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Title: A sailor’s life under four sovereigns
Year: 1899 (1890s)
Authors: Keppel, Henry, Sir, 1809-1904
Subjects: Great Britain. Royal Navy
Publisher: London : Macmillan and co., limited New York, The Macmillan company
Contributing Library: University of California Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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going to report myself. Name Keppel. Come along with me. chap, ii The Tweed, 1824 27 I was shortly ushered out of the cold into thepresence of Mrs. Hunn and two charming youngladies in a warmdrawing-room, anddinner ready. Neverwas such good for-tune ! Never was Iso hungry ! The coxswain wassent for my clothes, abed made up on thesofa. The next day Iwas installed gigsmidshipman. Rathera good beginning,which I fully appreci-ated. I did not troublemyself about the fit-ting out. Just beforestarting we were sup-plied with a propor-tion of smugglers,whose penalty fordefrauding HisMajesty was to serve before the mast on board a man-of-war. Theywere equal to our best seamen. We sailed from Portsmouth on April 12, Mrs.Hunn and my playfellows with us. We saluted theflag of our Commander-in-Chief, Admiral Sir JamesHawkins Whitshed, and anchored at Spithead, whichwe left on 18th, anchoring successively at Cowes,Yarmouth Roads, and Plymouth Sound, saluting theflag of the Hon. A. J. Cochrane. 1824.
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28 A Sailors Life CHAP. 1824. Among the frequent anchorings and departures Ilearnt some of the various duties expected of officersof my particular rank. One of these was to hold adip in the tier while the great hempen cable attachedto the anchor was being hove in, and stowed byquartermasters below the reach of daylight. It wasa neat piece of seamanship, on which the best and theleast experienced of petty officers were employed.The tier was a large oblong space. The end of theworking cable was secured in the bottom of the ship,frequently round the heel of the mainmast. Toheave in the cable with anchor attached required amessenger without an end. This was a smallcable of proper proportions passed round the capstanand forebits, so that one side ran parallel to the cable,to which it was secured by nippers that held it untilnear the hatchway above the cable tier. As the nippers were taken off, boys were stationedto carry them forward to be reapplied ; the capstanbars were manned by marines
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