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SPEDDING, Charles T. Reminiscences of Transatlantic Travellers. By Charles T. Spedding (for many years Purser of the Aquitania). London: T. Fisher Unwin Ltd. (Ernest Benn Ltd.), Bouverie House, Fleet Street, (1926). Second Impression. Pp. [i]-vi,7-288, port. frontis., + 22 p. of black and white plates. Illustrated. 8vo, blue cloth with pressed lettering to front and gilt lettering to spine. A chronicle of the tumultuous period of the early twentieth century as in relates to transatlantic steamship travel. From the sinking of the Titanic, to the torpedoing of civilian vessels during the First World War -- not to mention the inherent weather dangers of the high seas --ocean-going steam travel during the early twentieth century may have been the most luxurious method of travel, but was also fraught with dangers. Andyet, "there seems to be, at some period of the life of every boy born in t he British Isles" a desire to follow through on this sort of "spiritual atavism", to go to sea at some point. The memoirs of Stedding run the gamut: from encounters with eminent persons during peacetime to encounters with theenemy during wartime, all amid the backdrop of the siren call of the sea. Contents: 1. All Around the World; 2. The Saxonia, and Dr. Dowie; 3. Marconi, Sir Thomas Lipton; 4. The Adriatic, Messina, the Archduke Ferdinand, andPresident Roosevelt; 5. Cruises in the Mediterranean, to Egypt, Greece, Ve nice and Trieste; 6. A Court Scene in Gibraltar, an Early Prohibition Order, and Adventures in the Atlantic; 7. The Sinking of the Titanic, and the Outbreak of the War; 8. The Navy's Part in East African Operations, Zanzibar and Mafai; 9. The Destruction of the Königsberg, the Land Campaign in East Africa, General Smuts and Memories of the Boer War; 10. Back to Base, a Convoy, a Moewe Incident and Home Again; 11. The Atlantic in War Time, and theSinking of the Laconia; 12. Laconia Rescue Work and the Entry of America I nto the War; 13. The Yanks are Coming; 14. Admiral Sims, Trooping Home, Lord Grey of Fallodon; 15. The Aquitania and Her Patrons: Lord Pirrie, Norrie Sellar, Mrs. Jimmy White, and Lord Northcliffe; 16. The Dempsey-Carpentier Fight; 17. Ambassadors of Empire and Other Well-known Voyagers; 18. Sir Ernest Shackleton; 19. Lord Beaverbrook, a Christmas Trip, and Nellie Revell; 20. The Disarmament Conference, Great Reception to Admiral Lord Beatty, Earl Balfour, and Lord Cecil; 21. The Visit of Papyrus to America; 22. Sir Harry Lauder and Many Other Folks Theatrical; 23. In the Movie World, and someAmerican Experiences; 24. Sidelights on Smuggling, Meeting with Millionair es: Guggenheim, Harry Marsh, Carnegie, Lady Astor, William Randolph Hearst;25. The American Bar Association, An International Police Convention, and Card-Sharpers on Board Liners; 26. Done and Undone. Rear inner hinge cracked, some light wear to outer hinges, spotting to fore-edge, else vg. 60.00
Title: Reminiscences of Transatlantic Travellers. 2nd imp.
Publisher: T. Fisher Unwin Ltd, London, 1926,:
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