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The Diplomat -“What startled me most about White-Jacket, though, is how contemporary his descriptions of sea life sound. Many of the
Neversink crewmen will be instantly familiar to anyone who's served in modern U.S. Navy surface ships, the passage of time and advances in technology notwithstanding. … The contem-porary feel to Melville's storytelling speaks volumes about why navies are the tradition-bound services they are."