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NAVAL reader of as any that may have made a round
Dana's “Two Years voyage in the same vessel.
Before the Mast Of course in speaking of ships I
must wonder at shall be understood to mean tacks and
the insignificance sheets-not the funnel and the propel-
of the organic ler. The steamboat is a supplement-
changes which have al condition of the marine life—a par-
happened in the ticular happy after-thought! She is

vocation of the sea no more a ship than a locomotive is a
since that inimitable and exquisite min- stage-coach. Her sentience is mechan-
iature of forecastle life was given to ic; her wings are of steam.
the world. We use iron and steel and The sailing ship is informed and pos-
rivets where our fathers employed wood sessed by the spirit of the "viewless
and treenails and copper bolts ; masts winds." Hers is the life, and hers the
are supported by wire when the old beauty, too, of the cloud. It is the
shrouds and stays were of hemp; we conditions of her being which create
have got rid of the cathead and the and shape the sailor's calling. If I am
spritsail yard ; our tops are no longer asked how it is with Jack on board the
big enough to give a dance in ; we have steamboat, my answer must be, I don't
ground off the channels into smooth know.
sides, hove the deadeyes overboard, and I have gone to several steamship
* set up” the rigging, as it is called, companies for information about the
with a convenient machinery of screws duties of the A. B. and O. S. aboard the
-everything coming inboards, spite of propelled keel, and have not been able
an ever-narrowing beam. And still the to make much of the information sent
organic and structural changes are so

The quarter-master has charge
few that, bring Dana out of his lits of the helm. He is doubtless an able
tle brig Pilgrim and put him aboard seaman, and an able seaman, therefore,
one of your four-masted metal fabrics on board a steamer, apparently knows
of to-day, with her double topsail and how to steer a ship. But is this neces-
double top-gallant yards complicating sarily so? An amidship helm at twen-
the heavens which her yard-arms span ty-three knots an hour is scarcely the
into a very nightmare of bewildering same as having to “meet her” with a
interlacery, and after a few hours he taut bowline and lifting leeches and a
shall be jumping and running to the thunderous head-sea within seven points
shouts of the quarter-deck with as dis- of the bow.
cerning an eye and as unerring a hand An able seaman aboard a steamer

Copyright, 1893, by Charles Scribner's Sons. All rights reserved,

to me.


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