John went to sea in 1906. His father, Canon John Quine, urged him - Use your note books, keep pen on paper, & sketch bits of machinery. Note what strikes you, what arrests your attention, the aspect or feature that sticks to your memory – of aMoreJohn went to sea in 1906. His father, Canon John Quine, urged him - Use your note books, keep pen on paper, & sketch bits of machinery. Note what strikes you, what arrests your attention, the aspect or feature that sticks to your memory – of a scene, or an incident.John was a good story teller and in 1968 Mona Douglas suggested that he might add one more thing to his repertoire - writing his memoirs.It was assumed that he never achieved this - until 2010 when during the clearance of a house of family in Sheffield revealed an old battered box of jumbled paper.The short humanistic stories depict Johns life from his early years in the Isle of Man at school, to 5th Engineer on a Merchant Navy vessel, and many nautical miles later, Lt.
Commander on Royal Navy ships during WW1. He worked alongside Commander A.B.Cunningham on the Termagant during the last year of the war.The stories are enlightening, sobering, at times technical, and some have a good touch of humour, e.g. when a plan to cool down the engine room backfires and leaves a very sooty and red faced Admiral!.....and how a bucket of high fish were turned into a good lobster supper.These are not just stories about war, corruption and survival.
They encompass the feelings of family back home through a series of letters, which give an insight into childhood in the early 1900s...a six year old learning to shoot, pastimes, manners...There are storms, near misses, bombing, problems with crew, illness, bad shooting.
It is quite remarkable that John lived to tell the tale!As one reader said - they give some vivid impressions of the times.I actually see the engine rooms, control towers, burning Zeppelins and rough seas.NOTE FROM THE EDITORThese short stories are preserved for generations to come, and have been changed as little as possible. Your thoughts on this book will really be appreciated . Enjoy!Book 2 - Marine Engineer to M.H.K. 1919 to 1980 now available on Kindle.