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NAVAL POETRY

THE PHONEY FLEET by Commander Justin Richardson, R.N.V.R.  was published just after the end of World War Two, many of these poems first appeared in PUNCH. They are entertaining ditties full of wartime naval lore illustrated with vignettes by Major J. S. Hicks, Royal Marines. These poems, although written in wartime superbly manage to convey a scathing yet affectionate tongue-in-cheek view of the Royal Navy's view of the war at sea. Click on this thumbnail to see larger images of book's front board, title page and spine.

Bright blue cloth bound book with white lettering and decoration to spine and front board. Corners and top and bottom of spine slightly rubbed. Pages although of immediate post-war quality are clean and bright and completely free of foxing except a few spots on edges. Condition VERY GOOD. Published by Frederick Muller Ltd, London 1946.
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THE JACK AND THE ENSIGN by Gordon Charles Read is the story of the common people who served the Jack and Ensign, 'Jack', 'Jenny' and 'Royal'. Their traditions, their fears, and their simple pleasures at sea and ashore. What they gave and still give for 'God, Monarch and Country'. Click on this thumbnail to see larger images of book's front board, title page and spine.

A shiny pictorial laminated hard bound book in at least VERY GOOD PLUS if not NEAR FINE condition.

Published privately, Bath, 1986.

£5.00 + Postage

THE PHONEY PHLEET

by Commander Justin Richardson, R.N.V.R

155 pages 130 mm. x 119 mm.

THE JACK AND THE ENSIGN

by Gordon Charles Read

96 pages 125 mm. x 192 mm.

The Phoney Phleet was published just after the end of World War Two, many of these poems first appeared in PUNCH. They are entertaining ditties full of wartime naval lore illustrated with vignettes by Major J. S. Hicks, Royal Marines.

In comparison to "The Jack and the Ensign", the poems in "The Phoney Fleet" are biased towards the Admiralty and officers, while it is mainly the men who feature in the afore mentioned.

 

 

Foreword from The Jack and the Ensign

Our Island's heritage. A history in verse, from Drake to the 1980s, together with the author's own observations during sixteen years in the Royal Navy, the eldest fighting service in existence.

Drake, Nelson, Beatty, Jellicoe and Mountbatten are all remembered; as are Victory, Dreadnought, Ajax, Sheffield, Ardent and Antelope. The events of Trafalgar, Jutland, Dunkirk, Normandy and Falklands also. Though more than Admirals, ships and events. It is the story of the common people who served the Jack and Ensign, 'Jack', 'Jenny' and 'Royal'. Their traditions, their fears, their simple pleasures. What they gave and still give for 'God, Monarch and Country'.

To them, the ballads 'Trafalgar Epitaph', 'Jenny' and 'Per Mare Per Terram', are dedicated.

Below a drawing by Major J. S. Hicks, Royal Marines. These attractive vignettes are present throughout the book

An illustration by Major J. S. Hicks, Royal Marines relating to the poem ‘H.M.S. Askew’ which after a successful action with a German Raider, resulting in a severe list to port, took so long to return home the crew could not retain their balance on shore.  These attractive vignettes are present throughout the book ‘THE PHONEY PHLEET’ a book of Royal Navy verse by Commander Justin Richardson, R.N.V.R.

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An illustration from "The Jack and the Ensign" from the author's 'Personal Glimpses' section a poem entitled Ganges Boy.

 

An illustration from " The Jack and the Ensign " a book of Royal Navy verse by Gordon Charles Read. This is from his 'Personal Glimpses' section, entitled ‘Ganges Boy’.

This image shows the title page of ‘THE PHONEY FLEET’ by Commander Justin Richardson, R.N.V.R.   This image shows the title page of ‘THE JACK AND THE ENSIGN’ a book of naval verse by Gordon Charles Read. Publishing details and ISBN have been superimposed at the bottom. Remove cursor to revert to image of the front board.
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