I have held in this theatre that the true estimate of our seaman class is the number of able seamen. An ordinary seaman is a seaman in embryo a an apprentice. Taking my view we have not 10, 000 British man-of-wara#39;s men in the fleet. ... for he refers indirectly to it in a dozen different places in his essay, which 1 may here say is a most admirable one, and the best ... In a ship with only three- sevenths seamen, and about one-seventh marines, the remainder must be non- combatants !
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