Household Words Volume 13

Household Words Volume 13

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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. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ... I came fresh from the huge engine-room, and the decks, and the cabins, and the galley--with all the scenery of the Amazon stamped on my imagination--and thought of the dark stormy night, and the sudden springing fire, and the wild wind, and the terror--I was in no humour to be critical. I was in no humour to say, --whydid not they do so and so? Thankfully acknowledging whatwas good in the arrangements I saw around me, I had far too clear an image of that night to be inclined to talk speculatively of what ought to have been done--according to my notion--or Ca tain Bigwig's notion, or Admira Bluster, K.C.B.'s notion, either. As an instance of the scale on which these Companies arrange the personnel of their vessels (of which we shall havemore to say in a future article), let us just see how man officers the Orinoco musters. esides the commander, there are five "officers"--technically so called--answering to the mates in a ship; four midshipmen; three warrant officers; a purser, and purser's clerk; a surgeon; six engineers, and a boiler-master; and four quartermasters. Of course, the superior rank of these have their cabins; and a large stafl' of servants is ke t up for the saloon. A particular y snug cabin, I was glad to see, is devoted to the lieutenant in charge of the mails; and if I know anything of the profession, the "Admiralty Agent" has a very jolly time of it. Since my above-recorded visit, the OrIDoCo has made a voyage to and from the VVest Indies, with batches of passengers and bullion--besides the eleven hundred tons of coal, and the three hundred tons of cargo, which she stows away in that big hull of hers. She called at St. Thomas's with the mails; thundered away to...show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236809939
  • 9781236809933