The Ships Company and Other Sea People J.D. Jerrold Kelley

ISBN: 9781443776196

Published: October 27th 2008


328 pages


The Ships Company and Other Sea People  by  J.D. Jerrold Kelley

The Ships Company and Other Sea People by J.D. Jerrold Kelley
October 27th 2008 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 328 pages | ISBN: 9781443776196 | 4.60 Mb

THE SHIPS COMPANY WHEN the breeze is piping free and the tide is running strong none but a master-seaman may be trusted to haul out of the LivcrpooI Docks a great Atlantic liner. Should it be a Leeward ebb, with the Mersey spinning under a flurry of squalls and snarling in angry eddies, a quick eye must mate a clear wit to make the trick a deft one.

The manouvre is always a delight to the mariner, let bosns, hopelessly spliced to such traditions as topsails reefed in stays, bawl what they may about the dead days of seamanship. For here are unfolded the mysteries of the art, and here are excrcised all the higher qualities of the sailor, and just as much, believe me, as in the old times when the gray piers and oozy quays were crowded to cheer our famous clippers warping in and out to the music of barbaric chanties.

Beach-combers, shore-huggers-mere Abrahams men will tell you the poetry is gone out of it all, and will, with much damning of their eyes, and shifting of their quids, and hitching of their tarry trousers, try to persuade you that steam has mined the genuine sailors of story and of song. But this is mere transpontine nonsence, for above and beyond everything he who commands a ship, smoker or sailer, as it may chance, must first of all be a seaman...

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