Young, Desmond.


Jonathan Cape, 1st.ed., 1932. 311 pp., frontis + 11 other photo-plates. Blue cloth ; yellow lettering. 20 x 14cm. Binding rubbed & worn ; foxing to final couple of leaves ; GOOD. Commodore Sir Frederick Young, RNR, was a master of his craft when it came to salvage operations. His work for the Royal Navy began in 1906 but it was especially notable during the First World War when his deeds became legendry. It was Young who successfully cleared the ports of Zeebrugge and Ostend of block ships. His mercantile salvage work was less well-known but no less remarkable. Frederick Young of the Liverpool Salvage Company became the Admiralty's first Chief Salvage Officer. In 1924 the Liverpool Salvage Company merged with the Glasgow Salvage Association to form the Liverpool and Glasgow Salvage Association, the firm becoming the backbone of British salvage operations during the Second World War. An experienced hard-hat diver, Frederic Young was responsible for the salvage of the battleship HMS MONTAGU which ran ashore on Lundy Island ; the MINNEHAHA aground in the Scillies ; and the cruiser HMS GLADIATOR cut down by the liner ST. PAUL in the Solent ' among many others. His famous salvage vessel, RANGER, was once a familiar sight on the Mersey and carried out invaluable work. SCARCE.

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