I WAS FORTUNATE in being a research scholar at the Australian National University, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, in the halcyon days of the 1960s. It was highly stimulating intellectually and socially to be alongside so many of the greats in Pacific Studies, including Harold Brookfield, Jim Davidson, Jack Golson, Harry Maude, Oskar Spate, and Gerry Ward. Their influences will be evident in this volume.
More recent acknowledgments are due to my academic friends and colleagues—Dr. Hance Smith of Cardiff University; Professor Sarah Palmer of the Greenwich Maritime Institute, University of Greenwich, London; and Professor Glyn Williams of Queen Mary, University of London—who read and commented on early drafts, as did Dr. Ronald Hope, former director of the Marine Society. I have drawn also on some of the work by former colleagues at the Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC) at Cardiff University on the medical aspects of the health of seafarers. I thank also Dr. Paul D’Arcy of the Australian National University for his kind and valuable comments on the draft manuscript, and I appreciate the helpful reviews by an anonymous appraiser from the University of Hawai‘i Press, as well as the professional attention of copy editor Rosemary Wetherold, who greatly improved the work.
I wish to thank Phillipa Grimstone of the Pepys Library, Magdalene College, Cambridge, for arranging the reproduction of the sixteenth-century painting from the Schouten voyage, and Elaine Greig of the Writers’ Museum, Edinburgh, for all her help in providing photographs and notes. These and my own series of photographs were reproduced by Alun Rogers of Cardiff University, who also drafted the maps of the Pacific. I am very grateful to him for this and for much valuable advice, and also to Tim Robinson for photographic assistance. I particularly wish to thank Louise Deeley of SIRC, who helped in so many invaluable ways from start to finish in the production of the book.
(p.x) There are many friends in the maritime community of the Pacific ashore and as shipmates to whom I have been indebted over the years. I can acknowledge here only the more recent. During 2001, I was welcomed as a visiting colleague by Professor G. Robin Smith and Dr. Joeli Veitayaki to the University of the South Pacific. I thank Captain Carol Dunlop for discussion at her home in Suva, and Captain Tomasi Cama Kete of Fiji for our meetings and the arrangements he made with seafaring colleagues. Also important was the cooperation of Captain John Hogan, Maritime Programme manager, Secretariat of the Pacific Community; Toloa Kaitece and Norate Anteriea of the Seafarers’ Union of Kiribati; Julia Wakolo, Seafarers Union of Fiji; and Dave Morgan of the New Zealand Seafarers Union. Likewise, I am grateful for interviews and correspondence with R.Weiss of the South Pacific Marine Services and Hamburg Süd Line and with John MacLennan, chief executive of the Pacific Forum Line.
Finally, my thanks to David Cockroft of the International Transport Workers’ Federation, who assisted in my travel to Kiribati, and Professor Helen Sampson for use of facilities at SIRC. Not least, I am, as always, grateful to my wife, Norma, who carried out work in the islands, sailed the Pacific, and helped in so many ways in the production of this book. (p.xi)