Kenneth Mason, Emsworth, 1st.ed., 1984. 208 pp., many photo & other ills. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. The Royal Naval College at Manadon, Plymouth, HMS THUNDERER, and its predecessor, Keyham College, also at Plymouth, are the subject of this book in which the author traces the development of naval engineering since steam was first introduced into the navy early in the 19th century. The author examines the role of the engineer as both trainee and instructor, from the simplicities of the 1822 COMET, to the sophistication of nuclear-propelled submarines. The position of the engineer as a second class naval officer ' until Fisher swept away the in-built resentment of seaman-officers who refused to let go of the old world of fighting sail ' is also described, leading on to the rightful place of the engineer alongside his seaman peers. The author was a former Commander at both colleges and produces here their definitive history. Illustrated with many photographs. FINE copy.