William Hodge, 1st.ed., 1938. (Viii) + 269 pp., 15 photo-plates. Cream cloth ; blue lettering 22 x 14.5cm. Small mark to front board, 1945 inscription to ffep, o/w V.G. Bookplate. The reminiscences of the author who first went to sea in 1888 aboard the four-masted barque BUCKINGHAM which he joined in the Herculaneum Dock, Liverpool, as an apprentice. The vessel was a steel barque, fresh off the stocks at Royden’s yard on the banks of the Mersey, a vessel believed to be the only sailing ship to be launched by Queen Victoria herself. The BUCKINGHAM was loading bulk salt and was bound on her maiden voyage for Calcutta. Captain Dexter describes his first sea voyage and his subsequent career under sail, including his time in the MUSCOOTA, STAR OF SHETLAND, etc. Contains a number of interesting photographs.