Aft-From the Hawsehole

Aft From the Hawsehole This is than just another naval memoir from an officer with long service in the Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Henry Capper was unusual although by no means unique as he had begun his years in the

  • Title: Aft-From the Hawsehole
  • Author: Henry D. Capper
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 213
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This is than just another naval memoir from an officer with long service in the Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Henry Capper was unusual although by no means unique as he had begun his 57 years in the Navy as an ordinary seaman on the Lower Deck As a child in the 1860s he had witnessed the outrageous behaviour of sailors suddenly released from the confines of thThis is than just another naval memoir from an officer with long service in the Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Henry Capper was unusual although by no means unique as he had begun his 57 years in the Navy as an ordinary seaman on the Lower Deck As a child in the 1860s he had witnessed the outrageous behaviour of sailors suddenly released from the confines of their ships after long commissions overseas, with pockets full of money, and landsharks of both sexes only too ready to relieve them of their hard earned wages The author was born at Portsmouth in 1855 and his father worked in the dockyard there In 1865 he began a four year period of work in the dockyard before entering as a boy in the old wooden wall HMS ST VINCENT, training ship From that date in 1869 to 1926, the author describes the tremendous changes he has witnessed during service afloat all over the world the life, conditions, food, pay and general welfare of the Lower Deck from the Victorian era onwards Illustrated with interesting photographs and other plates.

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    1. A fascinating view of Capper’s career and naval life over sixty-two years service in the Royal Navy. It includes a laudatory preface by Earl Jellicoe of Scapa who commanded the Royal Naval forces at the Battle of Jutland.

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