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Salt Water

The Sea Life and Adventures of Neil D'Arcy the Midshipman

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Author: W.H.G. Kingston
Language: English
Wordcount: 108,761 / 299 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72.4
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,053
Added to site: 2007.05.16
mnybks.net#: 16958
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rtsmouth. Having selected our chamber, we went into the coffee-room and ordered dinner. There were several youngsters there, and other junior officers of the profession, for the "Star and Garter" was at that time more frequented than the far-famed "Blue Posts." At first some of the younger portion of the guests were a little inclined to look superciliously at Larry and me; but he stuck out his timber toe, and returned their glances with such calm independence, that they soon suspected he was not made of the stuff to laugh at; and they then showed an evident disposition to enter into conversation with him to discover who he could be. This, for my sake, he did not wish them to do; for, as he was to act the part of guardian, he thought it incumbent on him to keep up his dignity.

We passed, to me, a very interesting time at Portsmouth. We constantly visited the dockyard, which was my delight. He took me over the Victory, and showed me the spot where Nelson fell; and with old associations many a ta

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
2011.05.15
Clive Watts
***..

A good account of life as a midshipman in revenue cutters and Royal Navy frigates and brigs in the fight against smugglers and slavers. Typical Victorian publication full of righteous advice of how to be a good Christian and upright citizen... but never-the-less well written and with an obvious knowledge of sea going practices in the days of sail.


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