2nd.ed., 1936. 317 pp., frontis, + 20 other photo-plates. Blue cloth ; gilt. 22 x 15cm. V.G. The author entered the Royal Navy in 1885 via the BRITANNIA and during the next 37 years on the Active List he served in many ships all over the world including TAMAR, VICTORIA, NILE, PHEASANT, BENBOW, MAJESTIC, PYRAMUS, CONFLICT, BERWICK, SEAGULL, COCHRANE, etc. His is less serious than some other reminiscences but no less interesting. Admiral Smith gives a chatty and anecdotal account as he spends his time "on meditating on my utterly misspent but thoroughly enjoyable past ' in company with the best lot of fellows that ever wore trousers." His observations of naval life in the last days of the Victorian Navy, the troublesome days leading up to war in 1914, through that conflict and on to the 1920s, are very much to the point and never dull. After the war the author was appointed Captain of the RN College at Greenwich. He gives an account of the tragic loss of the submarine L24. Illustrated with warships he served in.