THE CRUISE OF H.M.S. DRAKE. A RECORD OF AN EVENTFUL COMMISSION WITH THE SECOND CRUISER SQUADRON, JANUARY, 1905 ' MAY, 1907.

Minter, Joseph A.


£75.00




1st.ed., 1907. (Viii) + 288 pp., frontis + 17 other photo-plates. Blue decorated cloth. 19 x 13cm. 2 plates loose o/w V.G. Inscribed : "To Mrs. Ham with kindest regards from William Lakeman, and with many happy memories of Gibraltar." (William Lakeman was an Engineer Lieutenant aboard HMS DRAKE.) The author served as Signal Boatswain aboard the 1st class armoured cruiser DRAKE attached to the Second Cruiser Squadron under the flag of Rear-Admiral H.S.H. Prince Louis Alexander of Battenberg, G.C.B., during her 1905-1907 commission. He describes DRAKE'S cruise from Portsmouth in early 1905 to the time Prince Louis lowered his flag at Gibraltar in February 1907 (when the cruiser was docked). During this time she sailed 43,241 miles and consumed 36,829 tons of coal. Her cruise took her to Mediterranean ports, Canada, USA and various European ports. She was visited by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in company with the German Kaiser. She took part in fleet exercises and sporting events, was visited by the King and Queen of Portugal, landed a Naval Brigade at Newfoundland, celebrated the Nelson Centenary at Halifax N.S., gave a grand function off New York, was at Portsmouth when the DREADNOUGHT was launched, gave passage to Prince and Princess Andrew of Greece, ordered to join the flag of Lord Charles Beresford during a dispute with Turkey, landing a fully equipped Naval Brigade for active service, entertained the American Cruiser Squadron, was visited by the King & Queen of Spain, and performed many other duties and services during a lively and eventful commission.


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