Life in the Mercantile Marine by Charles ProtheroeLife in the Mercantile Marine by Charles Protheroe

Life in the Mercantile Marine

byCharles Protheroe

Paperback | February 1, 2012

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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. 1903. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVI An interesting Industry--Forest Giants--Gum Diggers--A Servitude Skipper--His Peculiarities--Gin and Cockroaches--A remarkable Wreck--A defective Invention. When I arrived at Auckland I was rather dubious about going to the Sailors' Home, my experience of that sort of institution being anything but pleasant in Melbourne. Had I not been in rather a state of hard-upness I should probably have passed by on the opposite side, and in consequence have placed it in the same rating as the other. I'm rather glad I didn't do it this injustice, for there was no comparison between them, but it is not my intention to say more about it beyond the fact that good wine needs no bush, and every sailorman who has used the place, being gifted with an ordinary amount of common sense, must of necessity appreciate it. My brother making his appearance we departed up country, and it was whilst on our way thither he imparted the painful news that told me my haste was useless and my journey vain. Crushed and humiliated I would have given anything to wipe away the sin of carelessness with which I reproached myself, and would so now, to have it otherwise, but mercifully even sorrow caused by the loss of those we love best, and the want of something done towards them, has no power to hold in thrall for long the spirits of the young and healthy. This being the case, in time I became interested in my surroundings, and from a most favourable position, the place itself, I obtained an insight of the two staple industries of that part of the colony, Kauri timber and Kauri gum. In the absence of the Kauri pine, king of the New Zealand forest, and only found in the province of Auckland, I suppose the settlers, as they did further south, would have gone in for sheep-raising and woo...
Title:Life in the Mercantile MarineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217962823

ISBN - 13:9780217962827