Trapped aboard leaky ships and creaking vessels for months, sometimes years, on end, the crews developed a peculiar language all of their own. The Royal Navy's heyday is long past and much of the sailor's vocabulary has vanished with it. But before it disappeared once and for all, veteran sailor Gerald O'Driscoll preserved its unique language in this sometimes hilarious but always fascinating compendium of nautical language.

Taking the reader from "Abaft the Screen" all the way through the alphabet to "Wet at the boat hoist", A Dictionary of Naval Slang is a treasury of naval argot, jargon, lingo, and cant. First published in 1943, this modern gift edition comes with a foreword by author and former Royal Navy submariner Richard Humphreys.