Adventures of Marshall Vavasour, Midshipman

Adventures of Marshall Vavasour, Midshipman

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...Mediterranean, and so it was that eight days after Vavasour had come on shore, a sailor boy in the bows of the admiral's barge, he found himself in midshipman's uniform, with a well-filled chest, going off in the ship's cutter to join the "Malicious" as an officer, or rather "young gentleman," which was the correct term in those days. The boat's crew knew nothing concerning the identity of the mid in the stern sheets with the boy, who, indeed, during his short stay on board had not become known to any of the men. Mr. Pringle, however, the first lieutenant, had heard his story, and shook hands when he came up and reported himself in the proper formula, touching his cap, "Come on board to join, sir." The chest was hoisted in, ordered to be stowed away in the after cockpit, and Vavasour found his way to the midshipmen's mess in the gun-room, a large and airy apartment on the lower deck, lighted by six ports, four of which were occupied by long 32-pounders, the two stern ports being clear. "Rather better quarters," thought he, "than Morris's dark cabin." Delighted though Marshall was with the bright change in his prospects and the restoration to the society of his equals, he was not one to forget an old friend; and so, after making acquaintance with his new messmates, he left the gun-room and went to the gunner's cabin. The powder-lighter was alongside, and Mr. Morris was just then comforting his heart, after a hard morning's work in the magazine, with a "sevenbeller"--the glass of grog taken at seven bells (half-past eleven)--the hour when the daily ration of rum is served out. The boatswain was doing exactly the same thing in his cabin, and the carpenter in his. Truth to tell, the three...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236532406
  • 9781236532404