Privately printed by the Marine Society & Sea Cadets., 1st.ed., 2006. 122 pp., many photo & other ills. (many cold.). Pict. laminated boards, 27 x 20cm. FINE. A history of the Marine Society founded in London in 1756 with the eccentric Jonas Hanway playing a pivotal role. The Seven Years' War had just begun, and the founders were concerned about the war's interrupting influence on the nation's vital trade. Discussing what could be done to ensure an English victory and to bring the conflict to a swift close, the founding members came up with the practical notion that men should be encouraged to volunteer for sea service, and that boys rescued from the streets of London should be sent to sea in the King's ships to fight the powerful enemies then facing the country. The author traces the story of the Marine Society and in this beautifully illustrated book he includes such chapters as : Vagabond Boys. Training Ship BEATTY. The Society and Nelson. Training Ships THORN and SOLEBAY. Training ships VENUS and IPHIGENIA. Training Ship WARSPITE. The seaman's lot improves. The voyages of the PORT JACKSON. World War I. WARSPITE III. Greater respect for seafarers. World War II. Etc., etc. FINE copy.