Swing the Lamp, Jack Dusty: So I Joined the Navy - Denis SherringhamThorpe Bay: Walton Publishing, 1998, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: “The Royal Navy had just endured the arduous labours of five years of World War II. It had gained some splendid victories but it had also some wounds to lick. Its pride had been badly hurt in incidents such as the joint loss of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse in a single Japanese air raid at sea.
The future of the pride of the British nation was in doubt. Was sea-power to be made redundant in the face of the development of air supremacy? On top of air-power there was the advent of nuclear weapons. The dangers from nuclear fall-out, which would make most of our fleet obsolete, were just being recognised.
The terrible cost of the war confronting the newly elected Atlee administration meant that strict economies would be forced upon the nation. Could the British public accept a vast reduction in its main symbol of world power and see the Royal Navy reduced to the size of a navy run by a third-rate power? The answer was, perhaps, a typical fudge. Our ships would not be scrapped but would be preserved in mothballs. Few, however, would ever see service again.
At the same time servicemen’s pay was very low, hardly encouraging the kind of recruitment that would be needed to replace the thousands of Hostilities Only and National Servicemen leaving the Royal Navy in droves in the summer of 1947.
This tale of life below decks begins at that time and spans the period 1947-1954. It is a fascinating account of life in the navy and provides eyewitness accounts of some of the final occasions that the Royal Navy took to sea in full might. It describes life in port when the big ships were in mothballs, and explains everything naval from sippers and gulpers to prick tobacco and Jack Dusty.”