Says Eblis: "I consider I must have considerably damaged this cruiser, as 20 feet of her side plating was left in my foc'sle."
Beds resembling the bunks in the foc's'le of a ship lined the walls.
The foc'sle was large, for she carried between twenty-five and thirty men.
"All the others have bolted like rabbits, some into the galley, and others into the foc'sle," he said.
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.