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How different it had been. His father’s officers smiling and friendly, some almost subservient in his presence. Rather different from his later introduction as a midshipman, when lieutenants had appeared bad tempered and intolerant. Scroggs was at his side again. ” He thrust a folded piece of paper into his hand. Bolitho picked up his hat and hurried past the big desk. He was almost through the screen door when the captain’s voice ­halted him in his tracks. ” “Very well. ” Conway looked down at his papers and waited for the door to close.

In the near-darkness of the low-beamed deck he could see seamen ducking and clambering around each great ­thirty-two-pounder, heard their bare feet grating on the sand which some ship’s boys had sprinkled liberally around the decks to stop them slipping or falling during the drill. Some light filtered down from the companion on the upper deck, and he was able to see the gun crews checking their gear and casting off the breechings to check the training tackles and test their handspikes. High overhead they could hear the muffled squeal of blocks as nets were rigged above the deck and its guns to protect the men underneath from falling spars and broken rigging.

Verling turned towards him, his beaky nose displaying his scorn. ” Hope sounded downcast. Richard Bolitho— Midshipman 33 The captain ignored both of them. He said, “Pass the word to the gunner, if you please. To run out a bow chaser and fire one ball as near as he can. ” But the solitary crash of a forward nine-pounder brought nothing more than a rush of seamen from below decks in the ­Gorgon herself. The idling barquentine continued to drift, her forward sails almost aback, her big fore-and-aft canvas on main and mizzen shivering in a heat haze.

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