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1 SCLATER, William ALEXANDER, A.V., Introd MacDONALD, Grant Haida. First Edition in dustjacket
Oxford University Press, Toronto , 1946, 
SCLATER, William. Haida. By Lieut.-Cdr., S.B., R.C.N. (R.), Ret'd. With an Introduction by Rt.Hon. A.V. Alexander, C.H., M.P., First Lord of the Admiralty and twenty-four drawings in colour by Grant Macdonald, Lieut. R.C.N.V.R. Toronto : Oxford University Press, n.d., [1946]. First Edition. Pp. (10),xi-xvi,(2),3-221,(3) + 24 leaves of plates. 8vo, blue cloth with gilt lettering to front and spine. Law 1521, Watters p.895, Rhodenizer p.696. William Sclater (b. 1906/7, Rhu, Scotland - d. 1980). See David Howarth, The Shetland Bus, (first appearing in chapter 5), for his participation in that famous operation, where he used the nom de guerre Captain A.W. Rogers. The story of this famed Tribal Class destroyer. "'You know, Sir,' confided the Leading Hand, 'this is a strange ship. I've served in corvettes, escort destroyers an' cruisers but I've never seen a ship like this before.' There was anote of pride in his voice. In the P.O.'s mess, after the commissioning, a Petty Officer drew from his pocket a pair of dice and threw them on the ta ble. They rolled and stopped with a four and a three up. 'There you are,' he announced. 'She'll be a natura.'. Haida was to fulfill the prophecy. A Tribal Class destroyer, named after the fierce Haida Indians of Canada's WestCoast, she was built for one task only: to seek out and destroy the enemy. This book is the record of how she performed her task. It is the story of her life and works from her commissioning in England in 1943 till her return to Halifax for a long refit, late in 1944. Manned by a ship's company drawn from the stores and factories, the offices and farms, and from all the nine provinces of Canada, she was hardened for her task in the dirty, dangerous work of the Murmansk convoy. Later, with her sister Tribals of the 10thDestroyer Force, Huron, Iroquois and Athabaskan of the Royal Canadian Navy , Tartar and Ashanti, of the Royal Navy, she swept the English Channel night after night, seeking the enemy in his own waters, destroying him where she met him, and writing, with her guns, a page of Canada's history which shall not soon be forgotten. There is action, courage and drama in these pages. No reader can fail to be stirred by the account of the hunting and slaying of Scharnhorst. Canadians will read with pride the story of the sinking of Athabaskan and the high courage which accompanied and followed it. The pride of Canadians in Haida, representative of the fighting Tribals, is a personal one: for in the composition of her ship's company, in the team into which these elements grew, in the character and brain, in the the fighting heart that she gained from them, Haida is Canada." - from rear dj panel. Very good in rubbed dustjacket (with a three-inch tear to front panel). 65.00

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2 SCLATER, William ALEXANDER, A.V., Introd MacDONALD, Grant Haida. First Edition in dustjacket, Signed
Oxford University Press, Toronto , 1946, 
SCLATER, William. Haida. By Lieut.-Cdr., S.B., R.C.N. (R.), Ret'd. With an Introduction by Rt.Hon. A.V. Alexander, C.H., M.P., First Lord of the Admiralty and twenty-four drawings in colour by Grant Macdonald, Lieut. R.C.N.V.R. Toronto : Oxford University Press, n.d., [1946]. First Edition. Pp. (10),xi-xvi,(2),3-221,(3) + 24 leaves of plates. 8vo, blue cloth with gilt lettering to front and spine. Law 1521, Watters p.895, Rhodenizer p.696. William Sclater (b. 1906/7, Rhu, Scotland - d. 1980). See David Howarth, The Shetland Bus, (first appearing in chapter 5), for his participation in that famous operation, where he used the nom de guerre Captain A.W. Rogers. The story of this famed Tribal Class destroyer. "'You know, Sir,' confided the Leading Hand, 'this is a strange ship. I've served in corvettes, escort destroyers an' cruisers but I've never seen a ship like this before.' There was anote of pride in his voice. In the P.O.'s mess, after the commissioning, a Petty Officer drew from his pocket a pair of dice and threw them on the ta ble. They rolled and stopped with a four and a three up. 'There you are,' he announced. 'She'll be a natura.'. Haida was to fulfill the prophecy. A Tribal Class destroyer, named after the fierce Haida Indians of Canada's WestCoast, she was built for one task only: to seek out and destroy the enemy. This book is the record of how she performed her task. It is the story of her life and works from her commissioning in England in 1943 till her return to Halifax for a long refit, late in 1944. Manned by a ship's company drawn from the stores and factories, the offices and farms, and from all the nine provinces of Canada, she was hardened for her task in the dirty, dangerous work of the Murmansk convoy. Later, with her sister Tribals of the 10thDestroyer Force, Huron, Iroquois and Athabaskan of the Royal Canadian Navy , Tartar and Ashanti, of the Royal Navy, she swept the English Channel night after night, seeking the enemy in his own waters, destroying him where she met him, and writing, with her guns, a page of Canada's history which shall not soon be forgotten. There is action, courage and drama in these pages. No reader can fail to be stirred by the account of the hunting and slaying of Scharnhorst. Canadians will read with pride the story of the sinking of Athabaskan and the high courage which accompanied and followed it. The pride of Canadians in Haida, representative of the fighting Tribals, is a personal one: for in the composition of her ship's company, in the team into which these elements grew, in the character and brain, in the the fighting heart that she gained from them, Haida is Canada." - from rear dj panel. Very good in spne-darkened dustjacket (with two-inches missing from bottom of dj spine, a three-inch tear to rear panel). Ex libris John T. Holland, May 1947 before his bookselling days. Signed, without inscription, by Sclater. 150.00

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3 SCLATER, William. ALEXANDER, A.V., Introd. MacDONALD, Grant. Haida. First Edition, without dustjacket.
Oxford University Press, Toronto, 1946, 
SCLATER, William. Haida. By Lieut.-Cdr., S.B., R.C.N. (R.), Ret'd. With an Introduction by Rt.Hon. A.V. Alexander, C.H., M.P., First Lord of the Admiralty and twenty-four drawings in colour by Grant Macdonald, Lieut. R.C.N.V.R. Toronto : Oxford University Press, n.d., [1946]. First Edition. Pp. (10),xi-xvi,(2),3-221,(3) + 24 leaves of plates. 8vo, blue cloth with gilt lettering to front and spine. Law 1521, Watters p.895, Rhodenizer p.696. William Sclater (b. 1906/7, Rhu, Scotland - d. 1980). See David Howarth, The Shetland Bus, (first appearing in chapter 5), for his participation in that famous operation, where he used the nom de guerre Captain A.W. Rogers. The story of this famed Tribal Class destroyer. "'You know, Sir,' confided the Leading Hand, 'this is a strange ship. I've served in corvettes, escort destroyers an' cruisers but I've never seen a ship like this before.' There was anote of pride in his voice. In the P.O.'s mess, after the commissioning, a Petty Officer drew from his pocket a pair of dice and threw them on the ta ble. They rolled and stopped with a four and a three up. 'There you are,' he announced. 'She'll be a natura.'. Haida was to fulfill the prophecy. A Tribal Class destroyer, named after the fierce Haida Indians of Canada's WestCoast, she was built for one task only: to seek out and destroy the enemy. This book is the record of how she performed her task. It is the story of her life and works from her commissioning in England in 1943 till her return to Halifax for a long refit, late in 1944. Manned by a ship's company drawn from the stores and factories, the offices and farms, and from all the nine provinces of Canada, she was hardened for her task in the dirty, dangerous work of the Murmansk convoy. Later, with her sister Tribals of the 10thDestroyer Force, Huron, Iroquois and Athabaskan of the Royal Canadian Navy , Tartar and Ashanti, of the Royal Navy, she swept the English Channel night after night, seeking the enemy in his own waters, destroying him where she met him, and writing, with her guns, a page of Canada's history which shall not soon be forgotten. There is action, courage and drama in these pages. No reader can fail to be stirred by the account of the hunting and slaying of Scharnhorst. Canadians will read with pride the story of the sinking of Athabaskan and the high courage which accompanied and followed it. The pride of Canadians in Haida, representative of the fighting Tribals, is a personal one: for in the composition of her ship's company, in the team into which these elements grew, in the character and brain, in the the fighting heart that she gained from them, Haida is Canada." - from rear dj panel [dj not with this copy]. Some light wear to spine ends and extremities, sparse spotting to top edge, else very good. 30.00

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