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BOYES, George Thomas Henry, Rear-Admiral.

Salvage Operations. The Floating of H.M. Battleship "Howe".

London: J.D. Potter, 1900 Stock Code: 123155
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First edition, uncommon just 7 locations on Library Hub The Admiral-class battleship HMS Howe was commissioned in 1889 and joined the Channel Fleet a year later. On 2 November 1892, due to faulty Admiralty charts, Howe ran aground on the Pereiro Shoal off Bispon Point while attempting to enter Ferrol harbour, Spain. Salvage operations were extremely complex, but with exemplary skill the feat was finally completed on 30 March 1893. The book describes in close detail the procedures carried out by the designated salvage squadron under the command of Rear-Admiral Edward Hobart Seymour, R.N., second-in-command of the Channel Fleet. The author who was Flag Captain aboard Seymour's flagship, HMS Anson, describes the initial incident, the arrival of the salvage steamers, the various methods employed to stop the leaks, several unsuccessful attempts to pump out the ship, the eventual improvement in buoyancy and the employment of collision mats, each of the four attempts to haul Howe into deeper water the last finally meeting with success, the docking of the battleship for temporary repair, and finally her safe return to England. The ship was paid off and sent to Chatham for repairs at a total cost of 45,000. She emerged from the dockyard in October that year and joined the Mediterranean Fleet where she remained until December 1896 when she became the flagship at Queenstown. She went into reserve in 1904, was sold in 1910, and broken up in 1912.

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Octavo. Original moderate brown diagonally combed cloth, title gilt to the front board, panels with elaborate scrolled foliate cornerpieces in blind to both boards, brilliant yellow surface-paper endpapers.


Half-tone frontispiece and 7 other similar plates, 14 plans and sketches, 5 of them folding.


Just a little rubbed, head and tail of the spine a touch crumpled, some foxing to the bound in plans on plain paper, but overall a very good copy indeed.


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