Portsmouth, 4th.ed., 1902. Lxiv + 539 pp., 3 plates of flags (cold.) + numerous drawings & diagrams. Blue cloth ; gilt ; gilt 'anchor' & 'tackle' to binding. 19 x 13cm. A bright copy ; V.G. Bookplate of John Hugill, Q.C. [ Manchester barrister born August 1930, died September 2012. Second Lieutenant R.A. (1948-9) ; Captain (T) 1954 ; Barrister Middle Temple 1954 ; Q.C. 1976 ]. First published in 1859, with a second edition in 1871 and a third in 1893, this book on seamanship was popular with both the Royal Navy and the Merchant Service during much of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The book is divided into three main sections : Fitting Out, At Sea, and On General Service. Illustrated with three coloured plates and numerous drawings and diagrams, subjects covered include rigging, knots and splicing, marking wrecks, preparing for sea, engaging an enemy, shifting sails and spars, raising the screw, signals, anchor and boat work, coaling ship, hoisting in guns, and the destruction of booms. Other topics include capital punishment, funerals at sea, precautions against fire-rafts and torpedo-boats, instructions for Merchant Service officers, salvage work, and much more. Salvage includes examples of actual operations ' HMS SULTAN, SS UTOPIA, SS WICK BAY, SS SEA SPRAY, SS LOCKSLEY HALL, SS WOLF & HMS HOWE.