London Society Volume 6

London Society Volume 6

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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. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ... the bosom of the Thames, within hail of the Erith shore, there lies a man-of-war named tho 'Worcester, ' whoso destiny has been a singular one. She was laid down in the days when we were fighting the French both on sea and land; but it so happened, owing to tho war having been brought to a conclusion, that there was no immediate need for more wooden walls, and the 'Worcester' was not commissioned. Her services were not required then, and for some reason or other, best known to tho Admiralty, they have never been called into requisition since; and thus the vessel enjoys the singular distinction of being a veteran man-of-war that has never been to sea. Her path has never been over anything more stormy than the placid bosom of the Thames; her home has been chiefly in the dock, and her flag has braved nothing more serious in the way of battle than the gun practice on the Woolwich marshes. Yet, for all this, it is highly probable that, in her last account, the 'Worcester' will be a heavier creditor of the nation than many more famous vessels thnt have gone forth upon tho stormy seas and fought and conquered. This apparent paradox will be fully understood when it is explained that the' Worcester' has become a school for training boys for tho profession of tho sea. The difficulty of finding properly qualified officers for merchant vessels has long been felt by our shipowners. Of lute years our maritime commerce has increased at a marvellous rate, great improvements havo taken place in the construction of ships, important discoveries have been made in the art of navigation--everything relating to the sailing of tho seas has made progress except the officers. In most cases down to this present timo tho skippers and mates of a merchant vessel have remained..show more

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  • Paperback | 420 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 22mm | 744g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236596102
  • 9781236596109