The story of the port of San Diego, by the author of I Cover the Water-front, is second in the ""seaport series"" and a sharp contrast to Gloucester in history and atmosphere. Founded not by fishermen and colonists but padres, soldiers and their ilk, who took San Diego for Spain. An entertaining account of the missionaries, the Indian conquest and its indignity, the various nations at daggers drawn over the land, the gold and the government set-up. San Diego's lone naval engagement. On up to its present importance as a naval-aviation base. There are stories of nearby islands, of pirates, of deep sea fishing -- a ""calendar of memories"" of a natural and beautiful harbor, the oldest on the West Coast. Should have a grand local California sale, for its breezy, simple telling -- and Max Miller's name should carry the interest farther afield.