Maritime Books on Sale for Pilot Vessel Restoration at Queenscliff

Get Onboard the Mavis III restoration fundraiser

We have a number of Pilot On Board and Defiance To The Rescue books that have been donated to the Queenscliffe Maritime Museum.  Purchase a book and all money raised will go directly toward the restoration of  the museum’s newest exhibit – the Port Phillip Pilot Vessel Mavis III.

Great cause  Great history

Great to support local.


Get On Board PV Mavis III Fundraiser

Defiance To The Rescue – this charming illustrated children’s book is a great stocking filler for the kids on Christmas Day or a bedtime story anytime.

Defiance to the Rescue is a story based on two brave Couta Boats of Queenscliff, the Lifeboat and a daring rescue at sea. 28 pages, by M and P Caddy, A Scorgie, and illustrated by A Watson.  Published 2006 in Australia. Suitable for children up to 6 years as well as ‘big kids’.

$15 per copy, includes postage & handling.



Mavis III Pilot on Board Photo Rodney Nicholson


For those who love our local maritime history the Pilot On Board book will be a great gift or a keepsake for your children and grandchildren. This hardcover coffee table book tells the story of Victoria’s Port Phillip Sea Pilot Service from its start in 1839, in the small coastal town of Queenscliff,  in response to the wrecks and dangerous conditions for ships as they navigated the entrance to Port Phillip on their journey to Melbourne.  The book was published to mark the 175th anniversary of the Port Phillip Sea Pilot Service.

Author Brendan Moloney. Published 2018 Playwright Publishing Pty Ltd .

$70 per copy postage and handling in Australia included.

How to order 

Download the order form and email it to Queenscliffe Maritime Museum Inc:


Payment details by Direct Deposit EFT are on the form.

Postal orders will be despatched by Australia Post.  Please allow for extended delivery times when ordering.

The books are also available at Queenscliffe Maritime Museum in Queenscliff, Victoria. Ph 03 5258 3440


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