Barnsley, 1st.ed., 2010. Xiii + 224 pp., 36 photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. Established in 1905, the RFA (Royal Fleet Auxiliary) was originally a logistic support organization owned by the Admiralty with a motley collection of colliers, store ships, and harbour craft. The author examines the rise of the RFA in terms of fleet strength, capability, significance, and quality of its ships manned by merchant seamen. He describes many little-known wartime operations and supplies copious data on the ships themselves as well as a description of life in the service based on personal accounts. Covers the RFA's activities during both World War I and World War II, with appendices that include RFA colour schemes, honours and awards, and battle honours awarded to RFA ships 1905-1950.