Title: Comrades of the Mist and other Rhymes of the Grand Fleet
Author: Lieut. Comdr. Eugene E. [Edward] Wilson, U.S. Navy
Description: Inscribed by author on ffep. Second printing, April 1919. Blue cloth boards with gilt lettering on spine and front cover. Very slight wear to spine ends and corners. Ffep is partially torn at inner hinge and chipped. Toning on a couple pages, else clean. 90 pages. Inscribed ''Great Lakes, Ill. / July 15, 1919 / To Cousin Nellie: / With best wishes / from the author. / E. E. Wilson. / Lt. Comdr.''
Poetry on Navy themes, written by an American sailor at sea during World War I. Many references to the Huns, to other specific sailors on board, sights and sounds of military seafaring, and concluding with Armistice Day.
The author, Eugene E. Wilson, was Chief Engineer of the battleship U.S.S. Arkansas (BB-33), which was attached to the Sixth Battle Squadron of the British Grand Fleet during the war. Many of these verses were originally published on the ship's weekly newspaper, The Arklight.
Eugene Edward Wilson (1887-1974) was born in Dayton, Washington, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1908. In 1930 he retired a Commander in the propulsion branch of the Navy's Bureau of Aeronautics. Following his resignation, he simultaneously became president of the Hamilton Standard Propeller Corporation, president of the Sikorsky Aviation Corporation, and president of Chance Vought Corporation (having worked closely with Chance Vought in the development of the Pratt & Whitney "Wasp" engine), and finally president of the United Aircraft Corporation during World War II.
Condition: Very Good–
Jacket Condition: None
Publisher: George Sully and Company
Place: New York
Keywords: sailors, British Grand Fleet, USS Arkansas, BB-33, United States Navy, World War I, WWI, Chance Vought,
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