Will Watch; From the Auto-Biography of a British Officer Volume 2

Will Watch; From the Auto-Biography of a British Officer 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. 1834 edition. Excerpt: ... getting an Irish peerage of the same name. The four subordinate admirals, were rewarded with baronetcies, the captains received medals, the lieutenants obtained promotion, and the midshipmen--oh!hem!--ha!--yes--they had the honour of the affair! Such of the ships as had not behaved with the gallantry that should distinguish English men-ofwar, were of course omitted in the list of rewards; and one Captain M--ll--y of the C--s--r, our van ship, was deservedly brought to a courtmartial and dismissed his command. Having been allowed ample time to refit our ships and recruit ourselves, I had once more returned on board, when Lord Howe sailed from Spithead, tocollect his channel fleet in Torbay, from which, in the beginning of September we again weighed, and made sail for the French coast. Our numbers were at this date, as large as when we had sailed from St. Helen's on the preceding May: amounting, as then, to no less than thirty-four sail of the line.----Five of these Were however Portuguese. On the evening of the day that we sailed from Torbay, Captain Burgos, who was on the poop, beckoned me to his side, and said, "Arran-did Admiral Fluke tell you he had spoken to me about your keeping watch.9 " " He did, Sir." "Ah! and very good of him 'twas to think of ye--lucky dog you are, I can tell you, to meet with such a friend----wish I'd had such a, one at starting!----Most men, if they'd troubled themselves to get a youngster his promotion, would have thought that enough. But Fluke, d'ye see, wishes you should be a sailor before he makes you a lientenant--gad, he's right--he's right--that is--you know when I say right--I don't mean exactly right--because--d'ye...show more

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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236993616
  • 9781236993618