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The Ship of Ice

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Pages: 156

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Publisher: Date:8/4/2009 - General Books LLC

By: S. W. Sadler

Excerpt from book: Chap. in.—" The Anchor's Weighed." AFTER breakfast the following morning, George paid his bill, and, it is needless to say, overpaid the waiter. In fact, he had not the least idea how much he ought to give to that grave attendant. At first be put a quantity of silver into the outstretched palm. Then, seeing that the hand was still held out, he placed another shilling in it, looking at the man's face the while to see if he were satisfied : but not a twinkle of satisfaction was there. Another, and yet another. Still the waiter " Held him with his glittering eye." Nor was the hand withdrawn until the boy's purse was emptied of its last piece of silver.Then the money was pocketed in an aggrieved manner : and with a sigh of resignation, which made George fear that he must be a dreadfully stingy fellow, the waiter announced— " Your cab is at the door, sir." There was a short drive to London Bridge, half-an-hour on board the Woolwich steamboat: then, stopping at a pier near Deptford, the boy hired a waterman to take him on board the " Undaunted." The ship had left the docks, and was moored, ready for sailing, in the middle of the stream. Falkland, as he came alongside, looked up with the deepest interest at his floating home: and Winton, who was at the gangway, helped him up the ladder. Then for the first time in his life the boy trod the deck of a ship. An officer of a tall, commanding figure, who was walking the quarter-deck on the starboard side, at once shook hands with George, and welcomed him to the " Undaunted." " Mr. Winton will take you over the ship, and shew you your mess-place. You will live with the other officers, and will find yourselfcomfortable enough, I hope. I rather fancy your father seemed to think that you were going as a boy, and not as a...  

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