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The Man Around the Engine: Life Below the Waterline Hardcover – 25 Sep 1990

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Kenneth Mason Publications Ltd; 1st Edition edition (25 Sept. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859373541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859373548
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 696,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This autobiography concentrates on Admiral Le Bailly's experience below decks in "HMS Naiad", a cruiser which saw much action in the Mediterranean and was finally torpedoed, leaving Le Bailly the last to be rescued. It is a vivid account of an engineer's experience during World War II.

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A delightful account of naval life, written by someone who came up through the ranks. The author describes his career from first seeing HMS Hood as a boy in the 1920s, until his retirement well after WW2, having reached high rank. He tells of the training regimes, the accommodation on the ships, the hardships of the life, the battles, excitement and entertainment, and of course the losses. If you want a feel for how the Royal Navy felt, you won't go wrong with this book.
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What a wonderfully informed and accurate view on the Navy at war, written in an easy flowing way with an irreverent slant and from a below decks man

One of the best books I have read on the subject
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An excellent autobiography in which Le Bailly describes life as an engineer office in the Royal Navy in the inter-war years and WWII. His description of conditions in the engine rooms of HMS "Hood" is revealing and horrifying. This has been repeated elsewhere (Taylor) but the immediacy and scale of the problem is captured fully here. At the end of WWII he was asked to compare and report on the engineering practices in the Royal Navy and the US Navy. This is interesting reading: the RN comes off a very poor second in may areas, for example, steam conditions, boiler water treatment, and boiler cleaning. It is a pity he was not able to include more of the original report - it would make a good subject for another book. I read the book from cover to cover in a couple of days.
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