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by Vice-Admiral Gordon Campbell

Author of 'My Mystery Ships'

First published 1938 by Hodder and Stoughton Limited at St. Paul's House in the City of London

A shiny blue cloth bound book with navy lettering to the spine and front board. Corners sharp and unbumped. Spine ends a little worn and bumped but not torn. Page block edges just showing a very light browning but pages and all illustrations, including fold-out charts immaculate. In at least VERY GOOD PLUS condition .
Dust wrapper not price clipped, a little chipped with a few small blind tears; spine area taped along top and bottom edges. Condition VERY GOOD MINUS.
Page block showing very little of the browning normally seen on these books.
318 pages - 150 mm. x 220 mm. 40 mm.
Weight adequately wrapped = <0.8 kilo Price £15.00 plus postage

About this book

ABANDON SHIP by Gordon Campbell: This photograph shows the general appearance of the dust wrapper. The flash emphasises the tape at the top and bottom of the spine area; although a little worn has kept the book in excellent condition.

  H.M.S. Alceste, under Captain Maxwell, left England in 1815 with Lord Amherst, who was going as Special Trade Ambassador to the Emperor of China. The whole adventurous story of the wreck of the Alceste is true in every detail, for there are ample contemporary documents and journals of survivors to piece together this sea epic. So it is with the story of the East Indiaman, Antelope, and other heroic stories of the British seamen in adversity which Admiral Campbell has chosen to illustrate his inspiring theme.

  In Admiral Campbell’s Introduction he recounts a personal experience. In 1903 whilst serving as a midshipman in HMS Flora she ran onto rocks off Denman Island, Vancouver, in poor visibility. The Engineer Officer bravely sealed off the engine room as the ship flooded and settled which greatly assisted the eventual salvage. Divers plugged the open scuttles and hatches with wood shaped from trees from the island by the crew. The flooded compartments were pumped out one by one using the engine room power until she floated.

Wrecks examined in some detail are:

ABANDON SHIP by Gordon Campbell: Photograph shows the clean blue boards and the dark blue lettering to good effect. An attractive copy!

East Indiaman Antelope
H.M.S. Alceste
H.M.S. Prosperine
H.M.S. St. George and Defence
H.M.S. Litchfield


List of Illustrations:

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