1st.ed., 1947. V + 179 pp. D.j., 19 x 13cm. V.G. The author served in the RNVR during the Second World War and recalls the transition for thousands of men from civilian to seaman ; a metamorphosis that had both its painful as well as its comic side. Over the course of six chapters ' On His Majesty's Service. 'Men Dressed as Seamen'. Mess Thirteen. Eyes Down for the First Number. Bends & Itches. And Draft Chit ' told in narrative form, the author describes his impressions of barrack-life prior to going to sea during the early years of the war. Uncommon in dust jacket.