Copy of Norman Walker's 'Reminiscences of a China Coast Officer in Peace and War'

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Two drafts, minor differences with some annotations/corrections, of a memoir of Norman Walker's working life, from joining the Joseph Constantine Shipping Company as an apprentice, to travelling Asia as 2nd Officer with John Swire & Sons, C.1933-1945

Covers 1933 to post war years inculding:

experiences learning to sail the China coast; coolies; Anglo-Chinese War and opium; piracy; 1930s Shanghai; War time in India; post-War Hong Kong; Foochow Incident; Turbine versus diesel engines; Weather - typhoons, fog and monsoons; Tientsin Country Club; Calcutta-400 Club; World War 2; Chinese Maritime Customs; Witnessing fighter pilots in action whilst on Home Leave; NEWCHWANG; World travels; anecdotes about bottom scraping, food and curry

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