While these books have been written with a touch, or more, of messdeck wit, in keeping ‘Jacks’ sense of humour, they are also a recording of a way of life disappearing far too quickly into the grey sea mists of oblivion.
These books are part of a legacy, an archival collection of military social history. A history which records the actions and events, the philosophy and culture of the time.
Each book chronicles a certain aspect of recent Royal Naval history; as seen and told by the very men and women who served at the forefront of the British military vanguard, documenting it for future generations.
When your great-grandchildren ask after you, their parents can pull these books from the shelf, allowing them to read, to hear and to feel who you were.
It will bring our world to life in their minds.
This is why these books are legacy books.
HMS Tiger – Chronicles of the last big cat
This full colour, fully illustrated, perfect bound A4 hardcover book, tells the story of HMS Tiger C20, a command cruiser.
From her laying down in 1951 and her christening in October 1954 by Lady Stansgate, the wife of William Benn, the Secretary of State for Air, through to the ‘Tiger Talks’ between Harold Wilson, the Prime MinisterPrime and Ian Smith of Rhodesia.
The story continues. of conversion to a Helicopter Cruiser and recommissioning in 1972, onwards to the Queens SilverJubilee in 1977, and the ships final days, being ingloriously towed to a breakers yard in Spain.
For most ships, this would be their final chapter, but for HMS Tiger, the story continues to this day, somewhere ‘down under’ in Austrailia.
HMS Tiger -Chronicles of the last big cat is only available from the author’s printers HERE
The Pussers Cook Book
What more can be said about this book that has not already been voiced? Except to say the Pussers Cook Book is now available as a Kindle eBook along with the original paperback & hardcover versions.
The book starts with a glossary of terms and Jackspeak, clearly interpreted for the uninitiated.
Woven between the recipes are facts, tidbits, ditties and jokes about the food, the cooks and general life aboard ship.
The Pussers Cook Book is a must-have for anyone who ever served in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, Fleet Air Arm, or the Special Boat Service. This book makes a wonderful gift for those who do not, yet, have a copy.
Jacks Dits – Tall tales from the Mess
With hundreds of men, tons of military paraphernalia, complicated machinery, technological equipment, weaponry, stores and various other forms of kit, you could be assured that not every day was straightforward and undemanding. Equipment failed. People made mistakes. Accidents and mishaps occurred. Personalities and characters clashed.
Add to this mix the activities of matelots on a ‘run ashore’ in those far-flung, unsavoury and questionable seaports. Include beer, spirits, wine, women and song into the equation and the resulting concoction is a wonderful hothouse for the creation of imaginative narrative.
This book is not one which simply and only harks back in nostalgic fashion to the past, Jack’s Dits is an authentic validation, a historical record of royal naval social history; one told by the voices of those who served. It is a true and genuine recording of life during the Royal Navy’s heydays, the late 1950s through to the earlier part of the 1980s.
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The Andrew, Jack & Jenny
Unlike the civilian nicknames we get labelled with; those our classmates called us at school, the one’s various work colleagues may apply to us from time to time, or the ones our siblings find amusing, a military nickname has greater significance, it holds a value only fully comprehended by our contemporaries.
Arguably, the Royal Navy has the most entrenched tradition among the services for bestowing nicknames, names not only for each sailor but for places, equipment and actions.
The Andrew, Jack & Jenny, focuses primarily on the names given to each skin and essence the moment they became a matelot.
Royal Naval nicknames are not chosen by the recipient, they are bestowed, irrevocably, by custom and tradition. Yet, each sailor soon becomes attached to their ‘new’ name, which grows into a large part of their identity, even influencing their character. It soon becomes the name which is spoken with pride in answer to the question “Who are you?”
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Neptune and the Pollywogs
To give the book its full title, ‘Neptune and the Pollywogs – Documenting the Royal Navy’s traditional Crossing the Line ceremony’. (Which is quite a mouthful… as the actress said to the Bishop).
I was asked by the Royal Navy Research Archives to produce a book regarding the traditional rites enacted when a Royal Navy ship crosses the equator.
The resultant outcome is a book which is an in-depth study of the most traditional of seafaring initiation ceremonies. ‘Neptune and the Pollywogs’ examines the rites historical roots, follows its chronological evolution, formalities and observances, the parts and characters used in the ceremony and the place of the ritual in the modern day Navy.
Neptune and the Pollywogs (paperback only) https://amzn.to/2Zy4iCX
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