Spun-Yarn; Sea Stories

Spun-Yarn; Sea Stories

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ...Captain Swarth, as he flashed his keen eyes over the rickety fabric aloft; 'but we'll find a better one soon. How do the boys stand the pumping?' Mr. Angel Todd, first mate and quartermaster, filled a black pipe before answering. Then, between the first and second deep puffs, he said: 'Growlin'--dammum.' 'At the work?' 'Yep, and the grub. And they say the 'tween-deck and forecastle smells o' bedbugs and bilge-water, and they want their grog. "An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity."' Mr. Todd had been educated for the pulpit; but, going out as a missionary, he had fallen into ungodly ways and taken to the sea, where he was more successful. Many of his old phrasings clung to him. 'Well, ' drawled the captain, 'men get fastidious and high-toned in this business--can't blame them--but we've got to make the coast, and if we don't pick up something on the way, we must careen and stop the leak. Then they'll have something to growl about.' 'S'pose the brig follows us in?' 'Hope she will, ' said Captain Swarth with a pleasant smile and a lightening of his eyes--'hope she will, and give me a chance. Her majestic widowship owes me a brig, and that's a fine one.' Mr. Todd had never been known to smile, but at this speech he lifted one eyebrow and turned his saturnine face full at his superior, inquiry written upon every line of it. Captain Swarth was musing, however, and said no more; so the mate, knowing better than to attempt probing his mind, swung his long figure down the poop-ladder, and went forward to harass the men--which, in their opinion, was all he was good for. According to his mood, Mr. Todd's speech was choicest English or the cosmopolitan, technical slang of the sea, mingled with...show more

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  • Paperback | 102 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 195g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236805976
  • 9781236805973