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WW1 Naval Recognition Manual (1914) | Fred Jane

WW1 Naval Recognition Manual (1914) | Fred Jane

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Fred T. Jane

SAMPSON, LOW, MARSTON & Co. Ltd, London, 1914

A WW1 recognition handbook of Royal Navy warships, undated, but published in 1914, around the start of the First World War. It includes details of most of the Royal Navy's ships at that time, including Dreadnoughts, Cruisers, Battleships, Destroyers, Gunboats, Liners, and many other smaller vessels. With silhouettes of each class and type of ship, and brief details of size, speed, armament etc. An invaluable reference work for those interested in the ships of the Royal Navy during WW1.

This book is particularly interesting as it has been annotated in several places. The annotations include details of ships sunk at the Battle of Jutland, and others torpedoed by submarines, showing that the owner of the book was aware of the latest sinkings and annotated the book accordingly as the war progressed, up until at least the summer of 1916. It would seem quite possible that the owner was a Naval officer at the time. The Cunard liner Lusitania is also noted as having been 'sunk by submarine'. The loss of HMS Hampshire in 1916, sunk by a German mine off the Orkneys while taking Kitchener to Russia, is recorded with the comment 'sunk with K. of K. on board'.


In good condition. The boards show signs of wear at the edges, and a few marks. The binding and hinges are good and secure. The text and illustrations are in good condition, with handwritten additions, and a few marks. Signed on the front endpaper by 'J. G. Robertson, December 1914'.

Published: 1914
Blue illustrated boards
Dimensions : 125mm x 180mm
Pages: 64