Ships Across The Sea; Stories Of The American Navy In The Great War by Ralph Delahaye Paine

Ships Across The Sea; Stories Of The American Navy In The Great War

byRalph Delahaye Paine

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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. 1920. Excerpt: ... THE RED SECTOR When young Howard Glennan enlisted in the Naval Reserve, he had high hopes of being sent across the water to play the great game of hunting the Hun in destroyers. He shared this eager ambition with two hundred thousand other bluejackets who tugged at the leash of discipline and duty like so many terriers. To be kept at home in a training station or condemned to the coast patrol seemed like looking through the bars of a cage. The war had done more than reawaken the old shipyards of Spring Haven on the coast of Maine. The town which had drowsily recalled its brave memories of the seafaring of earlier generations now swarmed with fighting men in the blue and white of the Navy. They swung their hammocks in empty warehouses and drilled and scrubbed to the shrill mandates of the bugle and the boatswain's pipe. Their armed launches and power cruisers scurried seaward to chase phantom submarines and returned with wet and hungry crews. They were learning their trade against the time of need, and the spirit and traditions of the Service were quietly, swiftly moulding them anew. They themselves, their opinions and desires, were of no consequence. What the country and the Navy intended them to be and do--this was the vital factor, the one essential. The Army and its recruiting posters had held no charm for such a youth as Howard Glennan, who had been bred to salt water like his fathers before him, who had tried to run away to sea at the tender age of twelve and was dragged back to school a weeping mutineer. He belonged to the web-footed breed, and with the perversity which parents occasionally display, his dogmatic sire had compelled him to drudge in a grocery store and vowed to keep him there until he was twenty-one. The sea was played out, declaimed ...

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Title:Ships Across The Sea; Stories Of The American Navy In The Great WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:86 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217552269

ISBN - 13:9780217552264

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