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of every man.  He is given a hammock and taught how to sling it, how to lash it neatly and handily.  His hammock is his bed, and unlashing his hammock is making his bed for the night.  It is surprising to see how simple the whole process is, once the recruit has mastered the trick.

on Board a

     All of this takes place in well-heated and well-ventilated barracks.  The dormitories on the upper floors are fitted with hammock hooks just as they are on board ship.  When these early lessons are learned the recruit is taught to swim.  There is a fine swimming pool (with heated water for cool months) and petty officers are detailed to teach each apprentice seamen, by the aid of rope and tackle, to look out for himself in the water.  It doesn't take very long to make a  good swimmer out of the average healthy boy.  In other hours of the day his drills and setting-up exercises occur.

on Deck


     The walls of the drill hall are covered with representations of flags of all nations and the signal codes.  Wherever the eye looks there is opportunity to learn something.  A huge compass is painted on the wall, in exact representation of the compass on board a man-o'-war.  If he does not soon learn to box the compass it is his own fault.  There is a "log" and a "leadline" where he can learn the "marks" and "deeps" and there are stages out on the breakwaters near by, where he is shown how to heave the lead.

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