Genuinely humorous short stories of English sailors on and off their ships. "Ginger" and Peter Russet reappear in several.
man, wot wos trying to catch 'is eye. 'Cook 'is food at fust, 'cos 'e's been used to it.'
"'I know wot to give 'im,' ses Reddish, offhandedly. 'I ain't been in the line twenty-seven years for nothink. Bring 'im out to the back, an' I'll put 'im in 'is new 'ome.'
"They all got up and, taking no notice of the wild man's whispers, follered Ted Reddish and 'is wife out to the back, where all the wild beasts in the world seemed to 'ave collected to roar out to each other what a beastly place it was.
"'I'm going to put 'im in "'Appy Cottage" for a time,' says Reddish; 'lend a hand 'ere, William,' he says, beckoning to one of 'is men.
"'Is that "'Appy Cottage"?' ses old Sam, sniffing, as they got up to a nasty, empty cage with a chain and staple in the wall.
"Ted Reddish said it was.
"'Wot makes you call it that?' ses Sam.
"Reddish didn't seem to 'ear 'im, and it took all Ginger's coaxing to get Beauty to go in.
"'It's on'y for a day or two,' he whisp