1st.ed., 1989. Viii + 200 pp., plates & other ills. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE Joseph Huddart was born at Allonby in Cumberland in 1741 and was drawn to astronomy and then to the sea. At the age of 22 he was master of a brig and at 28 owned his own vessel. He entered the service of the Hon. East India Company and was given command of the ROYAL ADMIRAL. During a long sea-career, he devoted himself to the study of navigation and became one of the first directors of the East India Company in 1791, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, and after 25 years became an Elder Brethren of Trinity House. Huddart went on to invent a steam-driven machine for laying up rope thus saving much labour in the rope-walks. The author, a direct descendant, traces Huddart's fascinating maritime career during the 18th and early 19th centuries. FINE copy.