Title: Conway : From Her Foundation to the Present Day. First American Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Macmillan Company, New York , 1933,
Seller ID: 109770
MASEFIELD, John. The Conway : From Her Foundation to the Present Day. New York : The Macmillan Company, 1933. First American Edition. Pp (12),3-235,(3) + frontispiece + 31 plates. Illustrated. 8vo, blue cloth, gilt lettering to front and spine. Errington, John Masefield, The Great Auk of English Literature : A Bibliography A109 (b). "The Conway is the Mercantile Marine School Ship, stationed in the River Mersey, for the purpose of training English boys to become seamen.Established in 1859, this floating ing school has had an exciting career and seen many hundred boys through the first two years of life on a ship, without the rough introduction to the sea's ways whichcomes to the lad who goes to sea at thirteen, unschooled, and without any realization of what a sea life involves. Mr. Masefield's unique flair as a raconteur is evident in this book which has many humorous anecdotes of the fresh and eager lives of the boys, their rebellion against discipline, and the pranks they play on each other. A number of the stones are quoted directly from the diaries or letters of "old" Conway cadets who are now in the Royal Navy, or some other branch of His Majesty's service. One of the most interesting sections of the book is a comparison between a cadet's life on The Conway thirty years ago and today with respect to food, sick quarters, games, instruction, spare time, discipline, and the condition of the ship herself. Masefield's practical knowledge of seamanship, and his realization of what The Conway has meant to boys who have trained on board her for the last seventy years, as well as the fact that the material has never before been presented, make this a most valuable record of adventure and achievement in an unusual field." - from the dj. Contents: Part I.; Part II.; Part III.; Part IV. Thirty Years After; Some Conway Worthies; Chief Officers; Second Officers; Gunners; Masters-at-Arms; Matrons, 1877; Masters; Instructors;The Conwayy — Worcester ; Race Glossary of Conway Slang Royal Naval Cadets hips Direct Entry from the Conway into the RoyalNavy; Cadets who have passed into the Royal Navy direct from the Conway; Old Boys who have entered theRoyal Navy otherwise than by direct entry from the Conway; Old Boys who ha ve entered the Royal Indian Marine; Old Boys who have entered the Bengal Pilot Service; Honours List, 1914-1919; Winners of the Royal Gold Medal; Acknowledgments; The Conway Gulls. Gift inscription from 1945, else very good in chipped dustjacket. 50.00