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Post by Carolin » November 4th, 2018, 7:01 am

The Three Commanders by William Henry Giles Kingston (1814 - 1880).
Terence, Jack, and Alick met as boys at a boarding school, and later entered the Navy together. While sailing with different ships, their paths have interwoven and they have had many adventures together: first as midshipmen, then as Lieutenants. In this volume, we see the young men rise to the rank of Commanders. But along with the fame and responsibility, the perils waiting for them increase, too. In this way, we see Terence, Jack, Alick, and their young companions chase slavers around the coast of Africa, saving and freeing as many enslaved people as possible, going through fierce sea battles, and finally heading toward Russia to fight in the Crimean War. ( Carolin)
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Post by Carolin » December 26th, 2018, 2:45 am

Chapter Divisions:

Chapter Four
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“We must burn the craft and make the best of our way out of the river,” he exclaimed. “Get the prisoners into the boat, and we will then set the dhow on fire, and prevent her, at all events, from taking on board another cargo of ebony.”

part 2, please start at
While the men were carrying out his orders, the old Arab captain, who had been left at liberty, came up to him, and made signs that there was some object of great value in the hold which he was anxious to recover. In his eagerness, as with half bent body he stretched out his hands, he seized Adair by the beard, tears actually running down his eyes.

Chapter Ten
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It reconciled him completely to being compelled to command a steamer, which formerly, with the feelings of the old school, he had looked upon as a somewhat derogatory employment. Night and day the brightest lookout was kept, and every suspicious dhow chased and boarded. For some time, however, only legal traders were fallen in with.

part 2, please start at
It was natural to suppose that as Jack was fresh on the station he would require the most efficient interpreter, and Hamed was therefore transferred to the Gauntlet, Murray taking another provided by the consul in his stead.

Chapter Eleven
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The midshipmen saw the other Arabs pointing them out to him. A consultation which was then held resulted, apparently, in a resolution to attack them. Shouts and cries of hatred arose from the assembled Arabs, who, flourishing their weapons, advanced towards the hill, evidently with the intention of climbing it.

part 2, please start at
We must leave the midshipmen in their perilous predicament, and follow the Gauntlet, which, having captured one of the dhows, of which she was in chase as has been described, stood after the other two. They were both fleet vessels, and, with their enormous sails filled to bursting, seemed to glide over the surface like those winged creatures which may be seen in summer skimming across the surface of a pool.

Chapter Thirteen
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On getting close to her, it was seen that she had suffered more severely than had been supposed; her whole stem frame was knocked in, and the sea must have made a clean breach through her, so that no one could have remained on board. Her masts and guns were gone, and the whole of her stores had either been washed out of her, or had since been carried away. There were signs, indeed, that she had been plundered by a large party, as the marks of numerous feet were discerned on the sand above high-water mark.

part 2, please start at
While Jack and most of the party had been examining the rock, Hamed, with Desmond and Tim Nolan, had gone on towards a height some distance from the shore, under the expectation of being able to obtain from its summit an extensive view inland. After leaving the rock, Jack sent the party, two or three together, to examine the rocks, to ascertain if the bodies of any of the crew had been washed up upon them.

Chapter Fourteen
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Jack and his consort opened their fire on the Russian troops, who still remained in sight; but they, knowing that their field-pieces could produce no effect upon the ships, quickly retired out of harm’s way, and the steamers again stood off the shore.

part 2, please start at
It was not till some time afterwards, on the release of the crew, that Jack heard of the circumstances connected with the loss of the Tiger. She had gone on shore during a fog, when her situation was perceived by a body of Russian troops, who at once brought a battery of field-guns to bear upon her, assailing her incessantly also with a fire of musketry.

Chapter Fifteen
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Where the conflict had raged the hottest, the surgeons, who had followed closely the advancing forces, were employed with tourniquets doing their utmost to stop the life-blood flowing from the veins of the wounded. Although the two midshipmen had seen a good deal of fighting, they both turned sick as they gazed at the fearful wounds inflicted by the round-shot.

part 2, please start at
The road they took leading them some way to the north of the Alma, it was only after they had proceeded a considerable distance that they came to the part of the ground where the English had chiefly fought. On the eastern side was the burned village of Bourliouk; the hillside was covered with the corpses of the men of the infantry regiments, intermingled with the bodies of the grey-coated, helmeted Russians.

Chapter Sixteen
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Many an eye was watching the gallant leader of the charge, who, fighting his way round to the right, with a portion of his troopers, at length emerged on the left flank of the Russians, shortly afterwards followed by the colonel of one of the regiments; who immediately ordered the trumpeter to sound the rally, the other officers also quickly re-forming their men.

part 2, please start at
The whole mass of Russians had by this time begun to heave upwards against the slope of the hill; the horsemen on the outside were first seen breaking away, and the next instant the whole of the vast body began to disperse, retreating, and endeavouring to save themselves by flight, followed by some of the victorious troopers; who were, however, as speedily as possible recalled, to save them from being exposed to the fire of the Russian artillery, which would have opened on them from the opposite heights.

Chapter Twenty One
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The Flash being actively engaged, Tom had plenty of work, and very little time to think about his lady-love. His conscience was not at all troubled when he was sent in to burn stacks of corn and hay, and other Government property; indeed, had he been so, as he had heard Jack observe that by doing so the war would be the sooner brought to a conclusion, he would have considered that he was doing what would be well pleasing to the colonel and his family.

part 2, please start at
Although Adair thought Tom a goose for falling in love, he yet placed great confidence in his gallantry and discretion. The Flash had been sent to the eastern end of the Sea of Azov. She was cruising one day close inshore, when her commander observed a fort which mounted six guns, but could see no gunners to fight them.

Chapter Twenty Two
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As a natural consequence, all the unmarried and unengaged officers lost their hearts to Russian young ladies, and it was said that Feodorowna received certainly two if not three offers before the evening was over. Jack, when he found the state of affairs, began to consider whether he had not made a mistake in coming to the place.

part 2, please start at
Not till morning dawned did they return on board. Honest Higson was, of course, the hero of the evening, and it was very evident, from the attention the colonel paid him, that he was well pleased with his intended son-in-law. At breakfast the next morning, Higson begged Jack to wait till his wedding, which he told him had been fixed for the next day.

Chapter Twenty Four
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Even there, as they looked in the direction from whence they had come, they could see the burning mountain blazing away as furiously as at first; the upper portion, which appeared above the horizon, presenting the appearance of a vast shining cone, with a crown of fire rising towards the sky. Far-off as it was, the light it cast had enabled them to see the breakers much sooner than they otherwise would have done, and had been the means thus of saving their lives.

part 2, please start at
Daylight now appeared, and a glimpse was caught of the sun through an opening in the cloud just above the horizon. His rays fell on a hilly country, richly wooded, with streams flowing down at the bottom of the valleys, one of which emptied itself directly opposite the break in the reef by which they had entered. As yet no natives had appeared, nor were any huts seen, but it could scarcely be supposed that so fine a region was destitute of inhabitants.
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Post by Carolin » December 27th, 2018, 3:06 am

this project is now ready to go! all readers and a dpl are most welcome :D
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Post by Kikisaulite » December 27th, 2018, 4:56 am

May I be the DPL please? :)
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Post by Carolin » December 27th, 2018, 5:37 am

absolutely :D
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Post by Carolin » December 27th, 2018, 2:52 pm

Off we go to readers wanted!
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Post by gabrielglenn » December 30th, 2018, 10:22 am

I like to claim section 1 please:

1 Chapter One 7,100 - Murray’s Highland Home—A Visit from Admiral Triton—Adair and his Nephew appear—Murray appointed to the Opal, Adair First Lieutenant—Preparations for Departure—Admiral Triton and Mrs Deborah invite Mrs Murray to stay at Southsea—The Opal and her Crew—A Poetical Lieutenant—Parting between Miss Rogers and Adair—The Opal sails for the East Coast of Africa.

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Post by Carolin » December 30th, 2018, 11:24 am

thank you!
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Post by gabrielglenn » January 1st, 2019, 5:32 pm

Quick question: should I be reading the part between "Chapter One" and the start of the text?

I'm referring to this bit which seems like a disjointed synopsis of the chapter:

"Murray’s Highland Home—A Visit from Admiral Triton—Adair and his Nephew appear—Murray appointed to the Opal, Adair First Lieutenant—Preparations for Departure—Admiral Triton and Mrs Deborah invite Mrs Murray to stay at Southsea—The Opal and her Crew—A Poetical Lieutenant—Parting between Miss Rogers and Adair—The Opal sails for the East Coast of Africa."

Going to skip it because it feels like something that should be skipped...

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Post by Carolin » January 2nd, 2019, 1:55 am

Oh yes no skip them. I forgot to add a note about them in the first post :thumbs:
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Post by vijayanarasimhan » March 22nd, 2019, 7:16 pm

Hi

I like to claim Section 2 (Chapter 2).

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Post by Carolin » March 25th, 2019, 12:01 am

Thank you!
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Post by vijayanarasimhan » March 25th, 2019, 7:21 am

Thanks Carolin.

I'll start the reading.
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Post by cwhat64071 » April 19th, 2019, 7:18 am

Good Morning,

If possible, I would like to claim sections 20, 21, 22, and 23.

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Post by Carolin » April 19th, 2019, 10:52 am

Thank you :thumbs:
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