E.C. Coleman entered the Royal Navy as a 'Junior', and left thirty-six years later as a Lieutenant. A life-long student of the Royal Navy's history, he has published several books on the subject including a two-volume history of the Royal Navy in polar exploration, and a biography of Captain George Vancouver. He has always had a fascination with the wide variations in the royal Navy's insignia. This book follows the first volume of Rank and Rate, which covers officers' insignia since 1856.