Heart of Oak

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Sheridan House, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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Following the account of his childhood and early years at sea in A Steady Trade, Tristan Jones looks back on his time spent "below decks" in the Royal Navy during World War II.

The year is 1940. Upon his discharge from a sailing barge, Jones struggled alongside wartime recruits from all walks of life. After a period of instruction - and a fair share of punishment - aboard HMS GANGES, he returned to the sea, first on transatlantic convoy duties and later as part of arduous Arctic runs to Russia. By the time he turned 18, he'd survived three sinkings.

From the deck of the destroyer ECLECTIC, Jones witnessed a ferocious battle between HMS HOOD and the deadly German battleship BISMARCK, as well as the conflict that ended with the sinking of the SCHARNHORST in 1943.

Though most of his reminiscences take place at sea, Jones also writes of his days at home and on leave, sharing many experiences both comic and poignant.

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User Review  - R.Bruce Macdonald - Goodreads

For a long time this was a hard to find book. Unlike his sailing adventures. Read full review

About the author (1997)

Tristan Jones was born at sea aboard his fatheris sailing ship off of the cape of Tristan da Cunha. He joined the Royal Navy at the age of fourteen, and spent his entire life at sea. He sailed a record 400,000 miles during his career with the navy and on a delivery yacht and has gone on several ambitious journeys on his own small ships. For the last few years of his life, he retired to Phuket, Thailand aboard his cruising trimaran. He passed away in 1995. Jones wrote many books about his remarkable life, including Saga of a Wayward Sailor and The Incredible Voyage. In 2003, Ragged Mountain Press published an unauthorized biography, Wayward Sailor: In Search of the Real Tristan Jones.

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