|Britannia’s Bulwarks, The Achievements of Our Seamen, The Honours of Our Ships is a large book, measuring 14 ½-inches wide and 9 ¼-inches tall. The
cover is in dark blue with gilt title and decorations. I have also seen photographs of the volume with crimson and dark green covers. There are 96 pages in the book.
The format has 24 short chapters with each chapter having four pages, two of text and black and white drawings by C. J. Staniland and two-color plates, which
occupy a full page per plate. The Introduction, written by editor Commander Charles N. Robinson RN states, ”Britannia’s Bulwarks is a linking of the old with
the new in a manner altogether new. The famous ships of glorious memory are presented by picture and pen alongside their counterparts in the Modern Navy ….
The leading idea has thus been to group some modern ship much in the public mind with her famous namesake in the old wars, and thus to represent the navy
in its past and its, illustrating its continuity and employment.” The plates were done by British maritime painter, Charles Dixon. Commander Robinson, further
states in the introduction, “The illustrations are a revelation of unsuspected possibilities, for that eminent marine painter, Mr. Charles Dixon, R.I., has prepared
an admirably successful and beautiful series of water-colour pictures, which are reproduced with a fidelity of effect that would have been unattainable even a
short time ago. They are an unrivalled illustration of ancient and modern naval types.” There is no mention of the author of the text with only the cryptic, “The
story of prowess and achievement is told by the competent hand of a writer deeply versed in our naval history, and not less acquainted with the ships of the present
day.” The color plates are fabulous and by far the main reason to acquire this volume.