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Training Ship Mercury - Further Reading

The Training Ship "Mercury" - A History

The story of the establishment by former Mercury boy A L "Snowy" White (4151).

Published by the T S Mercury Old Boys' Association in 2003. ISBN 0 9548009 0 7.

Can be obtained from the MOBA Treasurer.

Life Worth Living

The autobiography of C.B. Fry, first published in 1939.

Reprinted by Pavilion Books Ltd., in 1986. ISBN 1 85145 027 0

C.B. The Life of Charles Burgess Fry

A biography by Clive Ellis

Published by J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd., in 1984. ISBN 0 460 04654 3.

The Indomitable Beatie

A biography of Beatrice "Ma" Fry by former TS Mercury boy, Ronald Morris (3578).

Published by Sutton Publishing in 2004. ISBN 0 7509 3710 6.

Now revised, this book was previously available as 'The Captain's Lady'

Published by Chatto & Windus in 1985. ISBN 0 7011 2946 8.

Hamble, A Village History

A history of Hamble by Nicolas Robinson. Includes a chapter on TS Mercury.

Published by Kingfisher Railway Publications in 1987. ISBN 0 946184 32 1.

Can be obtained from the following address: 83 Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton SO31 4HH.

C.B. Fry: His Golden Years at West End (1898 - 1908)

By Pauline Berry.

Published 2004. ISBN 0 9540899 1 X.

C.B. Fry, An English Hero

A definitive biography by Iain Wilton.

Published by Richard Cohen Books in 1999. ISBN 1 86066 170 X.

The following books have also been written by or about T S Mercury Old Boys:

From Mercury to Mines

Biography of former Mercury boy Lt. Cdr. Roy Berryman Edwards DSO RN (1507)

by his daughter Sylvia Hammond.

Published by Hammond Publishing in 2006. ISBN 0 9552989 0 3.

Available form the author. Telephone +44 (0) 1474 832490.

First Prize for Signals

Autobiography of former Mercury boy Donald Orde (2382).

Published by Corinne Orde in 2000.

The Crew - A Portrait of Merchant Seamen at the End of the Tramp Steamer Era

By former Mercury boy Tom Peppitt (3620)

Published by Chaffcutter Books in 2000. ISBN 0 9532422 2 6.

The Price of Surrender 1941: The War in Crete

By former Mercury boy Ernest Walker (1777)

Published by Blandford Books in 1992. ISBN 0 7137 22967.


For those wishing to know more about the history of T.S. "Mercury" and the remarkable people who were associated with the place the following is a list of books which are either in print or which may be available through a lending library or from a book search organisation.

The Last Of The Last: The Final Survivor Of The First World War

Autobiography of former Mercury boy, Claude Choules (1392)

Published by Mainstream Publishing 2011. ISBN-13 978-1845967055.

First published in Australia by Hesperian Press 2009.

The Lunatic Spy

The extraordinary autobiography of former Mercury boy and British spy, Frank Groundsell (0857).

Published by Jarrolds Publishers (London) Ltd., in 1935.

Now a rare book and copies are difficult to locate.

 

The Price of Surrender 1941: The War in Crete

By former Mercury boy Ernest Walker (1777)

Published by Blandford Books in 1992. ISBN 0 7137 22967.

Modern Long Distance Swimming

By former Mercury boy Commander Gerald Forsberg OBE RN Rtd. (2198)

Published by Rutledge & Kegan, London 1963

Salvage from the Sea

By former Mercury boy Commander Gerald Forsberg OBE RN Rtd. (2198)

Published by Published by Rutledge & Kegan, London, 1977. ISBN 978-0710086983.

Pocket Book for Seamen

By former Mercury boy Commander Gerald Forsberg OBE RN Rtd. (2198)

Published by Brown, Son and Ferguson Ltd., Glasgow, 1981. ISBN 978-0851743912.  

Coastwise Cruising

By former Mercury boy Commander Tim Sex RN (3732)

Published by the Nautical Publishing Co., Ltd., London, 1970. ISBN 978-0245596896.