On the schooner were two white men, the skipper
and the second mate, with half a dozen black boys.
She'll likely be comin' down on the marnin' train," the skipper had soliloquized, and gone inside to change his clothes and wash.
An' thus 'ull be the loddie," the skipper said, reaching out a hesitant hand to the child's cheek.
For my part," Solomon was reported by his wife to have said once, "give me the dullest ass for a skipper before a rogue.
As to our old man, you could not find a quieter skipper.
Well, tbat's a boat-load of lunatics, sure," said the skipper, as he rang up the engine-room and tossed a bundle of newspapers into the schooner.
Long Jack stood it in silence for a time, - an angry skipper makes an unhappy crew, - and then he spoke across the table after supper:
Our brave skipper
was missing, as were eight others.
And not until the skipper
ordered his first small beer did I order one for myself.
I believe he had seen us out of the window coming off to dine in the dinghy of a fourteen-ton yawl belonging to Marlow my host and skipper
of the boat, on the other hand, was called Neil Roy Macrob; and since Macrob was one of the names of Alan's clansmen, and Alan himself had sent me to that ferry, I was eager to come to private speech of Neil Roy.
When our skipper
came back we learned that the steamer was the Sommerville, Captain Nash, from West Australia to Singapore via Batavia with mails, and that the agreement was she should tow us to Anjer or Ba- tavia, if possible, where we could extinguish the fire by scuttling, and then proceed on our voyage--to Bankok