Cheltenham, 1st.ed., 1999. 160 pp., 125 photographs (7 cold.) + sketches. D.j., 24 x 20cm. FINE. The Royal Navy’s last big-gun cruisers served in the fleet for a period of 20 years from 1959 to 1979, and this is the first book to tell their story in detail. The author describes the careers through each year of operational service of H. M. Ships TIGER, LION and BLAKE. The author also draws on the memories of their ships’ companies from senior officers to junior ratings. The 125 photographs (7 in colour) tell their story from their early days at the shipbuilding yards, to their final days at the breakers. FINE copy.