Willis, Paymaster Captain G. H. A.


1st.ed., 1924. Ix + 345 pp., port. frontis, + 3 other photo-plates. Blue cloth ; black lettering. 22 x 14cm. V.G. The author draws on his years of experience in the Royal Navy and describes naval life as he saw it, that is to say, from the point of view of an ordinary officer living under conditions that had long passed away by 1924 when this book was published. Captain Willis spent more than 40 years in the Navy. He was born about ten miles from Enniskillen in 1863, and in 1880 came to England where he joined the three-decker HMS DUKE OF WELLINGTON, the receiving ship at Portsmouth. Ships, places and topics among his recollections include his memories of joining the Navy, naval life in the 1880s, HMS INVINCIBLE, Malta, Italy and Sicily, and the Adriatic ; war in Egypt and Alexandria in 1882-83, the Mediterranean in HMS ALEXANDRA 1883-86, Portsmouth days, 1886-91, HMS EDINBURGH and to sea once more. There are several digressions on medical officers and chaplains, signals, etc., and a description of life at the Portsmouth Naval College and Admiralty House with impressions of Portsmouth town as well as Hong Kong and Canton, 1892-93.

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