1st.ed., 1951. 236 pp., frontis + 16 other photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Torn d.j. with slight loss o/w V.G. An account of the nine ships in the Royal Navy to bear the name VANGUARD from a vessel built in 1586 which went up against the Armada ; to the powerful post-war battleship which was to be Britain's last – broken up in 1960. In 22 chapters the author recalls the history and exploits of these nine warships. Chapters include: Lower Deck Life in the 17th Century. Dungeness and Portland. The Birth of Naval Tactics. The New War with Holland. The Four Days' Battle. The Seven Years' War. Nelson's Flagship. The Battle of the Nile. Neapolitan Interlude. Baltic Operations. From Sail to Steam. Building the New VANGUARD. South African Visit. Etc. THE STORY OF NINE BRITISH VANGUARDS.