1st.ed., 1959. Xiv + 369 pp., frontis + 22 plates + 5 maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Worn chipped dust jacket ; foxing chiefly to edges & endpapers ; o/w V.G. The best popular account of Nelson's flagship VICTORY, now preserved in Portsmouth. The year 1758 saw the birth of the man who was to frustrate the maritime ambitions of France and Spain ; the same year a new First Rate was ordered and named VICTORY. The man, Horatio Nelson, and the ship, VICTORY, would go down in history together 47 years later. The author provides a detailed account of the ship's career from the moment the Admiralty made the decision to build her, to the late 1950s when she was well established as a major tourist attraction. VICTORY fought in many other battles besides Trafalgar and she was associated with many other celebrated naval officers before Nelson hoisted his flag in her. These include Keppel, Howe, Jervis, and Saumarez. Her day at Trafalgar was the crowning glory of an already distinguished career. A readable and informative account.