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  • Ditman Olansen, the crank-eyed Norwegian, went Berserker last night in the second dog-watch and pretty well cleaned out his half of the forecastle.


  • In the second dog-watch some careless soul started a song, and by eight bells the whole crew was singing.

    THE SEED OF McCOY 2010

  • We have the phonograph in the second dog-watch every other evening in this fine weather.


  • In the second dog-watch the sailors come on deck, stripped, and heave buckets of water upon one another from overside.

    Chapter 7 2010

  • He had nothing to say whatever, although Margaret and I were jubilant and dared duets through all of the second dog-watch.


  • Shortly after the close of the second dog-watch last evening I went for'ard to the chickens on the 'midship-house on an errand for Margaret.


  • I've half-a-dozen of her records, and I've got the second dog-watch below.

    CHAPTER X 2010

  • Suppose 'm you no fetch' m beer close up, I knock 'm eight bells' n 'a dog-watch onta you.

    CHAPTER III 2010

  • It was in the second dog-watch that evening, a dark night, and the watch was pulling away on the main deck.

    CHAPTER XX 2010

  • Sail was shortened early in the afternoon, to avoid running past in the night; and in the second dog-watch the crew manifested its regained cheerfulness.

    THE SEED OF McCOY 2010


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  • "'"So the dog-watches are shorter than the rest," says the parson, "very well. But why dog, if you please?" As you may imagine, we looked pretty blank: and then in the silence the Doctor pipes up. "Why sir," says he, "do you not perceive that it is because they are cur-tailed?"'

    "Infinite mirth, far greater than on the first occasion long ago, when it had to be explained..."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Ionian Mission, 123

    February 13, 2008