By: Hough, Richard.

Price: $15.00 USD

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Book Condition: Very Good

174 pp, 8vo (8 11/16" H). B&w illustrations. "On June 22nd, 1893, the British Mediterranean Fleet, the greatest naval fighting force and the most powerful weapon in the world, was on peacetime manoeuvres off Syria. The weather was fine, the sea calm, the eleven great ironclads were cruising in perfect formation at moderate speed. Then, at 3:31 p.m. the order was given from the flagship to bring the fleet, through a delicate and complex evolution, to its anchorage off Tripoli, barely three miles distant. The calamitous result of this signal was to strike horror throughout Europe and America, and to bring into disrepute the conduct, the principles of tactics and of discipline, and the fundamentals of warship design, in the Royal Navy. The author has explored deeply into the causes of this strange and obscure catastrophe that created such outrage, but was never satisfactorily explained then, and ever since has been the subject of controversy and prejudice. The incident concerned two battleships, crack men-o'-war that were hardly safe even in peace; two admirals, strongly contrasting in temperament, intelligence and authority; and a series of fluttering flags that initiated the extraordinary evolution. Richard Hough believes that the answer to the enigma must lie in the characters of these admirals, Sir George Tryon, K.C.B., and Albert Hastings Markham; the one imperious, intimidating and self-confident; the other earnest and well-intentioned, but anxious and fretful. This account of their backgrounds and service careers, which sympathetically reveals their personalities (sometimes with pungent humour) makes a story which can be read as the dual biographies of men who appear as destined for explosive fusion. The events of that sultry summer afternoon make fascinating reading for anyone interested in the sea, and in men's behaviour in crisis." Some light browning and light waviness on endpapers, faint tiny foxing marks on top of text block. Dust jacket has been price clipped, has light edge wear, tiny chips and small tears - some archivally taped, minor soiling on rear panel.


Author Name: Hough, Richard.

Categories: Military - Naval, Military - Victorian Era, Sailing & The Sea,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, Hamish Hamilton: 1959

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good-

Seller ID: 23281

Keywords: Royal Navy, British Mediterranean Fleet, Victorian era, Ironclads, H.M.S. Victoria, Sir George Tryon, Albert Hastings Markham, Camperdown, Archibald Maurice Bourke, Lord Gillford, Hawkins-Smith, Michael Culme-Seymour, Courts martial, Court, Hibernia, 1892, Syria, Tripoli, Warships, Warship Design, Naval Tactics, Naval Discipline, Admirals, Naval Disasters.,