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First 1966, published by Alvin Redman, London

A scanned image of "BRITANNIA at DARTMOUTH's" dust wrapper front.


Great Britain has reason to be very proud of those distinguished seamen who saved her from invasion on numerous occasions. In the last 50 years she has survived two world wars, thanks mainly to a Navy that produced men like Fisher, Jellicoe and Beatty, and later, Cunningham, Fraser and Mountbatten, and many more.

Nevertheless the Navy had its setbacks in the long period of peace that followed the Napoleonic wars. Emphasis was placed on holystoned decks and unquestioning obedience. Eccentricity flourished. Innovation was frowned upon. The Navy possessed a reputation for drunkenness which reached a pitch about 1870, and confidential reports had to testify as to sobriety.

Against such a background, the Press frequently called attention to the 'unhealthy gaol-like' atmosphere in the cadet training ship Britannia which had been lying in the beautiful River Dart for a third of a century, and reference was made to bullying, corruption, extortion, ceremonial flogging, and fierce discipline. Yet Britannia had already received in 1877 two Royal princes as cadets, one to be a future king (George V); and two more future kings (Edward VIII and George VI) were each to spend four years under naval training. Cadets admitted tough training, thought the food very good and the life happy, and were inordinately proud of "The Ship" and the service and ability to climb the rigging.

Jacky Fisher's big shake-up in transferred training ashore to the Britannia Royal Naval College, and the Selborne scheme was introduced though not without fierce opposition. The Navy was ready both in 1914 and 1939.

In his delightful book Captain Pack has captured the atmosphere of life in the Britannia and the spirit that has lived on. Admiral Mountbatten says: -The book is greatly enlivened by personal anecdotes from 'old boys' I hope that all whose heart is in the Navy will derive pleasure and inspiration from its splendid record of events and of those who served in Britannia.'

A flash photograph intended to show the general appearance and condition of "Britannia at Dartmouth"


A cream cloth bound book with gilt lettering and decoration to the spine and clean boards. Pages and the twenty-nine illustrations are pristine. No foxing and no inscriptions. Condition is VERY GOOD PLUS.
There are three appendices i) Six warships named 'Britannia'; ii) Names of Captains, Headmasters, and Directors of Studies; iii) Forteen pages of names from the War Memorials. Finally there are fourteen pages making up the comprehensive index.
The un-price clipped dust wrapper is a little rubbed/chipped around the top and bottom of the spine areas and corners and condition is VERY GOOD MINUS.

326 pages. 150 mm. x 220 mm. x 31 mm, Weight wrapped <700 grams.

Price £10.00 - plus postage - Weight wrapped <700 kilo

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