Our Many-Sided Navy

Our Many-Sided Navy

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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. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ... depends whether the ship wins the Boat-Pulling Trophy. The English system of more general athletic participation, rather than individual excellence, has gained a strong hold on the Navy. No man is "forced or entreated" to take part in any sport, but every man that wishes is given the opportunity for the asking. But, love as he may the scrub games, the bluejacket of our "National University," like his fellow-student of the college on shore, can never give up the idea of the 'Varsity, and, afloat as on shore, we therefore have the picked few upon whose efforts depends the honor of the ship. Jn ihe pulling! j?aces, that responsibility rests with the race-boat; crewj those well-developed oarsmen, twelve in number; who, year in and year out, keep in training and'strive to retain their places in the boat in-.the eager competition of the aspiring"' bars?1 Every afternoon, under the vigorous direction of their coxswain, they leave the ship for an hour's pull round the fleet, and then go through a course of gymnastic exercises that, for some people, would in itself constitute a hard day's work. The true test of those hours of preparation is now at hand. The race-boats of the fleet, representing each of the seventeen battleships present, are lined up between the two stake-boats at the wide entrance of Guantanamo Bay. "Are you ready?" Then the loud report of the onepounder in the bow of the referee's steam-launch. They are off. It is a test of real oarsmanship, for the boats are precisely the same as to size, equipment, and weight. Like all navy boat-races, it is a "one design" class race, in which the boats vary only in the small features that the boatbuilders themselves cannot control. The present contest is...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236530829
  • 9781236530820