1924 1st edition; The Penn Publishing Company; hardbound with blue decortive boards and gilt lettering; inside cover handwritten note: "T.W. Forham. From Capt. A. Nichols R.G.R. M.C. Xmas 1925"; no dust jacket; good condition; "Illustrated with photographs, prints and drawings".
"Once, a history was a narrative of events connected with real or imaginary things, and in a sense this book is such a chronicle, for it tells of a very stark reality, the sea, and across that grey background flit the ghostly shapes of hte shipmen of all ages. It is a tale of contrasts gathered from bearded lips and dry, old books, and no formal exposition, such as is demanded of secientific history."