1st.ed., 1887. 320 + 16 (advt.) pp. Frontis of flags (cold. & fldg.) + 50 woodcuts. Brown cloth decorated (cold. & gilt). 19 x 13cm. Binding pulled ; repair to folds of frontis ; ffep loose o/w GOOD. The author wished to provide a book for his boys, relating to ships, sailors and the sea but was unable to find one in the bookshops of the 1880s and so decided to write one himself. He covers a wealth of subjects including all types of sailing vessels both coastal and deep-sea ; different parts of the ships and their rigging ; total loss of the LA PLATA ; the Glorious First of June 1794 ; burning of the ship-of-the-line QUEEN CHARLOTTE ; lighthouses ; lightships ; flags ; Polar exploration ; Nelson at the Nile ; Napoleonic War anecdotes ; navigation ; the compass ; shipwrecks ‘ Trafalgar and Nelson’s death ; famous men-o’-war ; anecdotes of Nelson, Howe, St. Vincent, Napier & Codrington ; naval stations ; weather at sea ; naval battles ; Lloyd’s ; watches and crew ; whalers ; steam ships and engines ; loss of life at sea ; life-boats ; wreck of the BIRKENHEAD ; French maritime affairs ; going to sea in 1887 ; etc. Illustrated with a coloured chart of flags and 50 woodcuts and bound in an attractive Victorian pictorial binding.