Glasgow, 1st.ed., 1995. X + 84 pp., cold. frontis with maps & drawings by A. A. Morton. D.j., 30 x 21cm. Very light browning around edges of leaves o/w FINE. John Smith rose from a cabin boy aboard a Greenland whaler to become master of one of the finest China clippers in history - the LAHLOO. The author moved into Smith's former home in Fife and became fascinated with its Victorian occupant. Smith was born in Anstruther, Fife, in 1823 and after the loss of the LAHLOO in 1872 he was employed by Killick Martin of London to supervise the building of the iron clipper MAJU at Dundee, also destined for the China trade. She sailed from Dundee on her maiden voyage bound for Rangoon but was lost with all hands five days out in a great storm on Trafalgar Day 1874. John Smith had made his final voyage. Illustrated with a coloured frontispiece and line drawings.