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How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves

Updated to 1900

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Author: W.H.G. Kingston
Language: English
Wordcount: 165,011 / 488 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 43.8
LoC Categories: DA, VA
Downloads: 1,156
Added to site: 2007.11.16
mnybks.net#: 19055
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Nautical, History

The story of the British Navy from the earliest times.

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nd which encircles the globe, a gruff voice hails her from alongside, and demands her name and nation, whence she is from, and whither she is bound. These questions being answered, she is ordered to heave to, when no less a person than old father Neptune himself, with his fair wife Amphitrite, and their attendant Tritons, climb up over the bows, and take possession of the fore-part of the deck. Neptune generally wears a crown formed out of a tin saucepan, with a flowing beard, a wig of oakum, and a robe composed of some gay-coloured petticoat-stuff, stored up for the occasion, or a piece of canvas, with curious devices painted on it, while he carries in his band a trident, made out of a harpoon or a boat-hook. The fair Amphitrite, who is more commonly known on board as Bill Buntline, the boatswain's mate, is habited, like her lord, in the gayest of gay attire, with a vast profusion of oakum locks, and bows of huge proportions, although it must be confessed that she has very little to boast of in the way of fe

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