The Boy's Manual of Seamanship and Gunnery
The Boy's Manual of Seamanship and Gunnery

The Boy's Manual of Seamanship and Gunnery

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compiled for the use of the training ships of the Royal Navy

by Commander C. Burney


London, Trubner & Co., n.d.

7th edition. ppxxxii 352. illustrated with engravings and four colour plates of flags.

good condition hardback in the original decorative cloth binding. a little wear and slackness, with tears to one page. ownership details to front end-papers.


a standard late Victorian manual for boys serving in the Royal Navy's training ships.

the scary preface impresses on boy sailors the need to follow the straight and narrow path and warns of the dire consequences of deviating from it.

The boy who pays strict attention to his instructions, is clean in his habits, shows implicit obedience, etc. will be a credit to himself and the service. The boy who does not, will die at an early age, unregretted and uncared for.

No Mr. Nice Guy there.....

first published in 1871, this edition probably dates from the 1880's.