This is my most recent reading which I had posted on my Timeline on May 17, 2017
The Royal Navy & Me
by Frederick Rogers
(Caption) “This is a story told through the eyes of a young sailor who joined the Royal Navy in 1955 as a Boy Seaman 2nd class, the absolute lowest rank in the Navy. Follow his induction at HMS Ganges, the toughest boys training establishment in England if not the world., and his first assignment to HMS Cockade in time to visit Australia for the opening of the 1956 Olympic games.This is a thoroughly amusing tale, tempered with dark moments of despair, as he visits islands in the South Pacific, tours Hong Kong, Korea and Japan, passes through the Suez Canal en-route to Malta and Gibraltar, helps to capture an Icelandic boarding party during the Cod Wars. He dives in a submarine to play cat and mouse with our Cold War adversaries, surfaces through the polar ice at the top of the world, feel the tension in the submarine as it sinks toward crush depth. Laugh at the antics of his fellow sailors and the strange situations they found themselves in. Learn the meaning of the acronym PASAHB, and sympathize with this naïve young sailor as he falls for one of the oldest tricks in the book.
One voyage not to be missed.”
.Revue by Francis Gallant..
I once visited a submarine but, even before that, I associated them with being buried alive. Outside of the scary sub adventure, Fred includes interesting nonfiction tales above the surface. He is introduced to his love of the automobile which developed into a hobby and writes of his venture into the unknown when it comes to human decisions, one which includes being tricked into an unwanted marriage. To me, reading the book was scary but, at the same time, a royal experience.
Interesting comment (being buried alive) in the Battle of the Atlantic the U Boats became know as iron coffins. Some 40,000 German submariners sail into war, 30,000 never came home.