Records of a Sporting Commission. H.M.S. Flora 1898-1901. Falkland Islands, Bertram Mordaunt Chambers.
Records of a Sporting Commission. H.M.S. Flora 1898-1901

Records of a Sporting Commission. H.M.S. Flora 1898-1901.

Plymouth: Bowering and Co. [Naval and Military] Printers, 1901.

Only edition. Printed for private circulation. 61, [3] pp. 1 vols. Small 8vo. Red flexible cloth. Fine. Red cloth box. Not in OCLC. Item #316598

Apparently unrecorded little work concerning itself with three and a half years of sport in a ship of the Royal Navy on “South-East Coast of America station”, including the Falkland Islands and calls into the port of Montevideo, Uruguay. The compiler and part author was Commander (later Admiral) Bertram Mordaunt Chambers, who writes in the Preface that these pages “are meant only for private circulation … for those who took part in the making of a somewhat remarkable record of ship sport … to assist memory in after years …”. The volume gives an abstract of game shot and a list of serving officers. Pages 9 to 37 cover shooting, a total game bag of more than 15,000 (including snipe shooting at Port Stanley in the Falklands), remarking “although game is probably scarcer than in bygone years”; with three pages of notes on dogs (giving names and qualities). Other sections cover cricket, football, golf, regattas, and rifle practice at Stanley Range). Football matches were against other ships or Montevideo clubs.
The author, Bertam M. Chambers (1866-1945), was a career naval officer, appointed commander in 1900, and he later commanded an armored cruiser during the first world war. He was appointed rear admiral shortly before his retirement towards the end of the war; he published a memoir, Salt Junk (1927).

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