1st.ed., 1959. 498 pp., several drawings. D.j., 22 x 13cm. Nr.FINE. An authoritative work of reference written by two naval officers who served on the Admiralty’s Ships’ Names Committee from 1940 to 1945. They open their study with a history of ship-naming from earliest times and this is followed by the main section of the book which provides a comprehensive dictionary of ship names of the Royal Navy with every warship of any importance. In addition the origin of each name is explained and a list of each vessel’s Battle Honours up to the 1950s. A very useful source of reference.