Leicester, 1st.ed., 2004. Xi + 444 pp., many photo-ills & tables. Pict. c.c., 23 x 15cm. FINE. The Second World War claimed the lives of 30,248 British merchant seamen and this book is a tribute to all who served in the Merchant Navy and in their escorts during the conflict. A personal account, the author briefly traces his early life in Japan and Canada before beginning his training as a midshipman. He describes his 27 wartime ocean passages in nine British ships, and provides statistical records of the sinking of 1,836 merchant ships and the destruction of 350 U-boats with the loss of 13,444 of their crew. In addition to British ships, he covers Dutch, Greek, Norwegian, American, and non-belligerent losses.