1st.ed., 1961. X + 230 pp., frontis + 23 other photo-plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Nr.FINE. The history of the fine square-riggers with their attractive painted ports, owned by Devitt & Moore in the heyday of sail. These ships where once a familiar sight in all the ports of the Australian trade from 1836 onwards ; vessels maintained to a high standard with a tradition for excellent seamanship – so much so their standards became adopted by Pangbourne Nautical College. The author recalls such beautiful vessels as LA HOGUE, CITY OF ADELAIDE (later HMS CARRICK, afloat on the Clyde almost a century later), SOBRAON (the largest composite ship ever built), RODNEY (she raced CUTTY SARK round Cape Horn) and many another crack ship in Devitt & Moore’s fleet. The author also describes tough masters like Captain Goddard, a strict disciplinarian ; and Captain Carvosso who quelled a mutiny below deck among 90 unmarried girls bound for Australia ! The book contains a fleet list and provides a record of one of the finest sailing ship fleets in the world.