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     The crew of a man-o'-war sleeps in hammocks.  To the landsman this might imply discomfort, not knowing what a sailor's hammock is.  It is made of canvas, and contains a hair mattress, and is as comfortable as any bed, being provided with two woolen blankets of good quality.  When a man gets down into that pliant hammock, swinging with the motion of the ship, and beneath the woolen blankets, he is as comfortable as any bed could make him.



     Every ship in the Navy is provided with shower-baths of hot or cold salt water.  There are also hot or cold fresh-water baths.  If the ship is in a climate where the water is warm enough, men are permitted to bathe in the sea.  From the very beginning of his career in the Navy, the bluejacket is taught that cleanliness of person is demanded by his shipmates.


     The Navy requires men of varied knowledge to operate its ships.  It requires seamen to steer, man the boats, handle the anchors, and clean the ships; clerks, stenographers and bookkeepers to attend to its clerical work; nurses to care for the sick on board ship and in the hospitals ashore; commissary stewards and cooks; carpenters, machinists, plumbers, painters, ship-fitters, coppersmiths, blacksmiths and boilermakers to keep the ships in repair, and expert gun-pointers and gunners' mates to man the guns.

     In order to get experienced men to fill all its requirements, the Navy maintains a number of schools, or training stations, where each recruit is educated to fill a position in some of the above-named branches before he is put on board a man-o'-war.

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