There he was a house cadet captain and his early development was dominated by one man, John Gower. Gower was the house officer at the college and second-in-command of the training cruiser Devonshire when Black first went to sea, and commander of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, when Black resumed his studies. Gower was immortalised as “The Bodger” in the stories of Navy life by John Winton, the former naval obituarist of The Daily Telegraph.
Umm, We Joined The Navy, umm, We Went To Sea, I think? Extremely funny, although the last one, about an aircraft carrier, (Ark Royal?) was bitter rather than a delightful farce.
“Bodger walked along the quay with the hopeful air of a man about to be offered a drink” is a line I’ve probably misquoted.
Doubt you still see the books in the second hand shops but most Naval households of that vintage probably have them somewhere in a dark corner. Worth having a go.