Eardley-Wilmot, Rear-Admiral Sir Sydney M.


1st.ed., n.d. (1920). Viii + 184 pp., frontis + 28 other photo-plates. D.j ; edges uncut. 25 x 17cm. V.G. Rear-Admiral Eardley-Wilmot is perhaps best remembered today for his enlightening literary work on naval subjects and for his prize-winning naval essays. Born at East Sheen in Surrey in 1847, he was the fifth son of Sir John Eardley-Wilmot, Bart., of Berkswell Hall, Warwickshire. Sydney entered the Royal Navy via BRITANNIA in 1860, sleeping the night before in the Old George Inn at Portsmouth where Nelson had spent his last night in England (the inn was destroyed by German bombs during the last war). He describes his early years in the Navy ; Portsmouth in the 1860s and the old wooden walls which then filled the harbour. He served in the EMERALD, DUNCAN, CALEDONIA, ZEALOUS and in the PALLAS ' the latter taking him on a cruise to South America. He also served at Greenwich ; in the torpedo schoolship VERNON ; and at the Admiralty ' all before taking command of the DOLPHIN. He went on to serve in Naval Intelligence. One of his ideas, in order to counter torpedo attack, was to suggest the construction of a bulge in the hulls of ships to absorb the impact. This interesting memoir spans two centuries and contains many sidelights on naval history : early torpedoes and torpedo-vessels, and events which shaped the dreadnought fleet in the opening years of the last century. Uncommon in dust jacket.

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