The Men of the Merchant Service


Frank Thomas Bullen (Author)

Series: Historical Manuscripts

BISAC: BIO034000

Published in 1900, this book was written for anyone interested in going to sea or simply curious about the work of sailors. Drawing on his own experience and extensive research, the author outlines the duties, qualifications, and responsibilities of various members of the ship’s company, creating a portrait of a sailor’s life.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Rise of the Master (Ideal)

Chapter 2. The Rise of the Master (Real)

Chapter 3. The Master (Of a Tramp)

Chapter 4. The Master (Sailing Ships)

Chapter 5. The Master (Sailing Ships)—Continued

Chapter 6. The Master’s Qualities

Chapter 7. The Master’s Duties

Chapter 8. The Master’s Duties—Continued

Chapter 9. The Mate

Chapter 10. The Mate’s Work

Chapter 11. The Mate’s Work (In a Sailing Ship)

Chapter 12. The Mate’s Work (In a Sailing Ship)—Continued

Chapter 13. The Second Mate (In Steam)

Chapter 14. The Second Mate (First Steps)

Chapter 15. The Second Mate (Of a Sailing Ship)

Chapter 16. The Third Mate

Chapter 17. The Bo’sun

Chapter 18. The Carpenter

Chapter 19. The Sailmaker

Chapter 20. The Steward (In Steam)

Chapter 21. The Steward (Sailing Ships)

Chapter 22. The Cook (In Steam)

Chapter 23. The Cook (Sailing Ships)

Chapter 24. The Cook (Sailing Ships)—Continued

Chapter 25. The Apprentice (Suggestions)

Chapter 26. The Apprentice (Some Facts Concerning His Life)

Chapter 27. The Apprentice (Some Practical Information)

Chapter 28. The A.B. (General Qualifications)

Chapter 29. The A.B. (His Routine)

Chapter 30. The A.B. (His Position)

Chapter 31. The O.S. (Ordinary Seaman)

Chapter 32. The Boy

Chapter 33. The Engineer

Chapter 34. The Fireman and Trimmer

Chapter 35. Conclusion


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