WHISPERS FROM THE FLEET.

Cradock, Captain Christopher.


£100.00




Griffin, Portsmouth & London, FIRST EDITION, 1907. Viii + 359 pp., frontis + 4 other plates. Blue cloth ; gilt ; pict. gilt front board. 19 x 13cm. V.G. Signed "Eric C. Tufnell" (Cmdr. Eric Erskine Campbell Tufnell, RN., 1888-1979, was born in Bangalore, India, his father being a Major in the Army having fought in the Afghan War. In 1903, Eric Tufnell entered the Royal Navy, and in 1904 joined his uncle, Rear-Admiral Lionel Grant Tufnell, on the China station. He was aboard MONTAGU when she was wrecked on Lundy in 1906. He went on to serve in submarines during WWI and retired from the Navy in 1929 but returned to the Navy for WWII. He is best remembered as a highly regarded marine artist, his work being found in galleries and private collections around the world.) Also signed & inscribed by Dr. Nicholas Rodger : "Nicholas Rodger, Acton. Saint Dreyfus's (?) Day 1999." Published in 1907, this was a very popular book in the wardrooms of His Majesty's Ships during the Edwardian era, being a light-hearted study and guide to seamanship and naval duties in the Royal Navy. The author covers ship handling, steam evolutions, towing, anchor work, targets, boat work, officer's duties at sea and in port, coaling ship procedures, illuminating ship, nets, engines, gunnery, naval salutes, court-martial, navigation, diving, submarines, naval signals, salvage work, etc. On the outbreak of war in 1914 the author, then Rear-Admiral Craddock, was in command of a motley squadron comprising of three old cruisers and an AMC. He had the misfortune to fall in with Admiral von Spee's powerful cruiser squadron off the coast of Chile, and what followed became known as the Battle of Coronel. Craddock lost two of his ships and, brave to the last, went down with his flagship. He was a popular officer and the desire to avenge his loss in the Navy was overwhelming. The Royal Navy dispatched Admiral Sturdee with a crack squadron to match that of von Spee's, and Sturdee surprised the Germans off the Falklands where von Spee and his squadron were destroyed in a dramatic running fight. (See Item 129).


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