"Footprints in the Sea" (used book)
Footprints in the Sea
by Captain Augustus Agar V.C., R.N.
About the Book
Used Book. First Edition. Hardcover. Dust jacket included. Good condition. Tearing and scuffing to the dust jacket.
-- from the dust jacket
The author joined the Royal Navy in 1905 at the age of fourteen and ‘swallowed the anchor’ nearly forty years alter after as gallant and eventful a career as few sailors can have had.
His story tells of life as a midshipman in the pre-1914 Navy and of ‘shipping his second stripe’ two years before the outbreak of the First World War Captain Agar went to North Russia at the time of the Revolution and afterwards to the Baltic in work for the British Secret Service. His Baltic experiences include a single-handed encounter with his Coastal Motor Boat against the Russian cruiser Oleg which he sank; and also the brilliant attack on the Russian Fleet in Kronstadt harbour by British Coastal Motor Boats, which ended in the sinking of two battle ships and a submarine depot ship. For his action against the cruiser Oleg, Augustus Agar was awarded the Victoria Cross.
Between the wars, Agar was selected for service in the Royal Yacht, a duty which he enjoyed immensely, and he pays tribute to the popularity of King George V and the graciousness of Queen Mary. He described this period as [‘two of the happiest years of my life’. Between the wars, Captain Agar helped to ‘show the flag’ in North America, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, and his experiences make exciting and controversial reading. He also had much to say on the London Naval Conference, which he attended as a Naval Adviser.
Early in World War II we find him escorting large convoys across the Atlantic including the shipment of gold bullion to Canada. Agar’s service afloat ended finally in 1943 with the command of H.M.S. Dorsetshire, which was sunk by a powerful force of Japanese dive bombers in an epic engagement.
Captain Agar’s final assignment was as Commodore President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich – a fitting end to an exciting and splendid career.