Lt. Cdr. K. V. Burns D.S.M., R.N.

A reen cloth bound book with gilt lettering to spine in VERY GOOD PLUS condition in VERY GOOD unclipped dust jacket Just a little shelf wear to top of spine area mars it.

208 pages 215 mm. x 303 mm. x 20 mm.
£7.50 plus P & P
First published 1986 by Maritime Books, Liseard, Cornwall
ISBN 0 907771 26 2
Weight unwrapped 1.140 Kilo.

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Since 1957, when a book was last published on the badges of HM Ships (frequently known as crests), there has been a constant demand for another book on the subject. At last it is here. The author has gone to great lengths to check the smallest detail and all the badges have been checked against the master records held in HM Naval Base Devonport. The colours are reproduced as accurately as the printing process will allow. Many 'unofficial'
badges have existed over the years and are deliberately not included here.
Whilst we realise that our readers would want a book of all the badges ever issued to HM Ships we regret that, with some 2,000 being held on record, such a proposition was totally impractical.

The badges listed within this book are for those HM Ships in commission, or being built, in 1986.


Lt. Cdr. K.V. Burns, DSM, RN.
Born in Plymouth, he entered Devonport Dockyard as a Naval Shipwright Apprentice in 1935. He was promoted Warrant Shipwright Officer in 1948 and by January 1957 he was promoted Lieutenant Commander. After retiring from the Royal Navy in 1964, he became the Local & Naval History Librarian in Plymouth Central Library. Since retiring from the library in 1980 he has written three books, Devonport Built Warships since 1860: The Devonport Dockyard Stony and HMS Bulwark 1948-84.


Each ship covered in this book has its own page laid out in the two examples shown below.

Page from book showing the entry for HMS Dumbarton Castle
Page from book showing the entry for HMS Leeds Castle

All images on this page have been resized. The two images of the pages immediately above are shown without their margins and all the other images are composite images as the book is to large to scan in one piece.

Wrapper spine

Front of wrapper
Front cover photograph by courtesy of The National Maritime Museum

Book's spine
Wrapper spine
Front jacket cover
Book's spine

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