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The sea life of 1861: life on the Federal war-ships

A “powder-monkey” on a deep-sea craft This smart little “monkey” is a sailor, every inch. In the old navy, the powder, before the days of “fixed ammunitions,” was brought up in canvas bags or powder buckets, and during an action these brave little fellows were constantly on the run from their divisions to the magazine. Under the break of the poop-deck behind the little lad are to be seen the cutlasses that every sailor wore in the old days and that have now disappeared from the service.

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