HARBOURS OF THE SOLENT
John Scott Hughes is in home waters, when he writes of Harbours of the Solent.
In his account of these, he combines the sailing directions that are indispensible to the yachtsman with a racy description of the lore of the creeks, inlets and rivers that debouch into the Solent and that are now the home of many thousand small boats, belonging to those who indulge in sailing—the most popular of all our relaxations.
From the Western Approach and the Needles—the original ' Needle ' fell in 1764, so he tells us—to Spithead, in connection with which he relates the loss of the Royal George, 'the pride of the Navy ', on April 29th, 1782, and beyond that to the channels of Chichester Harbour, there is little that is unfamiliar to our author on either land or sea.
Tennyson composing Crossing the Bar on the Lymington—Yarmouth crossing, Henry V leaving Southampton for Agincourt, Queen Victoria visiting her soldiers at Netley Hospital, Nelson on his final farewell to Portsmouth before Trafalgar mingle with stories of yachting, yacht-builders and yachtsmen to make this a uniquely attractive book for all those whose love of the sea brings them to the Solent.
There are fifteen photogravure illustrations and the jacket is designed by Frederick Cook.