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Hopkinson Smith Release Date: December 3, 2007 [EBook #23702] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK A LIST TO STARBOARD *** Produced by David Widger A LIST TO STARBOARD By F.
Hopkinson Smith 1909 I A short, square chunk of a man walked into a shipping office on the East Side, and inquired for the Manager of the Line.
He had kindly blue eyes, a stub nose, and a mouth that shut to like a rat-trap, and stayed shut.
Under his chin hung a pair of half-moon whiskers which framed his weather-beaten face as a spike collar frames a dog’s. -You don’t want to send this vessel to sea again,- blurted out the chunk.
-She ought to go to the dry-dock.
Her boats haven’t had a brushful of paint for a year; her boilers are caked clear to her top flues, and her pumps won’t take care of her bilge water.
Charter something else and lay her up.- The Manager turned in his revolving chair and faced him.
He was the opposite of the Captain in weight, length, and thickness--a slim, well-groomed, puffy-cheeked man of sixty with a pair of uncertain, badly aimed eyes and a voice like the purr of a cat. -Oh, my dear Captain, you surely don’t mean what you say.
She is perfectly seaworthy and sound.
Just look at her inspection--- and he passed him the certificate. -No--I don’t want to see it! I know ’em by heart: it’s a lie, whatever it says.
Give an inspector twenty dollars and he’s stone blind.- The Manager laughed softly.
He had handled too many rebellious captains Tue Apr 04 21:37:19 2017 2 in his time...

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