He graduated from Yale, served as a deck officer in the U.S. Navy.
The up-coming steamer knew that something was wrong and her deck officer was sounding a danger signal.
"The captain of this ship wants to abandon her," said the deck officer.
The deck officer had turned her over to the purser and it was evident that the latter was in for an unpleasant quarter of an hour.
The deck officer had not once taken the glasses off the periscope.
He ran her alone, with only the Malay serang for a deck officer.
Nodding, the deck officer stuck his thumb in the whorl-lock of the door and entered the cabin.
So near were the two vessels that the deck officer's voice was distinctly heard calling his quarter-master to "port the helm."