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From Sail to Steam

Recollections of Naval Life

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Published: 1906
Language: English
Wordcount: 110,132 / 325 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 55
LoC Categories: CT, V
Downloads: 1,140
Added to site: 2008.04.22
mnybks.net#: 20632
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Biography, Nautical
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otives, in great part, led to my being sent to a boarding-school in Maryland, near Hagerstown, which drew its pupils very largely, though not exclusively, from the South. The environment would be upon the whole Southern. I remained there, however, only two years, my father becoming dissatisfied with my progress in mathematics. In 1854, therefore, I matriculated as a freshman at Columbia College in the city of New York, where I remained till I went to the Naval Academy.

My entrance into the navy was greatly against my father's wish. I do not remember all his arguments, but he told me he thought me much less fit for a military than for a civil profession, having watched me carefully. I think myself now that he was right; for, though I have no cause to complain of unsuccess, I believe I should have done better elsewhere. While thus more than dissenting from my choice, he held that a child should not be peremptorily thwarted in his scheme of life. Consequently, while he would not actively help me in the do

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