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Author Name:    CRESWELL, William). THOMPSON, Paul (ed.) THOMPSON, Paul (ed.)

Title:   Close to the Wind : The Early Memoirs (1866-1879) of Admiral Sir William Creswell, K.C.M.G., K.B.E. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Heinemann, London, 1965, 

Seller ID:   104574

(CRESWELL, William). THOMPSON, Paul (ed.). Close to the Wind : The Early Memoirs (1866-1879) of Admiral Sir William Creswell, K.C.M.G., K.B.E. London : Heinemann, (1965). First Edition. (6),[vii]-ix,(1),1-210,(4),+ 8 pp plates. Map in text and on endpapers. Index. 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering tospine. "In 1866 when the author joined the Royal Navy at 13 1/2, sail was still preferred to steam. These lively memoirs of his first twelve years atsea by the man who was later the founder of the Royal Australian Navy reve al how close a midshipman's life then was to the days of Nelson. Masts, canvas, storms and personalities bounded his young days, and hard conditions were no deterrent to his enthusiasm. He sailed the world: Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Africa, America were all in his orbit. Later as a lieutenant on anti-piracy patrol in the vicinity of Zanzibar he had a plentiful share of action and excitement. At 26 he resigned from the Service for lack of private means and emigrated to Australia. Civilian life as a settler proved disappointing but after a few years there he was persuaded to rejoin the Navy. From then onwards he was the unwavering and increasingly respected advocate ot an independent Australian naval force; in 1905 he became its first Director. The Memoirs were begun after his retirement in 1919 and were finished in 1931, two years before his death. They were then consigned to the vaults of a bank and have only recently been brought to light. The editor, Mr Paul Thompson, has done a considerable service in making them available to the public." (from the dj). Contents : Preface. 1. Early Entry. 2. Admiral Pincher. 3. The Phoeb. 4. North Atlantic; . 5. To Bermuda and Port Royal. 6. Spanish Main. 7. Antics, Animals, and Accounts. 8. Ocean Sailing. 9. Australia and New Zealand. 10. Pacific Pleasures. 11. Junk Chasing with the Midge. 12. Man Overboard. 13. Hunting the Slave Traders. 14. More Prizes. 15. Rough Justice. 16. Australian Epilogue. Glossary. A few references to Halifax, Nova Scotia on pages 38-39 and 72. Very good in unclipped spine-browneddustjacket. 35.00


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