Maverick Navy. First Edition in dustjacket

By: MOFFAT, Alexander W.

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MOFFAT, Alexander W., Captain, USNR (Ret.) Maverick Navy. Middletown, CT : Wesleyan University Press, (1976). First Edition. Pp (10),9-157,(1), including portrait frontispiece. Illustrations in the text. Index. 8vo, blue hardcovers, silver lettering to spine. "A narrative memoir of the little known and largely forgotten anti-submarine warfare in World War I - a moving story of ingenuity, resourcefulness, and adventure at sea." - from front of dj."Maverick Navy is an engaging accccount of a U. S. Naval Reserve officer's adventures while in command of a subchaser in World War I. With the patrio tic but naive innocence which so characterized the period, and "with experience only in small sailing yachts in coastwise cruising," Alexander W. Moffat was quickly catapulted, in 1917, into the real Navy — the real and earnest, blue water fighting Navy. His command was a subchaser — a small, almostexperimental vessel, newly devised to meet a new menace. She was U. S. Sub chaser No. 143, 110' long, and only 15' 5" in beam, drawing less than six feet. First crossing the Atlantic in the winter of 1917-18, having to followother ships in the convoy to which she was assigned because no one aboard had any knowledge of navigation, S. C. No. 143 ultimately served, in a squadron operating out of Plymouth, England, to keep the sea lanes off southernBritain free of enemy intrusion. In a series of anecdotes, sometimes comic and often moving, Moffat describes the activities of this Maverick unit up to the Armistice — and his own frustrating attempts to get home again — ho me to his Sally, home to the civilian life of which the Navy would always be a part. This, then, is the story of a nonprofessional, pragmatic sailor —a born story-teller — serving within the system but with all the resourcef ulness and ingenuity and leadership that typify the best of the American character when called upon to don the nation's uniform." (from the front flap). Contents : Preface. 1. Tamarack, S.P. 561, New York. 2. Backgound. 3. Subchaser No. 77, New York — New London. 4. Subchaser No. 143, New York — Overseas. 5. Bermuda Passage. 6. Bermuda to Brest, via the Azores. 7. Brest toEngland — Headquarters London. 8. English Channel — Weymouth — Enemy Actio n. 9. Subchaser Base 27 — Plymouth — Patrols — Armistice. 10. Plymouth to Brest — Pilot Duty. 11. Home. Postscripts. Appendix. Very good in lightly rubbed, unclipped dustjacket. 25.00

Title: Maverick Navy. First Edition in dustjacket

Author Name: MOFFAT, Alexander W.

Categories: 80,

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press, Middletown, CT, 1977, ISBN:0819550000:

Seller ID: 101030

Keywords: NAUTICAL NAVAL UNITED STATES WW2 AMERICAN NAVY USN U-BOATS MASSACHUSSETS SUBMARINES,