Title: Cruise of the Lanikai: Incitement to War
Publisher: Naval Institute Press, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1973
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
Slight wear to the top edge of the dust jacket, now in mylar. Text is free of any markings. Nice copy. Bookseller Inventory # 004210
Synopsis: In early December 1941 in the Philippines, a young Navy ensign named Kemp Tolley was given his first ship command, an old 76-foot schooner that had once served as a movie prop in John Ford's "The Hurricane." Crewed mostly by Filipinos who did not speak English and armed with a cannon that had last seen service in the Spanish-American War, the Lanikai was under top-secret presidential orders to sail south into waters where the Japanese fleet was thought to be. Ostensibly the crew was to spy on Japanese naval movements, but to Tolley it was clear that their mission was to create an incident that would provoke war.
Events overtook the plan, however, when Pearl Harbor was bombed before the Lanikai could get underway. When Bataan and Corregidor fell, she was ordered to set sail for Australia and became one of the few U.S. naval vessels to escape the Philippines. In this book Tolley tells the saga of her great adventure during these grim, early days of the war and makes history come alive as he regales the reader with details of the operation and an explanation of President Roosevelt's order. Tolley's description of their escape in Japanese warship-infested waters ranks with the best of sea tales, and few will be able to forget the Lanikai's 4,000-mile, three-month odyssey.
About the Author: Kemp Tolley, a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Navy, wrote two other books about his experiences, Caviar and Commissars and Cruise of the Lanikai. He died in November 2000 at the age of ninety-two.
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