Fragments Of Voyages And Travels Volume 1 by Basil HallFragments Of Voyages And Travels Volume 1 by Basil Hall

Fragments Of Voyages And Travels Volume 1

byBasil Hall

Paperback | May 20, 2014

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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. 1832 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IX. KEEPING WATCH. With a few exceptions, every person on board a man-of-war keeps watch in his turn: and as this is one of the most important of the wheels which go to make up the curious clock-work of a ship's discipline, it seems to deserve a word or two in passing. The officers and midshipmen are generally divided into three watches--First, Second, and Third. As the senior lieutenant does not keep watch, the officer next in rank takes the First, the junior lieutenant the Second, and the master the Third watch, in ships where there are not more than three lieutenants. Under each of these chiefs there is placed a squad of midshipmen; the principal one of whom is mate of the watch, the next in seniority is stationed on the forecastle, and after him comes the poop mid. The youngsters remain on the lee-side of the deck along with the mate of the watch. For it must be observed, that no persons but the captain, the lieutenants, the master, surgeon, purser, and marine officer, are ever allowed, upon any occasion whatsoever, to walk on the weather side of the quarterdeck. This custom has become so much a matter of course, that I hardly remember asking myself before, what may have been the origin of the regulation. The chief purpose, no doubt, is to draw a strong line of distinction between the different ranks; although, independently of this, the weather side is certainly the most convenient to walk upon when the ship ig pressed with sail: it is also the best sheltered from wind and rain; and the view both low and aloft is more commanding than from to leeward. Every person, not excepting the captain, when he puts his foot on this sacred spot, touches his hat; and as this salutation is supposed to be paid to the privileged region...
Title:Fragments Of Voyages And Travels Volume 1Format:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217836038

ISBN - 13:9780217836036