... commanded by good or incompetent masters ; showing, therefore, the advantage, as regards preserving the character of British seamen, of their being commanded by a class of persons who should combine with skill in their profession, a knowledge of the... Parliamentary Papers - Page 8by Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons - 1848Full view
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Great Britain. Parliament - Great Britain - 1848
...observation of the incompetency of British shipmasters" — (that was pretty strongly a fishing question) — "to manage their vessels and their crews, whether...properly maintaining authority on board their ships." And then he went on to state his object :— " My object is to show the necessity for authoritative...