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Marmaduke Merry, the Midshipman

A Tale of Naval Adventures in Bygone Days

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Author: W.H.G. Kingston
Published: 1863
Language: English
Wordcount: 114,851 / 312 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,006
Added to site: 2007.05.16
mnybks.net#: 16985
Genres: Nautical, Adventure
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"I once was, boy," he replied with a sigh which resembled the rumbling of a volcano.

"Captain of the main-top," said the gentleman on the box without turning round.

"What are you now, then?" I asked.

"A boatswain," uttered the gentleman on the box.

"Yes, young gentleman, as our friend there says, I am a boatswain," he exclaimed in a voice of thunder, "and a very important person is a boatswain on board ship, let me tell you, with his call at his mouth, and colt in his hand, as your silent companion there will very soon find out, for I presume, by the cut of his jib, that he is not a midshipman."

"And what is a boatswain on board ship?" I asked, with unfeigned simplicity.

"Everything from truck to kelson, I may say, is under his charge," he replied consequentially. "He has to look after masts, spars, rigging, sails, cables, anchors, and stores; to see that the men are kept under proper discipline, and make them smart aloft. In my opinion a man-of-war might do without h

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