Mary S. Lynn
Another side note: Did you know or meet MacQuitty?
Did E.J. Smith really begin his career at sea as a cabin boy? Those cabin-boy-to-Captain stories are pretty rare!
From Webster's dictionary:quote:
Hawse-hole He has crept through the hawse-hole, or He has come in at the hawse-hole. That is, he entered the service in the lowest grade; he rose from the ranks. A naval phrase. The hawse-hole of a ship is that through which the cable of the anchor runs
And here's a lovely usage from Herman Melville himself:quote:
– To come in at the hawse holes, to enter the naval service at the lowest grade. [Cant]
Generally I use the phrase 'hawse pipe' as that is what Lowe himself used, but of late I've heard 'hawse hole' so often it has slipped into my lexicon!quote:
Eyeing Don Benito's small, yellow hands, he easily inferred that the young captain had not got into command at the hawse-hole but the cabin-window, and if so, why wonder at incompetence, in youth, sickness, and aristocracy united? Such was his democratic conclusion.