Book: No Ordinary Seaman - James Lake

Discussion in 'History' started by Always_a_Civvy, Mar 20, 2007.

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  1. I have just acquired an interesting novel (based on fact) courtesy of eBay.

    I have only read some of it (I bought it because Ganges is mentioned in passing). One of the main characters in it turns out to be a current member of RR: an AB "Nutty" Gardiner. :grin: So that old avatar seems to be accurate after all! :roll:

    From what I have read so far it is a very readable and accessible book, to both matelots and civvies alike. In the first few pages it describes the confusion of the new Boy Seaman, Lamb, onboard his second ship at all the bugle calls piped and taking time to learn what they mean and how to respond to them, relying on the notice board to tell him what to do until he shook down to the ship's routine. In one small section a character called Parker gets drunk after a tot too many and tries the excuse with the Joss, that it's his birthday... except that the Joss remembers that seven months earlier he also had another birthday. Very amusing.

    by James Lake

    First published 1957, Second Impression 1957.
    Published by Arthur Barker, London.
    Hardback, 224 pages.

    Here is what the blurb says on the from cover:

  2. Sounds interesting AAC must try and get hold of a copy.

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