baltic Sea.

For more information, pleas contact Björn Hagberg: bjorn.hagberg@voiceoftheocean.org