HMS Wasp by Peter S.Holloway
Former wartime evacuee Ted Harris being drafted into the Royal Navy represents a chance to escape from his dull and unaffectionate parents, but once he has experienced the free-flowing lifestyle of Kingston,Jamaica while serving in HMS Wasp the electrical mechanic finds the prospect of returning to a 9 to 5 job that awaits him less than enticing. Encouraged by Chief Petty Officer ‘Rip? Henderson, Ted seeks to better himself by undertaking extra studies whilst at sea.
This evocative, nostalgic and at times tragic novel closely based on on real life experiences of the author recreates an era before mass tourism, when Caribbean islands were an unexpected paradise to young sailors sent there from the cold, grey mother country on the other side of the Atlantic.