|Publisher:||Franklin Classics Trade Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.46(d)|
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32 ON BOARD SHIP. cannot stand, sit, or lie in your berth, without holding tight on to something; and at meal times, notwithstanding the arrangements made for holding them, the plates, dishes, and their contents are sent flying about the cabin, and you fly after them if, in your anxiety to stop them, you let go your hold. A ship's tendency to roll is increased or decreased by the manner in which the cargo is stowed. In the Akbar the weights were badly placed. The captain, however, was not to blame for this. Wishing to make a quick voyage, he had taken the utmost care in loading his ship; but when partly laden the owners ordered him to take on board 200 tons of shot and railway iron. When that was stowed away, orders came that he should provide accommodation for about 250 men, women, and children, with their stores, water, andc. No wonder, then, that he often said that he was afraid she would roll her masts out. Notwithstanding, we made a fair passage out, reaching Calcutta in rather less than three months and a-half, although we sailed up the ' Hooghly without having the assistance of a steam- tug, as is usually the case. A few days after leaving Queenstown, Captain Graham, who commanded the Akbar, said to us, " I have on board a quantity of stores for youbeer, wine, andc., and I think it would be much more pleasant for all parties if one of you would take charge of them, and order the steward to put them on the table when you want them. Here is the list, you can see what has been provided for you, and if you finish it all during the first week, you will have no one to blame but yourselves." This was at once done, and CooteON BOARD SHIP. 33 volunteered his services as caterer; butso generous a provision had been made, that a large quantity remained unconsumed at the end...