True Blue

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From an Introduction by Herbert Strang.

The present volume gives a capital description of life in the Navy in days of the old three-decker, and many interesting particulars of the naval warfare in the revolutionary period, including the battle of the "glorious first of June." It differs from the average boys' story in one important respect. The hero, instead of gaining a title and a fortune, refuses to rise above the class in which he was born, and attains no higher rank than that of a warrant-officer. The author skilfully introduces little touches and incidents, such as True Blue's conduct when at a theatrical performance, which make his career seem
entirely natural and reasonable, and enlists the sympathy and approval of the reader. "He had not aimed high, in one sense of the word," says Kingston in the closing pages, "and yet he had in another sense always aimed high and nobly--to do his duty." In Kingston's eyes no mariner, nor any other man, could have higher praise.

  • Author: W. H. G. Kingston
  • Title: True Blue: or, The Life and Adventures of a British Seaman of the old School
  • First Published Place: UK
  • First Published Format: HC
  • First Published Date: 1862

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