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The Battleship Boys' First Step Upward

or, Winning Their Grades as Petty Officers

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Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 47,032 / 141 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,211
Added to site: 2010.06.19 28207

Inspiring adventure, moving incidents over the seven seas, and in the air above them; fighting the Huns from the decks fo sinking ships, and coming to grief above the clouds; strange peoples and still stranger experiences, are some of the things that the readers of this series will live when they cruise with Dan Davis and Sam Hickey.

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uickly this time," shouted the captain from the bridge.

The cutter was swung out and slowly lowered by the falls. At command the boat was let go, striking the sloping side of a wave which carried the boat some distance from the ship, so sure had been the judgment of the executive officer, who had given the command to let go.

At the command "oars out," the oars were quickly slipped into place. There was no loss of time now in obeying orders.

"Give way!" commanded the coxswain, at which the heavy cutter's bow raised clear of the sea and the boat began plunging toward the disabled schooner. The latter lay a long distance from the ship, the battleship's commander not daring to draw closer for fear of smashing into the sinking vessel, so strong was the sea.

In the meantime the sailors in whaleboat number one were bending to their task, their boat drawing slowly toward the distressed ship. It required heroic effort to drive the boat through that sea. A greater part of the time the craft



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