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The U.S. Navy's patrol of the Yangtze River began in 1854 when the USS Susquehanna was sent to China to safeguard increasing American commerce in the region.
As Kemp Tolley explains in this entertaining history of the patrol in which he was to later serve, the presence of gunboats along the river greatly benefited the integrity of the shoreline factories.
Tolley was a young naval officer in the 1930s when assigned gunboat duty, first in the Mindanao, then in the Tutuila, and finally the Wake in August 1941.
His colorful description of life as a "river rat" is filled with anecdotes about the resourceful and high-spirited sailors who manned the old riverboats in that distant land.
Bindings tight and square. Moderate handling wear. Bookplate and some highlighting in the first chapter. Dust Jacket has minimal handling wear. 343 page with index.
Title: Yangtze Patrol: The U.S. Navy in China
Illustrator: Illustrated with photographs and map endpages
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
Publisher: Maryland, Naval Institute Press,: 1984
ISBN Number: 0870217984
ISBN Number 13: 9780870217982
Binding: Hardcover in Dust Jacket
lb: 3.00 lb
Seller ID: 007578a