Diving Stations, The Story of Captain George Hunt & The Ultor

B1891

This is an adventure book as much as a naval history. It involves the reader and provides information as it entertains. The photographic illustration is interesting and includes his T Class and A Class commands, together with illustration from his time as Commodore SNOWI. This is a book not to be missed.

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NAME: Diving Stations, The Story of Captain George Hunt & The Ultor
CATEGORY: Book Reviews
DATE: 121113
FILE: R1891
AUTHOR: Peter Dornan
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 173
PRICE: £12.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: U Class, Ultor, Mediterranean, WWII, World War Two, Second World War, underwater warfare, submarines
ISBN: 978-1-78303-013-5
IMAGE: B1891.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: This book reviews the naval career of Captain George Hunt. As was not uncommon before 1939, Hunt joined the Royal Navy at the age of 13, after a childhood in Scotland and Uganda. HMS Conway was an ancient sailing warship, typical of the training facilities used by the RN for boy seamen. It provided conditions that Nelson would have been familiar with when he went to sea as a Midshipman.

From HMS Conway, Hunt became an indentured cadet in the Merchant Navy. As he developed his sea skills, he continued his connection with the RN and was accepted as a permanent officer, requesting service in submarines.

The author has covered Hunt’s wartime service and also his career after 1945 when he served as Senior Naval Officer West Indies.

The before and after war service is interesting and provides numerous insights in the social and naval conditions of those periods, but the most gripping parts of the book are those covering Hunt’s war service.

Hunt was rammed twice, sunk once, and depth charged on many occasions. He and his crew fought back and sunk 20 enemy ships by torpedo and 8 by gunfire. The confined and shallow waters of the Mediterranean were suited to the Unity Class submarines.

This is an adventure book as much as a naval history. It involves the reader and provides information as it entertains. The photographic illustration is interesting and includes his T Class and A Class commands, together with illustration from his time as Commodore SNOWI. This is a book not to be missed.

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