Bridge, Admiral Sir Cyprian.


John Murray, 1st.ed., 1918.Xi + 328 + 4 (advt.) pp., cold. port. frontis + 2 photo-plates. Blue cloth ; gilt/black lettering. 22 x 15cm. Binding a trifle worn & lightly marked ; GOOD. Internally V.G. An autobiographical sketch of the naval career and family history of Admiral Sir Cyprian Bridge (1839-1924), describing life in the Royal Navy in the mid-19th century and an account of the islands in the Western Pacific. Cyprian Bridge entered the Navy in 1853 at the age of 14, having been nominated a cadetship by Admiral Sir Thomas Cochrane to whom his father was Chaplain. He describes his early naval life, his first ship, service in the West Indies, action in the White Sea during the Crimean War, service on the Pacific station, in the East Indies, on the Australian station, around the South Sea Islands and New Zealand. He describes the Bluejackets of the day and their kit, and provides interesting anecdotes of the sometimes obscure corners of the world where the White Ensign flew. This was the era of Pax Britannica and the author rose to become C-in-C of both the Australian Squadron and the China Squadron, retiring from the Navy in 1904 after a remarkable career.

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