Says Eblis: "I consider I must have considerably damaged this cruiser, as 20 feet of her side plating was left in my foc'sle."
"All the others have bolted like rabbits, some into the galley, and others into the foc'sle," he said.
The foc'sle was large, for she carried between twenty-five and thirty men.
Beds resembling the bunks in the foc's'le of a ship lined the walls.
At breakfast the next morning I was telling my shipmates about the strange man on the foc's'le.
Them blessed bells is nothing to me now, not being in the foc'sle trying to git a bit of a snooze.
Then, when that happened, I was taken back to the foc'sle an' the lashings was put onto me again.
Next moment the foc'sle door was flung open and the second-mate put his head in.
Early on the following morning the look-out upon the foc'sle head reported land on the starboard bow.
She was just about to move away and turn in, when she saw the foc'sle door open and a man creep stealthily out.