New John Brooke book – So that’s the Fathers Day present sorted


Its not often that I start to read a boating book & then stop a couple of pages in & put the book away. This happened to me during the week, Robert Brooke had just dropped off some copies, hot off the press, of the Brooke families book on their father, John (Jack) Brooke. Its tiled ‘memories – ROADS OF DESTINY – John Brooke’ & woodys its a cracker – full of amusing tales , photos & illustrations from John’s life (sample below).
Way did I stop reading it? Because its just so good, I want to be able to spend a day reading it on the boat, in a bay somewhere with no distractions.
Grad a copy from Boatbooks in Westhaven (they do on-line > postal orders), RRP is $45, a bargain. Be quick it will sell out.
I have a copy to give away – to make it fair to those that do not wake at 3am in the morning – the winner will be decided by a draw from all correct entries received by 6pm Friday 3rd August 2018. Entry via email only to

Now the question –   what was Jack Brooke awarded an O.B.E. for in 1948?

Sorry for the standard of the images above, taken on my mobile ph not camera & in poor light 😉
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5 thoughts on “New John Brooke book – So that’s the Fathers Day present sorted

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  2. It’s a fabulous book and a great contribution to our yachting (and motorboating) history.
    Well done, Robert!


  3. In 1948 he was awarded an OBE for his contribution to improved manufacturing methods of munitions during the second world war..
    However I do expect this answer to be “lost”

    But Martin, if you read the question, you would see entry is via email 😉 Alan H


  4. Contributions to the war effort (WWII) specifically improvements to the manufacture of munitions.


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