Title: Arctic Command : The Story of Smellie of the Nascopie. First Edition
Publisher:  1955, 1955
Seller ID: 65148
WILD, Roland. Arctic Command : The Story of Smellie of the Nascopie. Toronto : The Ryerson Press, (1955). First Printing. Pp (4),v-xxii,(2),1-194,(6) + portrait frontispiece + 12 pages of b&w photos. With a map in the text. 8vo [135 x 205 mm], blue cloth, green lettering to spine.
Arctic Bibliography 43315, O'Dea 3149, Watters p.595, Rhodenizer p.58.
Roland Gibson Wild (b. 1903, Manchester, England).
Captain Thomas Farrar Smellie, OBE (b. May 14, 1880, Hull, Yorkshire - d. April 14, 1963, Vancouver).
Foreword by Sir Patrick Ashley Cooper, Former Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company.
Introduction by Dennis Jordan, M.D.
R.M.S.Nascopie, a 2,500-ton, 285½-foot-long steamer-icebreaker, designed and built by Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson in England at Wallsend on Tyne in 1911.
"Few men now living can look back on a career so filled with the thrills of adventure on the high seas as Captain Smellie, the Yorkshireman who rounded the Horn in sailing ships at the turn of the century and later commanded the famous ice-breaker Nascopie of the Hudson's Bay Company. His story, as related by Roland Wild, takes the reader aboard the picturesque windjammers on which he served as a boy and young man, and into the Arctic where for three years at a time he never saw land that was not covered with snow.
Captain Smellie, a man of great personal courage and a warm sense of humour, probably knows as mucii as any man alive about navigation in and around Hudson Bay. This exciting narrative, enlivened by salty anecdotes and vivid impressions of men and ships matched against the elements, has the tang of sea air, and reflects the personality of a man whose zest for dangerous living made him one of the great sea captains of his time." - (from the dj, NOTE: The jacket is not presnt with this copy).
Foreword by Sir Patrick Ashley Cooper.
Introduction by Dennis Jordan.
1. Background to a Sailor.
2. A Boy Goes to Sea.
3. "The Blackbirders".
4. Troopship for the Czar.
5. Medicine and Maggots.
6. War in the White Sea.
7. Master of the "Nascopie".
8. "The Arctic Parish".
9. Ghost Ship.
10. Sailor on the Prairies.
11. "I Hated Growlers".
12. Men of the Arctic.
13. Pioneer of the North West Passage.
14. When the Nascopie Failed.
15- "All Things to All Men".
16. "Does a Ship Have a Soul?"
Name expunged with black marker on the flyleaf, else very good. 28.00