Poor Jack

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Longman, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1840 - England - 384 pages
"Drawing on a mass of contemporary material spanning four millennia, this book follows the merchant seaman ashore and afloat through the typical vicissitudes of his exotic but uncertain life. Although it is an unsentimental 'warts and all' portrayal, it is nevertheless an affectionate valedictory tribute to a lifestyle that has almost vanished."--Amazon.
 

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Page 43 - There was an old woman who lived In a shoe, She had so many children, she didn't know what to do. She gave them some broth without any bread, She whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.
Page 114 - Spanish ladies, Farewell, and adieu to you ladies of Spain ! For we've received orders for to sail for old England, But we hope in a short time to see you again.
Page 116 - Then a signal was made for the grand fleet to anchor All in the Downs, that night for to sleep; Then stand by your stoppers, let go your shank-painters, Haul all your clew-garnets, stick out tacks and sheets.
Page 90 - If you think, sir, that you can manage the ship better than I can, you had better take the command.' I was in the waist at the time, with a good many more men, and we heard what the carpenter said, and what answer the lieutenant gave.
Page 43 - Little Jack Horner Sat in a corner Eating his Christmas pie. He put in his thumb And pulled out a plum And said:
Page 114 - Dick turned uneasily on the sofa, for he could hear the bows of the Barralong crashing into the green seas on her way to the Southern Cross. Then came the chorus — "We'll rant and we'll roar like true British sailors, We'll rant and we'll roar across the salt seas, Until we take soundings in the Channel of Old England From Ushant to Scilly 'tis forty-five leagues." "Thirty-five — thirty-five," said Dick petulantly. " Don't tamper with Holy Writ. Go on, Nilghai.
Page 112 - Perceiving that he was dressed so differently from the other pensioners, one of the ladies' curiosity was excited ; and at last she called him to her, and said : — " ' Pray, my good man, why do you wear a yellow coat, when the other pensioners have blue ones ? ' " ' Bless your handsome face, ma'am !' replied Dick, ' don't you really know ?' ** ' No, indeed ! ' replied she. "'Well, then, ma'am, perhaps you may have heard of the glorious battle of the Nile, in which Nelson gave the French such a...
Page 4 - Mediterranean ; that he was made captain of the foretop, and sailed six years in the East Indies ; and, at last, was rated captain's coxswain in the Druid frigate, attached to the Channel fleet cruising during the peace. Having thus condensed the genealogical and chronological part of this history, I now come to a portion of it in which it will be necessary that I should enter more into detail. The frigate in which my father eventually served as captain's coxswain was commanded by a Sir Hercules...
Page 88 - Here Ben shoved the ale to Turner, who drank a little and proceeded ; while Ben took a swig and passed it round. -'' Well, you see, messmates, the first lieutenant had been washing the decks on the morning before, and the carpenter had been ordered to let the water in, when it was found that the water-cock which was about three feet below the water line, was out of order, and it was necessary that it should be repaired. The foreman came off from the dock-yard, and stated that it was necessary that...
Page 78 - ... where else, although there were several schools more appropriate : she declared that Virginia should not mix with the vulgar ungenteel girls of the place ; and that, if she had demeaned herself by marrying below her rank, at all events her daughter should be brought up as she ought to be. The neighbours laughed at her, but my mother did not care; she worked hard, and always was ready to pay the quarter's bill for schooling whenever it was due. To me, Sunday was a day of rejoicing ; I was so glad...

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