You gotta read this

#3
I too have a copy, and no, ancient as I am, I did not pick it up first hand or have it issued. It was in the effects of a deceased resident in the psychiatric hospital in which I used to work, and one of the porters, knowing my interest in things Naval, saved it for me.
Agree with both Blood and Dustyjack that it is well worth a read, particularly phrases like "submerged by the wave of foolish disarmament that struck this country some three or four years after the last war."
Pity some of our politicians haven't got a copy!

2BM
 

Seaweed

War Hero
Book Reviewer
#5
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Mallalieu is the real thing too,

Also, if you run across 'All the World's Fighting Fleets' by Cdr EC Talbot-Booth RD RNR (Sampson Low, late 30s - mine is the 6th edition ca.1943) - BUY IT. Bought mine when I was 8 as I knew I was going to join the Navy & thought I'd better bone up on it.
 

babystew

Lantern Swinger
#6
a book for the submariners herewith try " send down a dove " author unkown but should be able to google it.
oh lord above send down a dove with wings as sharp as razors to cut the throats of them there blokes who sell bad beer to sailors.
 
#7
babystew said:
a book for the submariners herewith try " send down a dove " author unkown but should be able to google it.
oh lord above send down a dove with wings as sharp as razors to cut the throats of them there blokes who sell bad beer to sailors.
As Babystew says Send Down a Dove is the best and only decent submarine fiction ever written. The "Das Boot" of books. Details.

SEND DOWN A DOVE. (ISBN: 0006143318)
Charles. Machardy

Book Description: Fontana, 1973. Bookseller Inventory # M-00963

Sailor's Prayer
by Tom Lewis

This dirty town has been my home since last time I was sailing
But I'll not stay another day, I'd sooner be out whaling

Oh Lord above, send down a dove,
With beak as sharp as razors
To cut the throat of them there blokes
Who sells bad beer to sailors

Paid off me score and them ashore, me money soon was flying
With Judy Lee upon my knee in my ear a lying

With my newfound friends, my money spent just as fast as winking
But when I make to clean the slate, the landlord says, "Keep Drinking"

With me money gone and clothes in pawn and Judy set for leaving
Six months of pay gone in three days, but Judy isn't grieving
When the crimp comes round, I'll take his pound
and his hand I'll be shaking
Tomorrow morn sail for the Horn just as dawn is breaking

So for one last trip from port I'll ship but next time back I'm swearing
I'll settle down in my hometown and go no more seafaring
 

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