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[15] Now I saw this man in his spare time inspecting all the stores that are wanted, as a matter of course, in the ship.1 I was surprised to see him looking over them, and asked what he was doing. “Sir,” he answered, “I am looking to see how the ship's tackle is stored, in case of accident, or whether anything is missing or mixed up with other stuff.

1 Or, more probably, “during the voyage.”

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