Coastal Forces Vessels of the Royal Navy from 1865 - Maurice CockerStroud: Tempus, 2006, Paperback.
Condition: Near Fine.
Includes: Black & white profiles; Black & white photographs; Tables; Cutaways; Appendices (3);
From the cover: “With its many naval ports around the world, the Royal Navy has needed defensive craft to protect its bases and for work in and around the coast.
From the early wooden-walled steamships to coastal destroyers, the fleets of coastal vessels have grown to become a major part of the naval armoury. It was the wholesale introduction of the internal combustion engine in the early part of the twentieth century that saw the development of fast patrol craft and torpedo boats. These reached their zenith with the Fairmile MTBs of World War Two.
Illustrated with over 200 images and diagrams, as well as full details and operational history of each type of vessel, this is the definitive history of the Navy’s small craft.”