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Mon Apr 03 04:36:39 2017 1 The Project Gutenberg EBook of Old Jack, by W.H.G.
Kingston This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Old Jack Author: W.H.G.
Kingston Release Date: October 17, 2007 [EBook #23049] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK OLD JACK *** Produced by Nick Hodson of London, England Old Jack, by W.H.G.
Kingston. ________________________________________________________________________ This novel is written as a biography of a seaman, whose life at sea starts as an illiterate boy-seaman, and whose career spans the last twenty years of the eighteenth century and the first third of the nineteenth.
We learn much of how ships were managed in those days, the press-gangs, the training, and the life of the common sailor in the fo’cstle.
We experience the life aboard a man-of-war, a merchantman, a whaler, and even spend a few years ashore among the cannibals of the Feejee islands.
There is a lot of meat in this book (not intended as a pun), and the reader will finish it with his or her eyes filled with wonderment.
We now give the preface which Kingston himself wrote for the book. Preface, by W.H.G.
Kingston. I had more than once, in my rambles in the neighbourhood of Blackheath, Greenwich and Woolwich, met an old man walking briskly along, whose appearance struck me as unusual; but we never even exchanged salutations.
One day, however, when I was in company with my friend Captain N--- of the Navy, seeing the stranger, he stopped and addressed a few words to him, from which I gleaned that he had been a sailor.
My friend told me, as we moved on, that he often had conversations on religious subjects with the old man, who had for long been in a South Sea whaler, and had seen many parts of the wo...

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