THE KING'S BRITANNIA by John Irving

THE KING'S BRITANNIA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Here was a ship and Commander John Irving has told her story to a T. Her beauty, her prowess, her cunning ways all make her as human as Cleopatra for sooner or later she charms even her critics. On the Cape May race you bet and wait, as she chooses to keep deal ahead of Navahoe. The day before in the Brenton Reef Cup you got so excited you were all mixed trying to read and cheer at once. It is the biography of Edward, Prince of Wales; later Edward VII, bid for popularity of the "big class" at a precarious moment in British yachting. It was a gamble but he was born for high play--and the coup was successful in saving the big class from extinction. She defended England against the American visitors; she was used on the Mediterranean; King George V used her for his family weekends "off the record." She was a grand old girl. Just at this time with interest running high over the America's Cup races to start July 31st you have a great chance to clean up on her. It is more than a book about a ship--read it yourself--make a list of customers to notify and see what fun she still can provide.
Pub Date: June 15th, 1937
Publisher: Lippincott
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1937




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