Monday, June 27, 2016

A Bequeath of Books - Part 1

I am very fortunate to have been given my pick of a wonderful collection of naval books, mainly from the age of sail.  I had first seen the collection when we visited my partner's friend Anne in 2013.  Anne's husband, Tristram, had died the previous year.  He had been researching sailing ships as he was planning to build a model replica.  Given he was a highly skilled maker of harps it would have been a beauty.  Sadly it was not to be and unfortunately I never got to meet him.

But all was not lost, and I now have eleven of his books, so he'll live on a little longer in my thoughts and memories as I read and peruse the wonderful books I now have.

One book, Jutland 1916, I have already posted on.  Four books I sent by mail home, costing "silly money", but as I mentioned in my previous post I'd saved on postage by having some figures that I'd purchased from Old Glory UK sent to Anne's rather than pay postage to Australia.

Luckily my partner agreed to bring two of the books back in her case.  It turns out she was vying for "my case is heavier than your case" award.  She won.  Double lucky, both our cases were within the luggage limits.  Tristram must have been looking after us.

I'd started reading this book in 2013.  Fascinating, includes all the detail of what went into building the ships.

A post on the other four books will have to wait on when the Royal Mail gets here.  I doubt they are coming by sea, but you never know.

Thanks Tristram!  Much appreciated.  

If you like Irish harp music, as played at the Tyneside Irish Centre, the following link will take you there, via YouTube.


  1. The Stephen Biesty book is gorgeous - one of my favourites.

    1. Yes it was a "must take" Not even 30 pages but appears full of useful stuff.