I HAVE RECENTLY bought an interesting book at auction. I was attracted to it largely because of the inscription inside.
It was given as a token of esteem by the Skipper of HMS Frisky to his navigation office in Liverpool 1919. Frisky was apparently tending the navy ships at Scapa Flow before being sold to German interests and renamed Gustavo Ipland.
The jobs planned for her did not eventuate and she languished for several years before becoming the illustrious hero of Farley Mowat’s book Grey Seas Under. I read it at age seven and was enthralled.
I am wondering how the book ended up in New Zealand. Did the owner move to NZ or have a descendant who valued it less than I? Or did he leave it on board ship one time and it got another owner. I guess we’ll never know what adventures Lt Price had with this book under his arm! Captain Weir is in the Navy List 1919 but no trace of Lt Price.