Two squadrons, consisting of merchant ships and convoys under command of an admiral and vice-admiral, made the trip each year.
They were received by the vice-admiral with extravagant demonstrations of joy.
The vessel they were approaching, carried two stern-lights, indicating that a vice-admiral was on board.
"This seems explicit enough, gentlemen," resumed the vice-admiral.
Had made my band-o-bast for running over to Helles, but the vice-admiral cabled he wanted to see me if he could at 11.45.
When quite near, he hauled up his main-sail, by order of the vice-admiral.
He held the rank of her majesty's admiral-at-the-seas, and William Borough, the comptroller of the navy, was his vice-admiral.
This sight produced a sudden change in all the vice-admiral's movements.
"It is out," rejoined the vice-admiral, as one would give emphasis to the report of a calamity.
The vice-admiral arrived at the town the second night after the queen had landed.