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McGOWAN, Gordon, Capt. The Skipper & the Eagle. Foreword by Captain Alan Villiers. New York : Van Nostrand (1960). Pp. (4),v-ix,(1),1-214). Illustrated. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Myron Smith, The United StatesNavy and Coast Guard, 1946-1983 : A Bibliography 7970; USCG,. United State s Coast Guard Annotated Bibliography (1982) p.36. Dustjacket adds this subtitle: How a Coast Guard officer made a German prize of war into a United States ship at the end of World War II, and sailed it home through trade winds and a hurricane. How the barque Horst Wessel became the USCGS Eagle. "Commander Gordon McGowan, cast in the role of master of a three-masted bark byorder of the U.S. Coast Guard, found himself short on square-rigged sailin g knowledge and long on re-fitting problems when faced with transforming a battered German prize of war, the Horst Wesel, into a well-found Coast Guard training ship, the Eagle. The period was the end of the second World War;the place was bomb-shattered Bremerhaven. The waterfront, where nautical s upplies might be expected, was a mass of rubble, and devoid of supplies. However, McGowan's versatile supply officer finally discovered large stores of need material in caves, back in the mountains where parts of submarines had been made. In The Skipper and the Eagle, you'll meet 'Doc,' a dentist with a burning ambition to remove an appendix at sea; 'Ducky,' an internationally known ocean racing yachtsman, now a naval officer dividing up ships ofthe German navy among the Allies.. There's a decidedly practical, if unort hodox, British Naval officer who assigns German seamen to Commander McGowanin his search for men to augment his short-handed and inexperienced gradua tes from boot camp. [...] hearty fare for all with a love for the sea, ships, and the men who sail in them." - from the dj flap. Very good in very good, lightly spine-sunned, unclipped dustjacket. 35.00
Title: Skipper & the Eagle. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: Van Nostrand, New York, 1977, ISBN:0442252668:
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