In Eastern Seas

The Commission of H.M.S. 'Iron Duke,' flag-ship in China, 1878-83

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Author: J.J. Smith
Published: 1883
Language: English
Wordcount: 68,142 / 205 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52.1
LoC Category: V
Downloads: 581
Added to site: 2009.01.30
mnybks.net#: 23294
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Nautical, History
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he admiral's inspection.

There is a purely nautical proverb, or, at any rate, one which is so common amongst sailors, that it may be considered as such, which says "Live to-day live for ever;" one of those expressions which, somehow, everybody knows the meaning of, but which none seem to be able to render intelligible. Well, this idea is peculiarly applicable to admirals' visits; for if one can manage to live through such an atmosphere of bustle and worry, such rushing and tearing, such anxiety of mind, and such alacrity of movement as follows in the train of the great man, then surely existence at any other time and under any other conditions is an easy matter.

It was with peculiar feelings, then, that we received the august Sir Thomas, over our gangway. Nor were these feelings modified by the knowledge that Admiral Symonds is a thorough old "salt," a tar of the old school; and, as such, is, of course, au fait with the weak points in a ship's cleanliness and manoeuvring. His inspection

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