Title Maggie of the Suicide Fleet; as written from the log of Raymond D. Borden, Lieutenant, U.S.N.R.
Book Condition Very Good in Very Good dj
Edition First Edition
Publisher Garden City NY Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc. 1930
Illustrator Illustrated by Herb Roth
Seller ID 15274
[moderately shelfworn book, light bumping to bottom corners, spine slightly turned; jacket edgeworn, a little browned at spine, worn at spine ends, one tiny chip at bottom of front panel, small tears with very minor paper loss at front corners]. (line drawings) The true story, more or less, of the U.S.S. Margaret, the most notorious ("the worst," in the author's words) of the many private vessels that were pressed into service for submarine patrol by the U.S. Navy during World War I. A former pleasure yacht, the Maggie "was an old, old lady, never built to go out of sight of land, even in her youth, and when she got to sea her troubles began. Her recruits were all farmers and when her wheel came off in the steersman's hand he hardly had sense enough to be astonished. Maggie was equipped with depth bombs, but she could never use them; she was so slow that if she dropped one she couldn't get away from the explosion. All during the war she was sent places but she never kept a date. The story of her adventures and those of the crew who had a fondness for the damsels of the Azores, is an amazing tale of much excitement and more humor."
World War I Ships Submarine Warfare Humor