Mustering by Divisions

The Sabbath came, and it brought with it a stiff breeze. We usually made a sort of holiday of this sacred day. After breakfast it was common to muster the entire crew on the spar deck, dressed as the fancy of the captain might dictate; in blue jackets and white trowsers, or blue jackets and blue trowsers; at other times in blue jackets, scarlet vests, and blue or white trowsers; with our bright anchor buttons glancing in the sun, and our black, glossy hats, ornamented with black ribbons, and with the name of our ship painted on them (Leech 71).

Leech, Samuel

1999 A Voice from the Main Deck. Chatham. London

The electronic edition can be found here: Thirty Years from Home; Or A Voice from the Main Deck

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