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White Jacket

Herman Melville


"The first night out of port was a clear, moonlight one; the frigate gliding though the water, with all her batteries. It was my Quarter Watch in the top; and there I reclined on the best possible terms with my top-mates. Whatever the other seamen might have been, these were a noble set of tars. "

Published in 1850

Published in 1850, White Jacket is both a retelling of Melville's adventures as a seaman on the man-of-war United States and an expose of naval practices of which the public was only dimly aware.

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