THE MIDSHIPMAN D. K. WRIGHT RN COLLECTION OF NAVAL MEMORABILIA

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Wright, D. K.

THE MIDSHIPMAN D. K. WRIGHT RN COLLECTION OF NAVAL MEMORABILIA

R8 000 – R15 000

♦ Journal for the use of Midshipman as compiled by Mr D. K. Wright, Midshipman R.N. on H. M. S. Renown began on 22nd May 1943 with almost daily entries in clear handwriting until 1st June 1944 and signed off by Captain B. C. B. Brooke with many hand drawn coloured maps and diagrams etc and drawings including those of Japanese and other battleships. Clear descriptive narrative approx. 160 pages, 22 by 34cm, bound in cloth and half buckram. ♦ A second volume ‘Work Book for Navigating Officers of His Majesty’s Ships’. Wright calls it ‘Miscellany, Charivaria and Extravaganza’ with a note that ‘the portraits of those extinguished officers that appear on the preceding few pages were executed at a lunch time gin session in ‘Saga’ by first Lieutenant of O.R.P. Garland’ on July 10 1946 at Invergordon’. ♦ and a book that belonged to Wright’s Great Great Grandfather duly inscribed by the owner John Wright Bulphan Esq 5th Feb 1787. The book ‘The Practical Navigator and Seaman’s New Daily Assistant Being a Complete System of Practical Navigation’ 8th Edition was published in London by G. Robinson, 1784 bound in original full calf with wear to covers. David Kent Wright served in the Royal Navy, was promoted Lieutenant 16 April 1946 and Lt-Commander 16/4/1954. He was a ‘fighting officer’. After leaving the Renown, Wright served in H. M. S. Sceptre, an S. Class Submarine. H. M. S. Renown brought the Prince of Wales’ to South Africa for his 1925 visit. While Wright was on the Renown, the ship served in Sabang in Burma, also in Java and Sumatra. The Renown was also part of the Home and Eastern fleets. The Renown was a Battle Cruiser, built in 1916 and scrapped in 1948. (31)

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