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the woman and hung her head over one of the rattlings of the mizen-shrouds, and there she swung by her chin till a wash came and lifted her off, and then she rolled about again. Just then, one of the captains of the frigates came up in his boat. I waved my hand towards the woman,-he stopped pulling, the men dragged her into the boat, and laid her in the stern sheets.
“My man,' said the captain, 'I must pick up those who are in more danger than you.'
“. All right, sir,' said I; “I'm safe moored here.'
“There was one of our men hanging on the mainstay, and roaring like a bull, as he tried to climb by it out of the water. Had he only remained quiet, he would have done well enough. The boat took him ofi' first, and then others of the people who were clinging about the masts and rigging, including the baker and myself. It then pulled on board the Victory with us; and I once more found a good dry plank between me and the salt water.”
“Was the captain and admiral saved ?"
“Captain Waghorn' was: he could not swim; but one of the seamen held him up. The admiral was drowned in his cabin. Captain Waghorn tried to acquaint him that the ship was sinking; but the heeling over of the ship had so jammed the doors of the cabin, that they could not be opened.”
“ What became of the lieutenant of the watch and the carpenter?"
“ The lieutenant of the watch was drowned indeed was the carpenter : his body was taken up, I believe, by the same boat which picked up Lieutenant
Durham.* When I went on board of the Victory, I saw the carpenter's body before the galley fire—some women were attempting to recover him, but he was quite dead.
There was a strong westerly breeze, although the day was fine; and the wind made the water so rough, that there was great danger of the boats getting entangled in the rigging and spars, when they came to take the men off, or more would have been saved.”
“How many do you think were lost altogether?" inquired Anderson.
“We had our whole complement on board, eight hundred and sixty-five men; and there were more than three hundred women on board, besides a great many Jews with slops and watches; as there always are, you know, when a ship is paid, and the men have any money to be swindled out of. I don't exactly know how many men were saved, but there was only one woman, which was the one I dragged out of the port. There was a great fat old bumboat woman, whom the sailors used to call the Royal George, she was picked up floating, for she was too fat to sink; but she had been floating the wrong way uppermost, and she was dead. There was a poor little child saved rather strangely. He was picked up by a gentleman who was in a wherry, holding on to the wool of a sheep which had escaped and was swimming. His father and mother were drowned, and the boy did no: know their names; all that he knew was, that his own name was Jack; so they christened him John Lamb, and the gentleman took care of him.”
* Afterwards Admiral Sir Philip Durham.
“ Havo you no idea how many men were saved, Turner?"
“I only know this,—that the Admiralty ordered five pounds a man to be given to the seamen who were saved, as a recompense for the loss of their clothes, and I heard that only seventy-five claimed it; but how many marines were saved, or other people who were on board, I do not know; but perhaps, altogether, there might be two hundred or more,—for you see the Stamen had the worst chance of being saved, as they were almost all down in the hold, or on the lower and main decks at their guns. A few days after the ship went down the bodies would come up, eight or ten almost the same time-rising to the top of the water 80 suddenly as to frighten people who were passing near. The watermen made a good thing of it; for, as the bodies rose, they took from them their shoe-buckles, money, and watches, and then towed them on shore to be buried.”
“That lieutenant had much to answer for,” observed Ben: “his false pride was the cause of it all.”
" It would seem 80,—but God only knows,” replied Anderson. Come, my lads, the beer is out, and it's two bells in the middle watch. I think we had better turn in. Jack, what's to become of you ?"
"Oh! I'll find a plank," said I. "So you shall, boy, and a bed upon it," replied
come and turn in with me, and don't you dream that the larboard lower deck ports are open.”
MY FATHER MAKES HIS APPEARANCE, HAVING LEFT HIS LEG, BUT
NOT HIS TAIL, BEHIND HIMMY FATHER IS PENSIONED OFF BY MY MOTHER AS WELL AS BY HIS COUNTRY.
ABOUT six weeks after the intelligence of the battle of the Nile, as I was sweeping away from the steps the mud which had been left by the tide, a King's Tender that I had been watching as she came up the river, dropped her anchor in the stream, abreast of the Hospital
Shortly afterwards, the lieutenant who commanded her pulled on shore in his boat; and landing at the steps, proceeded to the governor's house.
The men having orders not to leave the boat, requested me to procure them some porter, which I did; and on my return with it, they informed me that they had come round from Portsmouth with sixty-three men, who had lost their limbs, or had been otherwise so severely wounded in the late action, as to have been recommended for Greenwich.
I felt very anxious for the men to land, as it was possible that my father might be one of them. The lieutenant soon returned, jumped into the boat, and shoved off. I perceived that the disabled men were getting ready to land, hauling their chests and kits on deck. In about half an hour, a boat full of them came to the steps. I ran down to assist; and as I held on to the gunnel of the boat, while they threw out their gang-board, the first person who stumped out was my father, minus his left leg.
66 Ah! yes
• Father!" cried I, half sorry and half pleased. “Who calls me father?” replied he, looking at me. Why, you don't mean to say that you're my boy Tom?" “Yes, indeed!” said I,
I recollect your smile now. Why, what a big fellow you've grown!” “ It's four years since you left, father."
Well! I suppose it is, since you say so," replied áe, taking me by the arm, and stumping a little of one side, when he said in a low tone, “I say, Jack, what became of the old woman? Did I settle her ?”
“Oh! no," replied I, laughing," she was only shamming."
“ Shamming, was she? Well! it's all the better, for she has been a little on my conscience, that's truth. Shamming? Heh! She won't sham next time, if I fall foul of her. How does she get on ?"
“Oh! very well indeed.”
“ And how's your little sister ? What's her name Jenny lengthened at both ends? I never could recollect it, though I've often thought of her sweet little face.”
“She's quite well, and as pretty and as good as ever.”
“ Well! Tom, my boy, you stood by your father when he was in trouble, and now he'll stand by you. How does your mother treat you ?"
“We get on pretty well — not over fond of each other.”
“Well, Tom, I've only one pin left; but I say,” continued my father, with a wink of his eye, “I hav'n't left my tail behind me, 'cause it may be useful you