- Feb 4, 2004
I've got a question: Could you visit the bridge, if you where a (first class) passenger?
A good point. The sheer physical toughness of these men is sometimes overlooked, but even the youngest of them knew what it was to deal with either an unruly crew or a rough sailor town (or both). James Moody, for example, wrote of the need for apprentices to band together to protect themselves against a bully mate. One unruly crew ocassioned the observation that there was a fair old chance that they officers would be murdered in the bunks - it was necessary to have police aboard in port. Very typical was the incident when a steward polished off a lot of grog and 'then went forward and wanted to fight all hands, because he felt so cheerful.'He'd have been removed so fast his head would spin. All the officers were old sailing ship men and they were handy with their fists. When they were finished with him, he'd be dealt with by the Master-at-Arms, if necessary, at gunpoint.