Preface: This little book of absorbing interest, written in modest and simple language, describes a very gallant exploit. To set out on a voyage of 2000 miles over a stormy sea, in a craft which, however good for air travel, was not designed to live on the water, demanded courage of the highest order from Hawker and Grieve. In days to come, when the crossing of the Atlantic by air is an every day occurrence, these dauntless pioneers who dared all for the honour of their country will not be forgotten.
Major-General John Edward Bernard Seely, D.S.O., C.M.G.
Under- Secretary For Air
15th June 1919