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Man-of-war life

Author: Charles Nordhoff; Vincent McInerney
Publisher: Barnsley : Seaforth Publishing, 2013. ©2013
Series: Seafarers' voices, 9.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: Charles Nordhoff; Charles Nordhoff
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Nordhoff; Vincent McInerney
ISBN: 9781848321649 1848321643
OCLC Number: 815366405
Description: xii, 195 pages : maps ; 19 cm.
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Editorial note; Introduction; 1 Why I went to sea --
finding it impossible to gain a place on a merchant vessel, I ship as 'Boy' in the American Navy and am put aboard the receiving ship (or 'guardo') Experiment, Navy Yard, Philadelphia --
how 'green hands' are fitted out.; 2 Life on board a guardo --
I learn to fall out of a hammock --
the draft is made up for New York and the Columbus --
adventures on route --
on board the Columbus I am taken ill, put in the sickbay, given up for dead; 3 To sea at last, 4 June 1844 as we begin our three year cruise --
hunting down a 'mess' --
account of the Columbus: her crew their duties; 4 First days and nights at sea --
the commander's cure for 'chewing tobacco' --
a grand row in the boys' mess --
breaking in green hands --
all hands' to muster. Every man his own washerwoman --
a word concerning thieving on board ship --
the northeast trades --
sailors turn tailors --
the doldrums --
chasing the wind.; 5 Arrival at Rio --
life in port --
'dumps', the currency of the bumboats, fifty to the dollar --
I taste a banana for the first time --
depart Rio; 6 Once clear of Rio the whole crew summoned to witness floggings --
the southeast trades as we head for Java --
a gale off the Cape of Good Hope --
St Paul's and New Amsterdam Islands --
return to fine weather --
water spouts. 7 Java Head --
Batavia --
sail for China --
sea-serpents --
becalmed off Borneo we almost drift ashore to a warm native welcome --
running short of water, some chose to drink from the sea, Commodore Biddle's cure for this: half-a-dozen apiece --
weevily and wormy bread --
water that cannot be approached until having stood for two hours --
Death of a lieutenant --
funeral at sea --
burial of an officer and a foremast hand contrasted --
China: Macao and Canton --
Chinese forts and junks --
the Tartars and their duckboats --
visit to Manila --
the cholera comes on board --
return to Macao --
Amoy and Chusan: the crew petition for 'Liberty' and are refused --
we hear of America's war with Mexico. 9 We 'Boys' given time ashore --
a Chinese farm --
sail for Japan --
Yeddo Bay --
incidents of our stay and Japanese espionage --
towed out of the harbour by Japanese boats who wish only to see our backs; 10 The Sandwich Islands --
Honolulu --
labours of the missionary --
leave for the South America coast. 11 Valparaiso (the Vale of Paradise) --
two Sundays in one week --
foremast hands now granted their first liberty of the cruise --
Jack ashore --
lassoing a sailor --
we watch Judas being hung in Callao --
California where an abundance of beef means I cannot face a soup bone for the rest of my life --
horrible story of Mormon settlers coming west to San Francisco; 12 Homeward-bound --
goodbye to California --
Valparaiso once more --
another 'Liberty' and its bloody consequences;13 Leaving Rio --
the last passage --
Norfolk, Virginia --
paid off --
having had my surfeit of bondage I determine to ship next voyage in the merchant marine.
Series Title: Seafarers' voices, 9.
Responsibility: Charles Nordhoff ; edited with an introduction by Vincent McInerney.

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