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Author Name:    SHAW, Frank H., Captain

Title:   Flag of the Seven Seas : The Story of the British Merchant Navy. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Cleaver-Hume, London, 1953, 

Seller ID:   54180

SHAW, Frank H., Captain. Flag of the Seven Seas : The Story of the British Merchant Navy. London : Cleaver-Hume Press, (1953). First Edition. Pp. (6),7-219,(5), + 16 p. of plates. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. This volume traces the two-thousand year history of the British merchant navy,from the days of the Saxon long-ships through to the end of the two world wars. "The opening chapters describe how the Ancient Britons, in contact witn the Phoenicians are attracted to distant Ireland, France and Spain. Saxon longships, armed to the teeth, carry homespun cloth and barabaric ornaments, often losing themselves in bleak ocean wastes. The Plantagenet Navy evolves into the ships of the first Elizabethan era; finally, sail gives way to steam, and the tramp steamers and the mighty liners of to-day beat coastwise and across the seven seas, becoming Britain's lifeline throughout two World wars. This long and dramatic narrative of a vital aspect of British Naval history, discloses the story one of mankind's great achievements the conquest of the sea." (from the dj). Contents : Introduction. 1. The Beginning of Things. 2. The Years of Progress. 3. Record Breakers of the Past. 4.The Tea Clippers. 5. Fighting Merchantmen. 6. The Armed Merchant Cruisers. 7. The Jervis Bay. 8. The Price of Progress. 9. The Sinking of the Lusitan ia. 10. In Convoy. 11. The Bitter Murmansk Route. 12. The Rough and Ready Tramp. 13. Atlantic Ferry. 14. Coastwise. 15. The Fishing Ships. 16. Flags of the Southern Cross. 17. Eastern Seascape. 18. Sea-traininh Ships. 19. Epilogue. Some minor edgewear, name, spinn sunned else very good in chipped dustjacket. 25.00


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