Ben Brace; The Last of Nelson's Agamemnons Volume 2

Ben Brace; The Last of Nelson's Agamemnons Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...But before we got to Old England again, we went down among the Barbary boys, and had the admiral's flag on board of us. If they had not done just what the admiral liked, which was to pay us some dollars and send some shaves away, we would have made such a noise in the bay of Algiers that fish would have been dear in the market. Well, that was done; home we came; and, as usual with all stationers, went to Portsmouth. " ' Well, Tom, ' said I to myself, ' here you are all safe after the war, with a grisly head and a petty officer's rating; and now you may just ship a broom under your arm and sweep a crossing, or volunteer and be refused by the captain of a collier. What am I to do, ' thinks I, ' on half pay?--nothing a day and feed yourself, won't do. And now, although I've grumbled occasionally about a piece of pork being bad, and the beef being made out of a salted horse; yet I'm thinking that when the pay is gone, ship's allowance will be better that monkey's--more kicks than halfpence.' " Well, I turned all this end for end in the cable-tier of my mind, and I did not like it. I was getting old in the service, but I had not a friend left in the world. I had done my duty like a man, and I had been as often in action as any man in the fleet; but what was that? I had not a shot in my hull, and my spars were all safe and strong. I knew that if I went to volunteer for a ship on the peace-establishment, the first lieutenant would have turned round upon his heel, never have looked at my certificates, but would say, ' Very likely, my fine fellow; you may have been with Nelson, Collingwood, and Exmouth--(for they had made a Lord of Sir Edward Pellew)--but we want young active men. Here, Mr. Jonas, see this old fellow out of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236901991
  • 9781236901996