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25 CENTURIES OF SEA WARFARE, Mordal, Jacques
81 Mordal, Jacques 25 CENTURIES OF SEA WARFARE
Abbey Library, (London, 1970). 
419 pp., 8vo (8 5/8" H), blue boards, hard cover in dust jacket The author covers history of sea warfare from 480 B.C. to WWII. Many illustrations of ships, armaments, attack plans, etc. Tiny stain at top edge of front endpapers, a few tiny foxin g marks on top of textblock, tiny scuff on front board, heavy wear on bottom edge of boards and at top/bottom edges of spine, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has heavy edge wear/creasing, several tears with creases and tape on inside, moderate rubbing, a few tiny foxing marks on flaps. Good/Poor 
Price: 12.50 USD
 
 
A SELECTION OF SHIPS' BADGES OF HIS MAJESTY'S ROYAL NAVIES., N/A
82 N/A A SELECTION OF SHIPS' BADGES OF HIS MAJESTY'S ROYAL NAVIES.
Toronto Gutta Percha & Rubber, Limited 1942 Good- 
16 pp, 8 7/8" H. Shows colour badges, sleeve markings and shoulder straps of naval officer, b&w silhouettes of British warships. A patriotic promotional piece from the Gutta Percha & Rubber Company, touting their contribution to the war effort and exhorting the public to save rubber. The back cover shows the badge of the Canadian Merchant Navy. Interior - water stains at fore edge of pages and inside of covers, small soft crease at top corner of pages. Exterior - water stain on covers - mainly on front, light edge wear - moderate on spine, a few soft wrinkles, one tiny edge tear. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
MANUAL OF SEAMANSHIP VOLUME III.  B.R. 67 (3/51), N/A
83 N/A MANUAL OF SEAMANSHIP VOLUME III. B.R. 67 (3/51)
Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London,1954. 
484 pp, large 8vo (9 3/4" H), hard cover (dark blue cloth with gold lettering on spine and front board, gold emblem on front board) - no dust jacket. "Volume III, herewith, comprises information on the more advanced aspects of seamanship, and is in tended as a book of reference for seamen of experience." Chapter headings: Officer-of-the-Watch in Harbour; Officer-of-the-Watch at Sea; Rule of the Road; Manoeuvring in Company; Handling Ships in Narrow Waters; Handling Ships in Heavy Wea t h e r ; T owing at Sea; Moorings; Salvage Operations; Wreck Dispersal; Extempore Handling of Heavy Weights; Fire-Fighting; Abandoning Ship, Survival, and Rescue; Warship Construction; Pumping and Ventilating Systems of a Warship; Equipment and Ma in te na nc e o f Warships; Types and Design of Merchant Ships, and Tonnage Measurements; Ship Stability; Cargo Stowage; Appendix: Dimensions and Strengths of Nylon Rope and of Common Rigging Fittings; Index. Previous owner's name inked out on fron t p ast edo wn, s ma ll light soiling mark on bottom of text block, very light edge wear - small bump/scuff on front edge of front board, light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, light rubbing - small shallow dint on rear board, slight loss of gold let teri ng o n sp ine . Ver y Good- 
Price: 35.00 USD
 
 
MANUAL OF SEAMANSHIP.  VOLUME I.  B.R. 67 (1)  (INCORPORATING AMENDMENT NOS. 1-4).  1951, N/A
84 N/A MANUAL OF SEAMANSHIP. VOLUME I. B.R. 67 (1) (INCORPORATING AMENDMENT NOS. 1-4). 1951
Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1959 (5th impression of 1951 edition). 
290 pp, large 8vo (9 3/4" H), hard cover (dark blue cloth with gold lettering on spine and front board) - no dust jacket. 'Certificate of Insertion of Amendments' affixed to front pastedown, noting where amendments have been made to the book by ins erting/glueing in new information, with corresponding neat ink notations in text. Profusely illustrated with b&w drawings/diagrams/maps. Colour section on Semaphore Code, Naval and International Codes, Flags and Ensigns. Chapter headings: G e n e r a l Sea Terms; Types of Ship; Design and Construction of Warships: Elementary Ship Construction; Routine, Passing Orders, and Organisation; Rope and Its Usage; Rigging; Ships' Boats; Anchors and Cables; The Mariner's Compass; Conning and St ee ri ng ; So un ding by Lead and Line; Charts: Buoyage: Lights; Naval Communications; Naval Ceremonial; Questions; Index. Very light edge wear to boards. Very Good- 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
85 Pack, S.W.C. THE BATTLE OF MATAPAN. BRITISH BATTLE SERIES.
London B. T. Batsford 1961 First Edition Very Good - Good+ 
183 pp, 8vo (8 15/16" H). B&w photographs, maps/battle plans. "In March 1941 Britain faced the Axis powers alone. Her army was still in disarray after Dunkerque, her fleet was stretched to the uttermost. It was in this context that, 100 miles off Cape Matapan in Greece, there was fought an action in which the Italian fleet was so signally defeated that it never voluntarily offered battle again so long as the war lasted. The engagement, the first major fleet action since Jutland a quarter of a century earlier, was of historical significance for two reasons; it was the first time carrier-borne aircraft had played a vital role, and the first time that the use of radar was of preponderant importance in a large-scale fleet action. Here is an account of Matapan which, illustrated by unfamiliar action photographs, will satisfy the expert no less than it will engross the general reader." The author, Captain Pack, was present throughout the Battle in the carrier 'Formidable'. Light to moderate edge wear to boards, light wrinkling at bottom of spine, two previous owner's names/info./date on front pastedown, very light browning to fore-edge of text block. Dust jacket is price clipped, has browning on spine and edges, light edge wear - mainly at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
THE BATTLE OF MATAPAN.  BRITISH BATTLE SERIES., Pack, S.W.C.
86 Pack, S.W.C. THE BATTLE OF MATAPAN. BRITISH BATTLE SERIES.
London B. T. Batsford 1961 First Edition Good Good- 
183 pp, 8vo (8 15/16" H). B&w photographs, maps/battle plans. "In March 1941 Britain faced the Axis powers alone. Her army was still in disarray after Dunkerque, her fleet was stretched to the uttermost. It was in this context that, 100 miles off Cape Matapan in Greece, there was fought an action in which the Italian fleet was so signally defeated that it never voluntarily offered battle again so long as the war lasted. The engagement, the first major fleet action since Jutland a quarter of a century earlier, was of historical significance for two reasons; it was the first time carrier-borne aircraft had played a vital role, and the first time that the use of radar was of preponderant importance in a large-scale fleet action. Here is an account of Matapan which, illustrated by unfamiliar action photographs, will satisfy the expert no less than it will engross the general reader." The author, Captain Pack, was present throughout the Battle in the carrier 'Formidable'. Very light browning to endpapers, light toning in margins of pages, moderate edge wear (colour loss), several very tiny stains and light browning to fore-edge of texy block. Dust jacket has light browning on the inside; browning on spine, flap-folds and top/bottom edges of flaps; moderate edge wear - more at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds with very small chips. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
BROKE AND THE SHANNON., Padfield, Peter.
87 Padfield, Peter. BROKE AND THE SHANNON.
London Hodder and Stoughton 1968 First Edition Very Good+ Very Good 
246 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w plates, map. " 'Sir, as the 'Chesapeake' appears now ready for sea, I request that you will do me the favor to meet the 'Shannon' with her ship to ship to try the fortune of our respective flags.' So began the challenge to equal combat which Captain Philip Broke sent to Captain Lawrence of the United States frigate 'Chesapeake' on 1st June, 1813. The same afternoon Lawrence sailed to meet him; the engagement which resulted is perhaps the most celebrated single-ship duel in the annals of the Royal Navy. For the challenger, Broke, it was the climax of years of waiting for a chance to distinguish himself, and it succeeded beyond his dreams. In one furious contest the 'Shannon' avenged an unbroken list of five American single-ship victories since the start of the war. (The author) tells the story of Broke's life as it led up to this supreme day and vividly describes the action itself as he has discovered it afresh in contemporary documents and survivors' accounts. As far as possible Broke's own words have been used, in letters to his beloved wife as she waited in Suffolk, in journals and in other papers. He emerges as much more than simply a fighting sailor - he was a sensitive man, lover of flowers and the Latin poets, yet a master gunner whose fascination with scientific devices and ideas on training led to the establishment of the first great gunnery school, 'Excellent', a patriot, a teacher, a loving and beloved husband and father." Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has light rubbing, minor wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds - tiny tear at top of spine, minor browning. 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
JANE'S FIGHTING SHIPS 1919.  A REPRINT OF THE 1919 EDITION OF FIGHTING SHIPS., Parkes, O., Surgeon-Lieut. and Predergast, Maurice, editors.
88 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 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.
89 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
 
 
90 Perkins, J. David. THE CANADIAN SUBMARINE SERVICE IN REVIEW.
St Catharines, Ontario Vanwell 2000 1551250314 / 9781551250311 First Edition Very Good+ Very Good+ 
208 pp, 10 1/4" H. Profusely illustrated in b&w with photographs, diagrams. "The Canadian Navy acquired its first submarines on the day the First World War was declared. As well, Canadian officers served in all theatres of war aboard British submarines, continuing into the Second World War. During WWII and the following Cold War Canada owned no submarines, but 'rented' submarine services from Britain and the US with which to train its large, modern anti-submarine fleet. Finally, during the 1960s the decision was made to acquire submarines for the RCN, and Canada now has a very dedicated submarine service of its own. Perkins, himself a submariner, ably chronicles that evolution in these pages." Dust jacket has very minor rubbing, small shallow indentation on spine. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE CANADIAN SUBMARINE SERVICE IN REVIEW., Perkins, J. David.
91 Perkins, J. David. THE CANADIAN SUBMARINE SERVICE IN REVIEW.
St Catharines, Ontario Vanwell 2000 1551250314 / 9781551250311 First Edition Fine Very Good 
208 pp, 10 1/4" H. Profusely illustrated in b&w with photographs, diagrams. "The Canadian Navy acquired its first submarines on the day the First World War was declared. As well, Canadian officers served in all theatres of war aboard British submarines, continuing into the Second World War. During WWII and the following Cold War Canada owned no submarines, but 'rented' submarine services from Britain and the US with which to train its large, modern anti-submarine fleet. Finally, during the 1960s the decision was made to acquire submarines for the RCN, and Canada now has a very dedicated submarine service of its own. Perkins, himself a submariner, ably chronicles that evolution in these pages." Book is Fine. Dust jacket has very light rubbing, some faint scratches on rear panel, very light wrinkling at top edge of rear flap. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
SPITHEAD:  THE NAVY'S ANVIL., Powell, Michael.
92 Powell, Michael. SPITHEAD: THE NAVY'S ANVIL.
Redan & Vedette, n.p., 1977. 
60 pp, 8 1/4" H, soft cover (stapled in wraps). ISBN 0950544604 Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, maps, plans. "An account of the Spithead anchorage and Fortress Portsmouth dealing with invasion, sea power, land power, gunnery, armour, ballistics, ship construction and the science of fortification both in attack and defence over a thousand years as reflected in generations of effort to protect the anchorage and facilities on which mighty sea power depended." Interior - previous o wner's small stamp on inside of front cover, otherwise clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - light wear on spine - minor elsewhere, a few very soft wrinkles. Very Good+ 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
AIRFIX MAGAZINE ANNUAL 6 FOR MODELLERS., Quarrie, Bruce, ed.  (Martin Holbrook, Gerald Scarborough, Alan Hall, Roger Chesneau, John Dandars, Bryan Philpott, Richard Gardner, Dave Becker, Michael Bowyer, Gerry Preece, Ron Wood, Noel Smith, Michael Andress, Terry Wise, Bruce Robertson.)
93 Quarrie, Bruce, ed. (Martin Holbrook, Gerald Scarborough, Alan Hall, Roger Chesneau, John Dandars, Bryan Philpott, Richard Gardner, Dave Becker, Michael Bowyer, Gerry Preece, Ron Wood, Noel Smith, Michael Andress, Terry Wise, Bruce Robertson.) AIRFIX MAGAZINE ANNUAL 6 FOR MODELLERS.
Cambridge Patrick Stephens 1976 0850592267 / 9780850592269 Very Good No Jacket - (as issued) 
100 pp, 9 15/16" H - glazed pictorial boards Profusely illustrated in colour and b&w with photographs, drawings, diagrams, plans, uniform studies, etc. Contents: MiG 15; SdKfz 223; Victor, Valiant and Vulcan: V-bomber story; HMS Cambelltown; Motor infantry in the desert; MiG 15; Chasseurs a Cheval de la Garde; South African Mirages; The pick of Photopage; Luftwaffe fighter heraldry; Steyr 640 trucks; Highball Mosquito; To sink the Tirpitz; Roman artillery: Onager, ballista and crews; Photo Quiz; Ford Model 'T van; Paddle steamer tug; French Foreign Legion forts; CDS and Crane Matildas; Would you believe it?; Steyr 640. Minor bump at top/bottom of spine, very light wear at corners, light rubbing to glossy boards. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
ENSIGN 2 - DIDO CLASS CRUISERS., Raven, Alan and Lenton, H. Trevor.
94 Raven, Alan and Lenton, H. Trevor. ENSIGN 2 - DIDO CLASS CRUISERS.
Bivouac, n.p., 1973. 
Unpaginated (approx. 58 pp.), 10" H, soft cover (stapled in wraps). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, drawings/diagrams, double-page fold-out colour section showing camouflage patterns. Contents; Design background, Construction; First T rials; Armament on completion; Radar; Wartime armament modifications; Modifications to second group; Armament modification; Gun and blast trials; General; War service; Camouflage; Post-war modifications; Transfers and disposals; Other desig n s ; A c t i o n damage. Interior - small museaum sticker on first page, small area of waviness at fore-edge of first half of pages. Exterior - 3" dia. light stain with tiny areas of surface paper loss on rear cover, a few small soft wrinkles on c ov er s , ve ry l ig ht rubbing, minor edge wear - mainly on rear cover, two tiny corner creases. Good 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
PANDORA'S LAST VOYAGE., Rawson, Geoffrey.
95 Rawson, Geoffrey. PANDORA'S LAST VOYAGE.
Longmans, London, 1963, first edition. 
165 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w plates, maps. "In 1791, H.M.S. Pandora was sent to the Pacific to find the notorious Bounty and bring the mutineers back to justice in England. Though Pandora never found the object of her mi ssion and failed to apprehend the main party on Pitcairn Island, she eventually rounded up those of the mutineers who had elected to stay on Tahiti. These had to face Pandora's brutal Captain Edwards, and some were inexcusably lost, drowned i n t h e i r manacles when Pandora ran on to a reef. The wreck was succeeded by a hazardous and astonishing passage in open boats to safety - to trial and possible death. Contemporary documents form the basis of (this) rousing account of the voy ag e, of P an do ra's crew and of her prisoners; of the Bounty midshipman George Stewart who married a beautiful Tahitian and whose romance was celebrated by Byron; of Mary Bryant, the girl convict from Botany Bay; and of the aimiable people of th e ' Isl a nd Par adi ses ' to whom the coming of ships' crews to the South Seas brought little but sorrow and degradation. Set against a background of perilous reefs and uncharted tropical seas, their story has all the power of history, and the pac e an d ex ci tme nt o f ad vent ure." Minor bump at top of spine, previous owner's small stamp on front pastedown. Dust jacket has been price-clipped, has light wrinkling at top of spine and top/bottom of flap-folds, light rubbing/soiling on rear panel , lig ht brow ning at bo ttom edge of flaps. Very Good+/Very Good 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
LIFE IN MR. LINCOLN'S NAVY., Ringle, Dennis J.
96 Ringle, Dennis J. LIFE IN MR. LINCOLN'S NAVY.
Annapolis, Maryland Naval Institure Press 1998 1557507368 / 9781557507365 Very Good- Very Good 
202 pp, large 8vo (9 3/16" H). B&w illustrations. "Every aspect of the common sailor's life in the Union navy - such as recruiting, clothing, training, shipboard routine, entertainment, wages, diet, health, and combat experience - is addressed in this study, the first to examine the subject in such detail. The wealth of new facts provided here offers a fresh look at nineteenth-century social history, including such issues as racial integration in the military. As he examines daily life in the Union navy, Dennis Ringle also calls attention to the enlisted sailor's enormous but often overlooked contributions to the development of the U.S. Navy as it moved from wood and sail to steam and iron. Ringle, a marine engineer with more than twenty years of naval experience, describes the lives of the steam engineers whose work laler proved critical to the success of the ironclad monitors and the development of the powerful pre-dreadnought warships. His focus is on the sailors assigned to the western river vessels and the ships enforcing the blockade, and those dispatched to destroy Confederate commerce raiders. To reconstruct daily life, he draws on a large number of published and unpublished diaries, journals, and letters. To put the information in context, he compares the sailor's life to that of a soldier's, including health conditions - to explain why, for example, fewer sailors died from disease than soldiers." Pages 43 to 62 have tiny chips and tears at bottom edge from page shearing process, wrinkling and small tear at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, light soiling on rear panel. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
97 Robertson, George. Edited and with introduction by Oliver Warner. AN ACCOUNT OF THE DISCOVERY OF TAHITI, FROM THE JOURNAL OF GEORGE ROBERTSON, MASTER OF H.M.S. DOLPHIN.
London Folio Society 1992 Reissue Fine Robert Gibbings. 
127 pp, 8vo (9"H). Bound in quarter dark red cloth, yellow paper boards with repeat pattern in dark red by Robert Gibbings; dark red endpapers. Yellow slipcase. 10 wood-engravings of various sizes, including the frontispiece map of Tahiti and the title-page vignette. "For this impression the wood-engravings were printed lithograpically from good pulls, rather than from the poor impressions found in the earlier printings." "The text was drawn from a volume published by the Hakluyt Society in 1948, with the addition of extracts from diaries kept by others aboard H.M.S. Dolphin between 19 June and 27 July 1767." In publisher's original shrinkwrap. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
WALKER, R.N.  THE STORY OF CAPTAIN FREDERIC JOHN WALKER, C.B., D.S.O. AND THREE BARS, R.N.  CADET EDITION., Robertson, Terence.
98 Robertson, Terence. WALKER, R.N. THE STORY OF CAPTAIN FREDERIC JOHN WALKER, C.B., D.S.O. AND THREE BARS, R.N. CADET EDITION.
Evans Brothers, London, 1960 reprint, Cadet edition. 
192 pp, 8vo (8" H), hard cover in dust jacket. B&w photographs. "According to an Admiralty statement the Battle of the Atlantic, which raged for five and a half years, was 'the most protracted and bitterly fought campaign in which the British Empi re and her Allies have ever been engaged'. That this battle was triumphantly won was the direct result of the offensive tactics of the Navy's 'little ships', inspired by the brilliant exploits of one man who, the Admiralty stated, 'did more t o f r e e the Atlantic of the U-Boat menace than any other single officer'. Here is this man's story - the life and death of Captain Frederic John Walker, R.N., Companion of the Order of the Bath, and holder of the D.S.O. and three Bars. Worki ng w i th t he c omplete co-operation of Captain Walker's family and with full access to private papers and diaries, the author traces the career of this indomitable sailor from his early years as a midshipman in H.M.S. Ajax to his last voyage in th e s lo op Sta rli ng. This is a magnificent and inspiring record of devotion to duty and unfaltering courage. (The author) tells in vivid, authentic detail the unrelenting struggle waged by Captain Walker and the men under his command to beat the men ace of the Ger man U-Boat." Minor foxing on top of text block on endpapers, minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket is price clipped, has moderate edge wear/wrinkling and creasing, several small tears and tiny chips - some with old tape rep airs, two fain t water stains, 3 tiny punctures, 1" piece missing at top of rear panel, light rubbing, slight browning - now in a mylar sleeve. Very Good/Good- 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
SEA POWER AND INDIAN SECURITY., Roy-Chaudhury, Rahul.
99 Roy-Chaudhury, Rahul. SEA POWER AND INDIAN SECURITY.
Brassey's, London, (1995), Ist edition. 
222 pp, 8vo, HC in dust jacket. 2 b&w maps at rear. "Covering the period from 1947 to the present day, (the author) examines the changes that have occured in the Indian government's perception of the utility of sea power. From a period of relativ e neglect immediately after independence, policies have increasingly begun to reflect the importance of the sea to Indian security. Covering economic, military and political considerations, (this book) draws upon sensitive classified do c u m e n t s s e n t from Indian Naval Headquarters to the British Admiralty until the 1960s. It investigates indigenous warship construction from the late 1960s, as well as the acquisition of naval vessels from the erstwhile Soviet Union. The ad op ti on o f a d ef en si ve naval doctrine proved to be the solution to reluctant government funding, and helped pave the way towards expansion and a more active role for the navy in the struggle for control of the Indian Ocean, where India ha s b eco me a d omi na nt m ari tim e p owe r." Minor wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edgewear/wrinkling, tiny closed tear at top of front panel. VG+/VG+ 
Price: 40.00 USD
 
 
WHO SANK SURCOUF?  THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE PRIDE OF THE FRENCH NAVY., Rusbridger, James.
100 Rusbridger, James. WHO SANK SURCOUF? THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE PRIDE OF THE FRENCH NAVY.
London Century 1991 0712639756 / 9780712639750 Very Good Very Good 
209 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H). B&w illustrations. "At 3pm on the afternoon of 12 February 1942, the French Submarine 'Surcouf', then the largest submarine in service with any navy, sailed from Bermuda bound for Tahiti via the Panama Canal. On board were 129 French officers and men, and three members of a Royal Navy liaison team. From the moment she left Bermuda, 'Surcouf' was never seen again. Not a single scrap of wreckage, body, or anything remotely connected with this giant vessel was ever found. (She) simply disappeared. On the night of 2 July, 1941 'Surcouf', docked in Devenport, was forcibly taken over by the Royal Navy in an operation that resulted in three deaths and many injuries. A motley collection of Breton fishermen were press-ganged into geting 'Surcouf' seaworthy again. Too slow and cumbersome to serve in home waters, (she) was sent off to Canada to escort convoys across the Atlantic, but almost immediately reports circulated that 'Surcouf' had sunk some of the ships in the first convoy she was guarding. When the British liaison officer warned his superiors 'Surcouf' was a menace and should not be kept in service, he was accused of cowardice and replaced by Sub Lieutenant Roger Burney, a young, naive officer who had enjoyed a long homosexual relationship with the singer Peter Pears and the composer Benjamin Britten, and was later to have 'War Requiem' dedicated to his memory. After taking part in the unauthorised seizure of the Vichy-held islands of St Pierre and Miquelon in December 1941, which greatly angered Roosevelt and embarrassed Churchill, 'Surcouf' was ordered to sail for Tahiti. Burney warned the Admiralty that (her) crew were unreliable, and that they were openly talking about mutinying and defecting either to France or Martinique. However, the Admiralty insisted 'Surcouf' sail - it was never seen again. The vanishing of 'Surcouf' became one of the most controversial affairs to sour relations between the Allies with accusations that it had been deliberately sunk by the British or American navy." Light browning to pages, browning to edges of text block, light wrinkling at bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 45.00 USD
 
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