Boston; (1949): John W. Luce. First Edition. Octavo. Item #025323
First printing. 220 pages. Inscribed " To Jessie M Girdner, with best wishes from the Author, L.F. Hansen." While Capt. Hansen is best known for Hansen's Simplex ex-meridian tables which was the essential reference for every ship captain, here is his rare autobiography which provides insight of an authentic biographical nature in the last day to sailing ships and the transition to the age of high-powered steam ships. He ran submarine blockades in two world wars, was marooned in hostile Patagonia, fought an enraged tiger who got loose on a cattle boat (see the front dust jacket). Printed in a small print run less than 8 libraries have copies and most of those are museums on maritime subjects as well as both the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Library and the U.S. Naval Academy Library at Annapolis. A very nice copy bound in green cloth, spine lettering giltin unclipped pictorial dust jacket with large chip to head, smaller chipping to corners, spine faded. A scarce work.