Sail Ho! My Early Years at Sea

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Author: Sir James Bisset & P R Stephensen
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Hard Cover
1958 First Edition
Publisher - Angus & Robertson, Sydney, London, Melbourne, Wellington.
Cover is hard bound with dark blue buckram.  Very good condition.
Dust Jacket is present.  Author's bio and photograph on back cover.  Large tear on spine, chips, edge-wear, scuffing.  Fair condition.
End Papers are intact.  Inside front and back covers have blue illustrations of ships in full sail and global map.
Preliminaries -  Full colour Frontispiece taken from a painting by John Allcot, Dedication, Quotation from Psalms, Preface,  detailed List of Contents, List of Illustrations
Main Text Body - 288 Pages.  Fine and clean.  Photographic illustrations throughout.  All illustrations, with the exception of the frontispiece, are supplied by the Nautical Photo Agency, Suffolk.
Edges are deckled and unworn.
Spine is tight with no gutter damage.    Silver lettering and illustration of an anchor..
Page Structure is sound with no missing pages.

This is a thrilling true adventure story of life in a full-rigged sailing ship on the stormy Cape Horn route.  It was at the time when deep water sailing was making its last challenge to steam.  At 15 James Bisset began his career in the three masted barque County of Pembroke plying its way from England to Australia, New Zealand and the west coast of America.  He went on to captain both the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth but he first learnt his sailoring in the school of tough experience.  In fair weather or foul, here is a full and reliable picture of sailing ship days.

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