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For the Love of the Navy

Ray Hamilton

Have you ever wondered... How the Navy and the Marines came to be 'Royal'? How Samuel Pepys helped professionalise the Navy while at the same time penning his famous diary? What the origins of everyday expressions like 'toeing the line', 'showing your true colours' and 'piping hot food' are? For the answers to all these questions and many ore, dive into this fascinating book and become a senior service aficionado.

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Have you ever wondered... How the Navy and the Marines came to be 'Royal'? How Samuel Pepys helped professionalise the Navy while at the same time penning his famous diary? What the origins of everyday expressions like 'toeing the line', 'showing your true colours' and 'piping hot food' are? For the answers to all these questions and many ore, dive into this fascinating book and become a senior service aficionado.

ISBN: 9781786850645
Format: Hardback
Author(s): Ray Hamilton
First Publishment Date: 12 October 2017

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  1. Highly recommended. review by PCW-M on 30/07/2018

    Billed as a “celebration of the Royal Navy,” this book aims to cover an impressive canvas from the beginnings of English naval warfare, through the era of gunboat diplomacy to the 20th and 21st century Royal Navy. With three distinct sections on the history, organisation and roles and people and traditions there is very little of the Royal Navy that isn’t touched.
    The layout of boxed sections makes it easy to dip into and the style is very readable. The history section has gems such as the fact that Robert Blake and his flagship Triumph were featured on a second class postage stamp issued in 1982. It also describes the first electrocution at sea in HMS Inflexible with its 800 volt system; the role of the Loch Ness monster in WW1 (you have to read it!); and modern history including a quote about the Libyan operations in 2011 saying that “if anyone ever tells you that the Navy lacks versatility, tell them about Libya in 2011.”
    The section on management of the Royal Navy includes descriptions of the types of ships, specialisations and training. It is good to see that this includes the RFA and reserves. The final section on the culture of the Royal Navy reminds the reader that a “sailor fights where he lives” with more “Jack speak” to brighten the reader’s day. As a Pusser I was delighted to see a few quotes from performance reports (206s and 264s to my generation) but it missed out that “he goes through life pushing doors marked pull!”
    I admit that I started out wondering who the book was aimed at. Was it for the would-be sailor, for those looking for a trip down memory lane or the pub quiz expert? The simple answer is that it should appeal to all three. It is a delight to pick up and I guarantee that you won’t put it down quickly as you will want to see what the next gem is. Highly recommended.

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