Davidson, Rear-Admiral A. P. (Foreword by).


1st.ed., n.d. (1920s). X + 278 pp., frontis + 2 other plates. Re-bound in black cloth ; gold lettering to spine ; fore-edges uncut. 23 x 15cm. FINE. One of the few accounts of life in the Royal Navy during the 1870s as seen from the Lower Deck. Sam Noble volunteered for the Royal Navy along with his mates in his native Dundee when trade in their local mill dropped off. In 1875 he went along to the wooden frigate HMS UNICORN (still afloat in Dundee today) which was then serving as a Receiving Ship. He was sent down to Portsmouth to begin training aboard another old wooden wall, HMS ST. VINCENT, and he gives a vivid description of conditions and routine on board. He was eventually sent to sea and fed weevily biscuits and other coarse fare that would not have been unfamiliar to Nelson’s sailors seventy years earlier. He paints a vivid picture of life under sail as he went on a four-year cruise aboard HMS SWALLOW which sailed for some 60,000 miles around South Africa and South America, 1877 - 1881. FINE copy.

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