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The Three Admirals   By: (1814-1880)

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The Three Admirals. Life in the Royal Navy in the 1860s. By W.H.G. Kingston.

This is the fourth in Kingston's tetralogy that begins with The Three Midshipmen, and ends with The Three Admirals. These books were among the first written by Kingston, and were published serially in weekly magazines. Kingston's reputation was made by these books, that first appeared about 1860, and dealt with an officer's life in the Navy at about that time.

By an extraordinary co incidence, the three young men who had met as midshipmen, get postings that enable them to keep their friendships live even when they are Admirals. Another old friend is Admiral Triton, who, is now dead and buries on the Isle of Wight, but they get to visit his grave.

This is actually quite a long book, but it is full of adventures, and you will love it as much as you loved its predecessors.

THE THREE ADMIRALS. LIFE IN THE ROYAL NAVY IN THE 1860s. BY W.H.G. KINGSTON.

CHAPTER ONE.

THE DRAGON OFF THE BONINS A CONVERSATION BETWEEN TOM ROGERS AND ARCHIE GORDON GERALD DESMOND ON THE SICK LIST THREATENINGS OF A TYPHOON IT STRIKES THE SHIP SHE RUNS BEFORE IT THE SHIP HOVE TO THE BOWSPRIT CARRIED AWAY A MARINE WILL O' THE WISP ENTER A BAY IN ONE OF THE BONIN ISLANDS TOM, GERALD, AND BILLY GET LEAVE TO VISIT THE SHORE A BEAUTIFUL CAVERN LAND ON THE ISLAND THEIR DISCOVERIES FISHING INTERRUPTED BY SHARKS A PICNIC BOAT DRIFTS AWAY FROM THE SHORE TOM SWIMS OFF NARROW ESCAPE FROM A SHARK SEE THE SHIP IN THE OFFING PULL AFTER HER A HURRICANE COMING ON FEARFUL DANGER WHEN RE ENTERING THE HARBOUR.

Her Majesty's corvette Dragon , lately commanded by our old friend Jack Rogers, who had been superseded by Commander Rawson, was on her passage across the wide Pacific, bound for Esquimault harbour, Vancouver's Island, from Japan, to which she had been sent with despatches.

The wind being fair, the screw was at rest, and she was under all sail, looking as trim and taunt a little man of war as a sailor's heart could desire. Her stay in Japan had been short, so that no leave had been granted, and even the officers had seen little of the country and people; though, as they hoped to return before long, that did not much matter. As it was of no great importance that the Dragon should soon get back to Vancouver's Island, Commander Rawson had received directions to visit the Ladrone Islands, somewhat to the southward of his course, in order to obtain particulars of an outrage, said to have been committed on an English subject by some of the mongrel inhabitants of those islands, which have for some centuries belonged to Spain.

The smooth sea shone brightly in the rays of the sun, undimmed by cloud or mist. In all directions the snowy wings of sea fowl could be seen, now dipping towards the ocean, now rising into the blue ether, showing that land was at no great distance. As the wind was from the northward, the air was cool, though the shady side of the ship was generally sought for by the watch on deck, except by a few whose heads seemed impervious to the hot rays of a tropical sun.

Two midshipmen were slowly pacing the port side of the quarter deck, where a few feet of shade afforded them shelter from the heat. The one, a somewhat short, well knit lad, with open countenance, well tanned, and blue laughing eyes, his whole appearance giving promise of strength and activity; the other, a tall youth with sandy hair, and pleasant features well freckled. Though tall, he was too well built to be called lanky, and showed that he possessed both strength and activity.

"I say, Archie, I do envy those fellows of the Eolus going on to China; they will see all sorts of fun, for the Celestials are sure not to give in in a hurry. The Eoluses will have the same sort of work that my brother Jack and your cousin Murray went through in the last Chinese war, when they were midshipmen... Continue reading book >>




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