"King's Cutters" by Graham Smith: A scanned image showing the front of the dust wrapper!


The Revenue Service and the War against Smuggler


I.S.B.N. 0 85177 291 9
1st. Published 1983 by Conway Maritime Press Limited, London
A navy cloth bound book with gilt lettering and decoration to spine in at least NEAR FINE condition in an un-price clipped, no sunning, no inscriptions:
at least NEAR FINE condition dust wrapper
Book and wrapper "AS NEW !" - A particularly nice copy.
190 mm. x 245 mm. x 17 mm. 190 Pages

PRICE £15.00 plus postage Weight wrapped <800grams

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This flash photograph of "King's Cutters" by Graham Smith is intended to show the book's condition and appearance.


The Author:
Graham Smith is the official historian of HM Customs and Excise. He was born in Ebbw Vale and later joined the Customs and Excise Waterguard service in South Wales, before serving in Kent, Essex, Dorset, Scotland and London. He was appointed Librarian and Archivist of HM Customs and Excise in 1975. His first book, Something to Declare: 1000 Years of Customs and Excise, was published in 1980, and he is currently engaged in writing a history of the early Australian Customs.


For over 300 years HM Customs and Excise has maintained a fleet of vessels — the revenue cutters — to combat smuggling. The long-running war between the two sides has produced its own mythology of infamous characters but this first modern study of the Revenue Service proves that fact is every bit as enthralling as fiction. Graham Smith, the official historian of HM Customs, has shown both the tragic and the comic aspects of the Revenue Service's struggle against not only the lawbreakers but also politicians, the Navy and the public. As the type of contraband has changed — from tea in the eighteenth century to drugs in the twentieth — so too the vessels themselves have evolved and, for the first time, King's Cutters charts their development from the small wooden boats of the early days, to the fast, modern well-equipped craft of today.