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UNLUCKY LADY:  THE LIFE & DEATH OF HMCS ATHABASKAN, 1940-44., Burrow, Len and Beaudoin, Emile.
1 Burrow, Len and Beaudoin, Emile. UNLUCKY LADY: THE LIFE & DEATH OF HMCS ATHABASKAN, 1940-44.
Toronto McClelland & Stewart 1989 0771018126 / 9780771018121 Reprint. Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 
198 pp, oblong 8vo, (8 3/4" H x 11 1/2" D). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, maps and colour reproductions - wonderful pictorial end papers of Athabaskan at speed. "The Athabaskan was the second of the Canadian Tribal Class Destroyers, sister ship to the Haida. The story of Athabaskan's life and death has been lovingly retrieved from forgotten archives and her daily log. In her short life she was pounded by the sea and battered by bombs, gunfire, and torpedoes. She spent her finest and final hours fighting alongside her sisters in the 10th Flotilla in 1944, helping to clear the English Channel of enemy ships prior to the invasion. 'Unlucky Lady' is a memorial - to a ship, to the men who served her, and to Canadians who served at sea more than forty years ago." Book is slightly cocked, has small bump at top corner of boards. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling, small tears at top of flap-folds - archivally taped; 4" repaired tear with creases, wrinkles and some delamination at bottom of front panel, 1" tear archivally taped at bottom of front flap-fold, very light rubbing and a few tiny dints on front panel. 
Price: 37.50 USD
 
 
WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY.  OLIVER HAZARD PERRY: WILDERNESS COMMODORE., Dillon, Richard.
2 Dillon, Richard. WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY. OLIVER HAZARD PERRY: WILDERNESS COMMODORE.
McGraw-Hill, New York, 1978. 
231 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0070169870 Map. "Perry fought perhaps the most perfect single battle in American naval history. More - he insured the success of William Henry Harrison's Northwest Territory campaign, in which he soldiered as a volunteer aide to General Harrison. He ended Tecumseh's plans for an Indian Confederation. He dashed forever Britain's dream of blocking the United States in its westward march. In 1811 Perry was named to create a f l e e t on Lake Erie. He chose Presque Ile Bay as the one harbor safe from the existing British lake fleet. Perry spent the spring and summer of 1813 doing the impossible - building first a shipyard, then a fleet of ten vessels in the frontie r o ut po st o f Erie, Pennsylvania. The bar at Erie was not deep enough to pass Perry's ships out into the lake. (But neither could the British enter the bay over the shallows; hence his choice of harbor.) He bided his time till his opponent Ca pt ai n R obe rt Bar clay sailed away for a brief respite. Then his men, in a fenzy of activity, emptied their ships of all guns and heavy gear and buoyed them with pontoons until they could be boosted across the sandbar. Perry got them safely int o d eep wat er i n t he n ick of time. And when Barclay's fleet came up to resume the blockade of Erie, Perry bluffed them away with his still undermanned and almost unarmed flotilla. Once reinforced by a unit under the command of Jesse D. Elliot t, P erry atta cked the Briti sh fleet in his flagship 'Lawrence'; Elliott was to bring the 'Niagara' into action beside him. Elliott, unaccountably, hung back, and the 'Lawrence' was shot to pieces by the three strongest Britishers. How Perry tu rned certa in def eat i nto a monu mental victory is one of the greatest naval achievements of all time." Previous owner's name in ink on free front endpaper, minor soiling on boards, light edge wear, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, tiny sp eck o n fore -edge o f text blo ck. Du st jacket has been price-clipped, has very light wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, a few tiny tears at top/bottom of spine - taped at top inside, light edge browning, light fading and tiny scuff on spi ne, smal l ghost stic ker mark /residue on front panel. Very Good-/Very Good- 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
SHIP OF FORCE., Evans, Alan.  Wraparound dust jacket art by Mike Trim.
3 Evans, Alan. Wraparound dust jacket art by Mike Trim. SHIP OF FORCE.
Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1979, first edition. 
255 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0340234334 " 'Schwerttrager!' It is the summer of 1917, Britain is losing the war against the U-boats and Commander David Cochrane Smith listens to the delirious mumbling of a dying U-baot c ommander: 'Swordbearer'. Smith believes it is the code name for an operation, a threat to Britain, but nobody will listen to him. The threat haunts him. He meets a wild, beautiful, tragic girl and she solves a tiny part of the mystery, en o u g h t o set a clock ticking, counting down. Smith has come home with a bloody victory to his credit but he is still under suspicion of being reckless, a wild man, at best just lucky. He believes the answer to the U-boat lies in convoys but h e is g iv e n a f lotilla 'to take offensive action against U-boats and bases'. The flotilla turns out to be one ancient destroyer, a turtle-back 'thirty-knotter' known as 'Bloody Mary'. It is backed up by a 'ship of force', but that is no more t ha n a mo nit or , ne ar -new and with fifteen-inch guns. Her engines are defective, she is slow and spends more time in the dockyard than at sea. The flotilla is a sick joke; the two ships are the lepers of the Dover Patrol. With them Smith has to take on shor e b at ter ies and bigger, faster enemy destroyers. He has to fight the hostility of his commanding officer and is plunged into the world of espionage behind the enemy lines. Through it all the mystery behind 'Schwerttrager' lure s h im on unt il he sta kes his car eer and his life in a desperate attempt to solve it." Faint cigarette odor. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has minor edge wear/wrinkling, minor browning at edges. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
HMCS HAIDA:  BATTLE ENSIGN FLYING., Gough, Barry M.
4 Gough, Barry M. HMCS HAIDA: BATTLE ENSIGN FLYING.
St Catharines, Ontario Vanwell 2001 1551250586 / 9781551250588 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine Grant Macdonald. 
255 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H). B&w photographs, reproductions of artwork by Grant Macdonald and others, maps/battle plans, colour plates. " 'HMCS Haida's story is an account of sharp-end war; of Canada's naval experience in Murmansk convoys and British Home Fleet protection; in English Channel operations, when Canadian and British naval units swept the German naval ensign from the seas; in the destruction of a U-boat, and in the liberation of Trondheim, Norway. Haida was always in on the action. She sank more enemy military tonnage than any other Canadian vessel. Haida's finest days were during the intense naval operations leading up to D-Day, when, with her sisters Huron and Iroquois and the ill-fated Athabaskan, with British and Polish men of war, she engaged German destroyers, torpedo boats, minesweepers and others - and never lost. She vigorously carried the war to the enemy at great risk. Her postwar career including two tours in the Korean theatre displays the same brave purpose in her officers and men, trained professionals and dedicated sailors. Barry Gough has written a new chapter in Canadian naval annals, showing that the best equipment brings forth the best results when good fortune and superb seamanship and weapons handling are matched in equal measure - Haida's illustrious story." Very minor edge wear at bottom of flap-folds, minor rubbing. 
Price: 37.50 USD
 
 
GUNS ACROSS THE RIVER: THE BATTLE OF THE WINDMILL, 1838., Graves, Donald E.  Additional research by Arthur J. Robinson.
5 Graves, Donald E. Additional research by Arthur J. Robinson. GUNS ACROSS THE RIVER: THE BATTLE OF THE WINDMILL, 1838.
Prescott Friends of Windmill Point 2002 1896941214 / 9781896941219 Reprint with minor corrections. Soft Cover Very Good Christopher Johnson, maps - marine art by Peter Rindlisbacher.. 
263 pp, 8" H x 9" D. B&w photographs, maps, drawings. "In 1838, seeing political turbulence in Canada as an opportunity, members of a clandestine American organization, the Patriot Hunters, launched a series of attacks across the international border. The Hunters hoped to duplicate the success of the Texas rebellion two years before when their heroes Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie fought to establish a republic in northern Mexico. Destesting 'tyranny and oppression wherever manifested', they believed that all it would take was 'a good stand maintained for a short time' by Americans and then Canadians would do their own fighting to win freedom from the British yoke. The most ambitious Hunter attack was launched in November 1838 when a force of more than 500 armed men, commanded by a European soldier of fortune, set out from northern New York in a flotilla of chartered and hijacked vessels. Avoiding the naval and miitary forces of two nations, they occupied a stone windmill near Prescott, Ontario, confident that Canadians would rally to their standard. Their hopes were doomed. After five days of heavy fighting, British regulars and Canadian militia captured this 'Alamo of the North', and those invaders who survived were imprisoned in Fort Henry at Kingston and tried by court martial - eleven were executed and sixty deported to an Australian penal colony. (This book) tells the full story of this bloody but forgotten military action and the undeclared war of which it was a part. (It) traces the rise of the Patriot Hunters in the northern United States, describes their odyssey down the St. Lawrence and provide a detailed account of the five-day battle that followed. (P)acked with fascinating information about a colourful time in North American history and about the men who fought at the windmill - their personalities, tactics, weapons, uniforms, and even the songs they sang." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, slight lean to spine. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
WOLFE AT QUEBEC., Hibbert, Christopher.
6 Hibbert, Christopher. WOLFE AT QUEBEC.
Longmans, Green, London, 1959, first edition. 
194 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates, maps. "In the early hours of the morning on 13th September 1759, a British flotilla drifted silently on the ebb tide down the St Lawrence River towards Quebec. A last and desperate at tempt was being made to capture the town before the ice closed over the river and made further operations that season impossible. By dawn over 4,000 men had disembarked from the landing craft and clambered up the steep and slippery slopes on t o t h e Plains of Abraham. The French were taken completely by surprise and the battle that followed was short and dramatic. By noon the fate of Canada had been decided. In describing the events of this day and the bitter and seemingly hopel e ss s i eg e th at preceded it, (the author) has relied entirely upon contemporary sources, some of which were not available when previous accounts were written. For this reason the story which has emerged is in some respects an unfamiliar one an d the in ci den ta l p ortrait of Wolfe, stripped of the sentimental veneer which two centuries of adulation have built around him, is one which will surprise many readers. (This book) provides not only a vivid account of what has been described a s the most im port ant eve nt in the history of the 18th century, but a fascinating portrait of one of its most famous soldiers." Book slightly cocked, bump at bottom corner of boards, very light browning to edges of text block, light wrinkling a nd bro wning at botto m of spin e, a few very tiny soiling specks on top of text block. Dust jacket has light edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, two small edge tears, corner crease on front flap, light soiling, light brow nin g on spine and flap-f olds, a few small brown stains at bottom of spine. Very Good-/Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
WHITE PLUMES ASTERN:  THE SHORT, DARING LIFE OF CANADA'S MTB FLOTILLA., Law, C. Anthony, Cdr.
7 Law, C. Anthony, Cdr. WHITE PLUMES ASTERN: THE SHORT, DARING LIFE OF CANADA'S MTB FLOTILLA.
Nimbus, (Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1989), Ist edition. 
170 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0921054270 Illustrated with b&w photos and drawings (many by author). "In this compelling book C. Anthony Law resurects the history of the 29th Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla, from its fo rmation in Hythe, England, in February 1944 to its tragic demise in the harbour of Ostend, Belgium one year later. This is a complete story of the Flotilla, a story peppered with more than seventy illustrations." Minor wrinkling at bottom o f s p i n e , minor edgewear. Dust jacket has very minor edgewear. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 75.00 USD
 
 
CHAMPAGNE NAVY:  CANADA'S SMALL BOAT RAIDERS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR., Nolan, Brian and Street, Brian Jeffrey.
8 Nolan, Brian and Street, Brian Jeffrey. CHAMPAGNE NAVY: CANADA'S SMALL BOAT RAIDERS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR.
Toronto Random House 1991 0394221419 / 9780394221410 Soft Cover Very Good 
260 pp, 8vo (9" H). B&w photographs. "Through meticulous research and interviews with men that served with Coastal Forces, Nolan and Street tell a story of young men with a flair for attack, living charmed lives both at sea and on land. They were legends, snubbing all authority but risking their lives constantly. Victory in battle was almost always achieved by stealth, deception, and a strict adherence to a primal instinct of survival. Their nightly sorties against the enemy's Schellboote brought them face-to-face with the world's deadliest navy." Interior - tiny light stain on inside of front cover and on opposite page, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - spine is very slightly cocked and has a few light creases. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
JANE'S FIGHTING SHIPS 1919.  A REPRINT OF THE 1919 EDITION OF FIGHTING SHIPS., Parkes, O., Surgeon-Lieut. and Predergast, Maurice, editors.
9 Parkes, O., Surgeon-Lieut. and Predergast, Maurice, editors. JANE'S FIGHTING SHIPS 1919. A REPRINT OF THE 1919 EDITION OF FIGHTING SHIPS.
New York Arco 1969 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
Facsimile reprint of the 1919 edition, with 161 pp of contemporary advertising (with b&w illustrations), followed by 634 pp of text/b&w illustrations. "Here we see how the world's navies emerged at the end of the 1914-18 holocaust. As the preface states, the labor incurred in the preparation of this edition was exceptionally heavy, the editors having to deal with much information withheld from publication during hostilities as well as with the demobilization of the war fleets, 'the indeterminate state of the late enemy navies, and the chaotic conditons of the Russian fleet'. The contents include sections on ships lost in the war, a revised glossary and the usual close-ups on the existing fleets and advertisements of naval power to come. Pictures, dimensions, tonnages, armament details, are here for scholar or enthusiast." Section headings: Alphabetical List of Advertisers; Classified List of Advertisers; Preface; General Index (named ships only); Technical Terms in Foreign Languages; British Navy; U.S. Navy; Japanese Navy; French Navy; Italian Navy; Minor European Navies; South & Central American Navies; Lesser Asiatic & African Navies; Late Enemy & Russian Navies (Austrian Navy / Bulgarian Navy / German Navy / Russian Navy (Baltic Section) / Russian Navy (Black Sea Section) / Turkish Navy); Explanatory Notes to British Navy Section; Ships Lost in the War; Addenda Pages. Sharp crease down free rear endpaper - indents on adjacent page, four soft creases down free front endpaper and title page, light wear at corners ans at top/bottom hinge edges a few minor rub marks on boards. Dust jacket is price-clipped, has wear at op/bottom of flap-folds and top/bottom of hinges, three soft creases on front panel, small area of shelf soiling on bottom of text block, light browning at top inside edge. Please note: this is a heavy volume and may require extra postage charges for expedited or overseas shipping. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
 
CANADA'S SUBMARINERS, 1914-1923., Perkins, Dave.
10 Perkins, Dave. CANADA'S SUBMARINERS, 1914-1923.
Boston Mills, (Erin, Ontario, 1989), Ist edition. 
226 pp, 4to (11 1/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photos, pictorial endpapers showing submarine profiles. "Included in the early chapters is a detailed account of the building of the British submarines at Montreal, an industrial achievementa s controversial as it was militarilly successful. How these boats came to be, were built, manned and sent into action is fully covered." Minor edge wear to boards, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkli n g a t t o p/bottom of spine and flap-folds, minor rubbing, tiny tear archivally taped on front flap-fold. Very Good+/Very Good+ 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
TRAFALGAR: COUNTDOWN TO BATTLE 1803-1805., Schom, Alan.
11 Schom, Alan. TRAFALGAR: COUNTDOWN TO BATTLE 1803-1805.
Penguin, London, 1992, 2nd printing. 
421 pp, 7 3/4" H, soft cover. ISBN 01401111646 B&w illustrations. "In this panoramic account of events from the creation of Napoleon's menacing flotilla to Nelson's majestic funeral Schom tells the complete story for the first time. He describes in compelling detail - and usually in the words of contemporaries - Napoleon's coronation, Prime Minister Pitt's robust response to the threat of invasion, the breakneck build-up to battle and the crucial role of Admiral Cornwallis, the 'unob t r u s i v e hero' who ought to rank with Nelson as a national saviour. Trafalgar was a moment of almost unparalleled glory for Britain; this superb piece of historical detection and vivid story-telling does it full justice at last." Interior - v er y li gh t br owning to pages, soft bump at bottom corner of first 125 pages, otherwise clean and tight with no other ownership marks. Exterior - very light browning to edges of text block, small crease/bump at bottom corner of front cover. Very Go od 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
HARD LYING:  THE BIRTH OF THE DESTROYER, 1893-1913., Smith, Peter.
12 Smith, Peter. HARD LYING: THE BIRTH OF THE DESTROYER, 1893-1913.
London William Kimber 1971 718301927 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good- 
176 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w photographs. "The ubiquitous destroyer, the Navy's maid of all work, is so familiar, so distinctive among small ships, that it is surprising how confusing are its origins. The idea behind its genesis was that it should meet the threat of the torpedo - which really began to look like a practical weapon of war in the 1860s; it was quickly realised how vulnerable the battleships could be to these small craft carrying their lethal torpedoes close in to the armoured leviathans whose guns were largely on too grand a scale to engage them. The Admiralty first called for designs for Torpedo Boat Catchers, and then Torpedo Boat Destroyers; in the meantime they hung nets and booms around the big ships to protect them from the torpedo - which fortunately proved slightly erratic in operation. From this early idea, from the torpedo boat destroyer, evolved the destroyer itself - somewhat larger than the catcher, and soon itself armed with torpedoes and ultimately with 4-inch guns, making the destroyer a formidable, sea-going ship with considerable range and endurance. In the years leading up to the First World War, the destroyers were soon numbered in flotillas, and larger operations in mass became tactically important. This is an informed and highly readable account of the first twenty years in the development of one of the best-loved and effective classes of warship in history." Very light browning to edges of textblock. Dust jacket light wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, two tiny closed tears, small sticker pull on both panels, minor edge browning, small white paint smudge and small area of soiling on front panel. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
A LEAF UPON THE SEA:  A SMALL SHIP IN THE MEDITERRANEAN, 1941-1943., Stead, Gordon W.
13 Stead, Gordon W. A LEAF UPON THE SEA: A SMALL SHIP IN THE MEDITERRANEAN, 1941-1943.
Vancouver University of British Columbia Press 1988 0774802995 / 9780774802994 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
185 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs, maps. "The Mediterranean Sea in World War II was the scene of prolonged and violent naval warfare between the British and the Axis powers, Italy and Germany. The stories of the major squadrons and their admirals have been told, as their actions led directly to the outcomes. Here is the tale of the smallest surface ships, their officers and men who, at the very tip of British sea power in that disputed sea, played vital roles in making posible the successes of the more famous forces. It is told by one of them - a Canadian on loan to the Royal Navy - who took a leading part from the lowest ebb in British fortunes through the struggle against almost overwhelming odds to the climax of the first landings on the continent of Europe. The select 3rd Flotilla of Motor Launches - known as MLs in the United Kingdom and in Canada as 'Fairmiles' - was the first to go abroad from the British Isles and the only one sent into the eye of the storm as the larger ships were driven out. Stead recalls passages in disguise through hostile waters, successful fights with aircraft, the siege and blitz of Malta, major convoy battles, minesweeping in the forefront of the action, and the landings that drove Mussolini's Italy out of the war. He not only records specific contributions to the Allied cause unique for vessels of this type, but also gives a front-row view of the battle for the central Medi terranean." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very light edge wear, previous owner's small label on free front endpaper. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, slight fading to colour on spine and at t op of front hinge. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
A LEAF UPON THE SEA:  A SMALL SHIP IN THE MEDITERRANEAN, 1941-1943., Stead, Gordon W.
14 Stead, Gordon W. A LEAF UPON THE SEA: A SMALL SHIP IN THE MEDITERRANEAN, 1941-1943.
Vancouver University of British Columbia Press 1988 0774802995 / 9780774802994 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
185 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs, maps. "The Mediterranean Sea in World War II was the scene of prolonged and violent naval warfare between the British and the Axis powers, Italy and Germany. The stories of the major squadrons and their admirals have been told, as their actions led directly to the outcomes. Here is the tale of the smallest surface ships, their officers and men who, at the very tip of British sea power in that disputed sea, played vital roles in making posible the successes of the more famous forces. It is told by one of them - a Canadian on loan to the Royal Navy - who took a leading part from the lowest ebb in British fortunes through the struggle against almost overwhelming odds to the climax of the first landings on the continent of Europe. The select 3rd Flotilla of Motor Launches - known as MLs in the United Kingdom and in Canada as 'Fairmiles' - was the first to go abroad from the British Isles and the only one sent into the eye of the storm as the larger ships were driven out. Stead recalls passages in disguise through hostile waters, successful fights with aircraft, the siege and blitz of Malta, major convoy battles, minesweeping in the forefront of the action, and the landings that drove Mussolini's Italy out of the war. He not only records specific contributions to the Allied cause unique for vessels of this type, but also gives a front-row view of the battle for the central Medi terranean." Very light wrinkling at bottom of spine, one small corner bump, minor bump at bottom of rear board, 1" light pen mark on front free endpaper, three tiny light stains on fore-edge of text block. Dust jacket has large corner crease on front flap, light wrinkling at top of front flap - minor elsewhere, slight fading to spine color. 
Price: 22.50 USD
 


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