This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 Excerpt: ...possessed all the reckless bravery of his family, in spite of his lack of experience with modern ships and guns. To me fell the next office, that of executive and navigating officer. Next in rank was Lieutenant J. J. Meany, a young American officer of the merchant service, who had received his nautical education at the hands of American naval officers on the sehoolship St. Mary's, at New York. Meany was the only officer on the ship besides myself who was a practical navigator, with any experience in handling a ship. It was only when he was on watch on deck that I could sleep with any feeling of security. The other officers were former apprentices and petty officers in the United States Navy. They were without exception loyal, willing', courageous young fellows, eager to do the best they could. They were admirable gunners; they could take a machine gun to pieces and put it together again in a jiffy. What they did not know about modern ammunition and ordnance was not worth knowing. Their only shortcomings were their ignorance of navigation and their lack of experience in the handling of men. Not one of them had ever before stood a deck watch. Upon me fell the task of assembling a crew. Anyone who wants a crew of good, reckless, hard-fighting soldiers of fortune need only come to San Francisco to get them. The task I expected to be a difficult one was easy. The best of material for a crew for such an expedition as ours was on hand in abundance. The supply exceeded the demand. I re solved to accept none but Americans, giving the preference to honorably discharged men from the United States Navy. The result was that I got an all-American crew, the majority of them being seasoned man-of-wars-men. It was as fine a crew as one could wish. Always willing, always obe...
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