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Between the two World Wars, when the Royal Navy's aura of worldwide near invincibility was still intact, the opportunity it offered young men for travel, adventure and a career were considerable. John Hornabrook Smith, who hailed from a Cornish family with strong maritime links, joined up in 1928 and served through WWII. He died in 1987 but left behind a collection of memorabilia of his career as a Royal Navy engineer. Like so many of that generation he rarely spoke of his wartime service but did go to considerable lengths to record it. The discovery of photographs, documents and a pocket book chronicling ships, places and events are the foundation of this book. 

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