Notes on Naval Novelists

By Olaf Hartelie, published March 1913


In some ships there must have been more than one berth for the junior officers, for Neale, in Gentleman Jack, speaks of the midship berth, occupied by the assistant surgeons, (denominated at that time doctor’s mates), the captain’s clerks, and two mates. Elsewhere the same author, speaking of a line-of-battle ship in the Channel Fleet under Lord St. Vincent, says:- As this was a crack ship, it was the first and only one that had canvas screens for the midshipmen, a privilege till then reserved to the mess of the doctor’s mates.

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Filed under: English Channel | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Harbours & Dockyards | Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

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