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On Blue-Water, Narratives of Adventure in the Merchant Service (Paperback) Loot Price: R258
Discovery Miles 2 580
On Blue-Water, Narratives of Adventure in the Merchant Service (Paperback): John Fryer T Keane
On Blue-Water, Narratives of Adventure in the Merchant Service (Paperback): John Fryer T Keane

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On Blue-Water, Narratives of Adventure in the Merchant Service (Paperback)

John Fryer T Keane

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER V. AT THE HELM. one of these calm evenings, at eight o'clock, I had taken the wheel to stand my " trick" of two hours' steering. How a man can think and build castles as he stands steering away from mere habit ?steering with perfect skill and accuracy?yet with his mind far away at home, or high up, up, in a castle, miles above any place he will ever reach, in the air! All sailors know the story of the homeward-bound helmsman who, when suddenly asked by the captain, " How's your head ?" replied with the idea in which he was so rapt at the moment, " Thirteen pound eleven and eightpenceif we pays off on the twentieth!" so much being what he had then calculated his wages to amount to. My thoughts at the time were not, however, running on the pay-table, for I was receiving only the somewhat nominal pay of one penny a month, necessary to make my indenture a legal document. Moreover, I had paid for the right of serving as a ship's boy for a term of four years the sum of thirty pounds down, not one penny of which was ever to be returned to me. My brains were more likely to have been occupied in reviewing my own circumstances at the time, and as I have never met an account of the state of affairs which has been the common lot of so many hundreds, I shall, without being more diffuse than will be consistent with the impartial 'telling of my little narrative, speak of my early career. I often wondered and wondered at that time if I really was a bad boy. I had run away to sea at the age of twelve years, after having been dismissed at the end of term from a large and well-known public school in a manner almostamounting to a private expulsion. This was in consequence of having made three long excursions out of bounds, during one of which I had spent all night in the woods?u...


Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: February 2012
First published: February 2012
Authors: John Fryer T Keane
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 88
ISBN-13: 978-0-217-73843-9
Barcode: 9780217738439
Categories: Books
LSN: 0-217-73843-5

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