DonAndMaritime is the trading name of a small operation run by husband & wife team
Andrew & Donna Cooke. They are based on the beautiful Isle of Wight in England, U.K.
Andrew has grown up on the Isle of Wight and developed a far reaching love of ships and the sea from an early age. Specialist areas have always been Cruise Ships/Liners and Ferries with a wider interest in all shipping types from Sailing Ships, Coasters & Tugs to the largest Crude Oil Tanker or Container Ship.
A love of photography goes hand in hand with an interest such as shipping and as from the mid 1990s Andrew's photographic work began to appear in publications such as SWASHWAY FERRY NEWSLINK, SHIPS MONTHLY & BRITISH FERRY SCENE (now Ferry & Cruise Review). In 1995 a fast growing secondary career in Cruise & Ferry writing flourished with quarterly news reports and articles/voyage reports being published in SWASHWAY FERRY NEWSLINK.
In 1998 the ambition of compiling the Solent Ferry News for EUROPEAN FERRY SCENE (now Ferry & Cruise Review) was realised and this is ongoing.
Photographs and articles regularly appear in SHIPS MONTHLY as well as other publications past & present including FERRY COMPASS, RO-PAX MAGAZINE and FERRIES
(all published in Germany).
During 2009 a new opportunity arose with the start of monthly "Newbuild of the Month" articles in SHIPPING TODAY & YESTERDAY MAGAZINE.
These are ongoing, feature a variety of ship types and were supplemented as from 2010 by the monthly cruise, ferry and general news reports in the same magazine. Andrew's work also continues to appear elsewhere in books and magazines etc (see PORTFOLIO).
From Videos To Photo Gifts
In 1994 Andrew began producing VHS Videos featuring a variety of Cruise Ships, Ferries & Shipping. A new era involving his now wife Donna followed 7 years later and together Andrew & Donna began producing DVDs on that familiar subject of Cruise Ships & Ferries etc!
DonAndMaritime was subsequently born and, following extensive coverage of the new QM2 when she arrived in December 2003, the range of products were expanded to include Mousemats, Colour Prints, Calendars, Photo Greetings Cards, Coasters,
Photo CDs, Keyrings, Paperweights and so much more. It must be said that Donna also specialises in animal and scenery related photo gifts plus her shipping photography has appeared in various publications.
DonAndMaritime is now able to offer an extensive range of photo gifts and collectables that are all hand created and/or assembled by Andrew & Donna.
The majority of images used are also the work of either Andrew or Donna with many having been published at one time or another.