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1901 Edwardian Royal Navy'How Sailors Fight'-John Blake
An interesting work with many photographs, many by Cribb and West, illustrations – many by Norman Wilkinson, and interesting contemporary contents John Blake’s HOW SAILORS FIGHT brings the Edwardian Royal Navy to life! Click on this thumbnail to see larger images of book's front board and spine.

HOW SAILORS FIGHT
an account of the organisation of the behaviour of modern fighting ships in action with some tactical illustrations of the behaviour of modern fighting ships in action.
by

John Blake

With 68 Illustrations

First published 1901 by
Grant Richards, London

£25.00 + P & P

A decorated cloth covered book (Norman Wilkinson), spine a little faded, bumped but not torn, top and bottom. First very few pages front and back foxed but page block is generally very clean and bright. Pages side and bottom rough cut. Binding just a little loose but an interesting book for its time - condition probably VERY GOOD MINUS

Review of this book in New York Times 1901

HOW SAILORS FIGHT: An account of the organisation of the British Fleet in peace and war with some tactical illustrations of the behaviour of modern fighting ships in action
1901 1st. Grant Richards, London

An interesting work, from its decorative cover ( signed N. Wilkinson ?) to its sixty-eight illustrations, and interesting contemporary contents.
The illustrations consist mainly of photographs, many by Cribb and West. One by Cribb shows the Tourist Information Centre outside the Portsmouth Dockyard main gate as a naval recruiting centre.
Page 158/9 states that there is never any problem manning the torpedo craft as they are the only warships to have their rum ration neat as opposed to one part rum to three parts water!
There are chapters describing fictional engagements between battleships, cruisers, etc. of the Royal Navy and French and Russian navies.
The author sees a great future for Marconi's new invention, the author had discussions with the inventor, and mentions future developments i.e. ".... could not be intercepted by an enemy and removes the only material objection to the use of wireless telegraphy in war."
Chapter VIII has a trio of torpedo boats attacking an anchored Russia battleship. Because of sparks from one of the attackers smokestack they are spotted and before she could get within torpedo range she was lit up by the battleship's 40000 candle power searchlight - "The night was so still that on the destroyers they could even hear the hissing of the carbons of the searchlight." The author notes that once the searchlights were in use the attackers had a definite aiming point!
The next chapter, 'The submarine boat', voices a concern that the possession of large numbers of submarines by the French will make the blockading of their ports more difficult. There is a photograph of the American HOLLAND and a footnote explains that the 1901-1902 naval estimates include provision for five 'Holland' submarines for evaluation.
The pay and conditions of the officers and men are spelt out and there are details of the Navy's part in the Boer War and the Boxer uprising , the Spanish-American war, the Chino-Japanese war etc.

An attractive general work covering the achievments, organisation and operation of the Edwardian navy at the time of the Relief of Peking and Ladysmith. Illustrated throughout with photographs, many by Cribb of Southsea. The image below is one of his taken from a warship moored at the south end of South Railway Jetty, Portmouth Naval Base.

This illustration is entitled " The Command of the Sea ". HOW SAILORS FIGHT by John Blake. A 1901 account of the organisation of the behaviour of modern fighting ships in action with some tactical illustrations of the behaviour of modern fighting ships in action.

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