The Lieutenant and Commander

Being Autobigraphical Sketches of His Own Career, from Fragments of Voyages and Travels

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Author: Basil Hall
Published: 1862
Language: English
Wordcount: 111,499 / 322 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 38.1
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 671
Added to site: 2005.11.09
mnybks.net#: 11757
Genres: Nautical, Biography
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, half-seas over, at the back of Point Beach. Not content with

"Their long-quartered shoes, check shirt, and blue jacket,"

they will even thrust a quid into their cheek, merely to gain the credit, such as it is, of "chewing backy like a sailor."

But there must be a limit to the indulgence of these fancies; and if even an elder midshipman or mate of the decks were permanently to distinguish himself after this masquerade fashion, he would speedily lose caste even with the crew. When a mid, for example, is promoted to lieutenant, he must speedily decide whether he shall follow up in earnest a course of strictly seaman-like objects, of which the mere outward show had previously captivated his young fancy; or he must enter into some compromise with himself, and relinquish a part of his exclusive regard for these pursuits, in consideration of others less fascinating, to be sure, but more likely to bear on his advancement; for, without some knowledge of many other things, his chance must be very small i

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