Nordhoff, Charles The Merchant Vessel

ISBN 13: 9780217356220

The Merchant Vessel

9780217356220: The Merchant Vessel

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. 1895 edition. Excerpt: ...and his own management for the rest. The officers are good navigators, and as to replacing a broken spar, they are prepared to study it out when it is needed. But of the two, the Yankee mostly comes out ahead. I found the discipline on board my new ship much different from that I had been used to. The men weu ordered about less gently, and did their work more sul lenly The line of separation between fore and aft was more strictly drawn. Each man was expected to know his duty as a seaman, and do it, and woe to him who in any particular fell short. The British sailor--poor fellow--has rights. His importance to the national welfare has had the effect of hedging him about with a barrier of preventives, to such an extent that he cannot turn around but what he stepa on one of the very laws enacted to secure him against the imposition of his superiors. The law prescribes that he shall have a certain allowance of provisions--barely enough for a man of moderate appetite--and if it rained victuals he could not get any more. The law provides that he shall be allowed his forenoon watch below, and therefore the captain takes care that he shall be kept on deck all the afternoon. The law specifies certain duties, which the seaman must be able to perform; and however unnecessary or uncalled for some of these may be, unless he is entirely aufait of them, the captain considerately docks his wages. The law provides that the owner shall pay off his men within a certain number of days after the arrival of the ship at her port of discharge, and the oaptain and owner take care not to do so a day before. Thus Jack Tar, with his rights securely protect! d. and the law entirely on his side, finds himself almost altogether helpless, and without a single privilege....

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