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A Gunner Aboard the 'Yankee'

From the Diary of Number Five of the After Port Gun

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Published: 1896
Language: English
Wordcount: 65,081 / 192 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.3
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 663
Added to site: 2004.11.16 9438
Genre: Nautical

The Yarn of the Cruise and Fights of the Naval Reserves in the Spanish-American War, Edited by H. H. Lewis, Late a S.N. With Introduction by W. T. Sampson, Rear Admiral U.S. Navy.

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for our stay aboard the old frigate. The officer of the deck was lenient, however, and the majority of the crew secured permission to sleep at home that night.

The following Monday, on reporting on board the "New Hampshire," we learned that the entire detail selected to man the "Yankee" would proceed to that ship shortly after eight bells. Word was passed that our enlistment papers--for we were to regularly enter Uncle Sam's naval service--would be made out, and that our freedom and liberty, as some of the boys put it, would cease from that hour. The latter statement made little impression. We had entered the Naval Reserves for business, if business was required, and we expected hardships as well as fun.

A navy-yard tug, sent by the Commandant, steamed alongside at two o'clock, and the company was marched on board without delay. The boys were eager to enter on this, their first real detail, and, in the rush to gain the deck of the tug, young Potter slipped from the rail and fell with a mighty splash in



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