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Pigboats by Commander Edward Ellsberg. Dodd, Mead & Company.

Pigboats by Commander Edward Ellsberg. Dodd, Mead & Company. (1931) Hard cover with dust jacket. A printing after 1949 with an advertisement for 'No Banners, No Bugles' on the back panel of dj which was published in 1949. DUST JACKET: Some surface abrasion on the front panel only effecting one of the letters of the front. A bump on the bottom of the spine with a small chip. Otherwise, no clips (not price-clipped) unusual folds or missing pieces. Now protected in a mylar dj cover. BOOK: Light edge wear to bottom of the cover. Light foxing to otp and bottom of page block, heavier foxing to leading edge of page block. Light tanning inside front cover apparently from acidic papers that were stored inide the front cover. Otherwise no previous owner markings. Binding is tight with no looseness to pages. Pages have no creeases, folds or dog-earing in fact pages are so clean and white that before looking closer, I thought this book was a facsimile first edition. Not ex-library, not remaindered, not a facsimile reprint. More photos available on request. For sale by Jon Wobber, bookseller since 1978. CE06a

Pigboats is a WW1 novel of submarine warfare in the Adriatic. Made into the movie Hell Below in 1933. Ellsberg was commissioned in the navy in 1914 and served on active duty until 1926. He became an expert in undersea salvage and rescue. In 1926, he raised the navy submarine, S-51. For that success he was promoted to the rank of commander by an Act of Congress and awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by the Navy Department, since which time he has been popularly known as "Commander Ellsberg", regardless of his rank. Ellsberg described the raising of the S-51 in his 1929 book, On the Bottom. Ellsberg was sent to England in time for the Normandy Invasion, where he was instrumental in setting up the Mulberry harbour off the Normandy Beach. He also prepared 89 damaged or superannuated ships for scuttling to make artificial harbors. That operation gained him great admiration in Britain where he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Ellsberg described his experiences in his book, The Far Shore.- Wikipedia.