MORESBY, JOHN. - Autograph letter to the commander, officers and ship's company of H.M.S. Moresby.
n.p. June 8, 1916. One page on foolscap, folded. A couple of small holes in a fold. ¶ The aged explorer of New Guinea and retired Admiral writes congratulating the ship's company on their valiant fight in the North Sea and lamenting that he is too infirm to properly respond to the honour they have conferred on him. He is "laid up in port, my anchor catted and fished, Blue Peter flying" but the hull splinters and torn flag presented to him will "be more to him than all other things he could desire, and to my descendants the most valuable heirloom I could possibly hand down." The Moresby took part in the Battle of Jutland under commander Roger Alison.AUD 350.00 [Appr.: EURO 248.5 US$ 268.17 | £UK 214.5 | JP¥ 29824] Book number 10163
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