The Making of a Man-o'-Warsman

1910 by
Street & Finney
New York

Eighth Edition

Bureau of Navigation
Navy Department, Washington, D.C.
May 1910

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The Making of a Man-o'-Warsman


     There is a fascination about a life that follows the sea, from port to port, from country to country, from ocean to ocean, amid ever-changing, ever-shifting scenes, as compared with the quiet, stationary, though commendable, life in the factory, the farm or the office.

     There is fascination about being one of the crew of a ship of the United States Navy; the Navy that carries the Stars and Stripes; the Navy that produced a John Paul Jones, a Lawrence, a Decatur, a Perry, a Farragut, a Porter and a Dewey, the Navy that gave birth to such expressions as "I have only begun to fight," "Don't give up the ship," "We have met the enemy and they are ours," "Damn the torpedoes; go ahead!" "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley"-expressions that will live in the minds of men forever.

     There are fascinations in a man-o' -warsman' s life other than the spectacular and patriotic side. During the bluejacket's leisure hours (and he has many) there are numerous pleasures and entertainments to occupy him. There are fencing and boxing matches, concerts aboard ship every night by the ship's band, short concerts each morning during breakfast hour, dancing, minstrel shows by the crew's own troupe, use of the ship's boats when

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