master's mates, very few remained in the service at the close of hostilities, a notable exception being Admiral Farenholdt
, who worked his way up from an enlisted man to rear-admiral.
The life of enlisted men on the blockading vessels was monotonous in the extreme.
Only a few on the smaller or the faster ships saw very much of excitement, and, except for the bombardment of the forts, very little fighting.
From the time a man enlisted on the receiving-ship until his term of service was up, very few of the sailors ever set foot ashore.
In consequence, there was much grumbling in many of the forecastles, but taking it as a whole the men were well fed, well cared for, and contented.
The crews of the ships despatched on foreign service and in search of the Confederate cruisers were picked men, although many of them came also from the volunteers.
When it is taken into account that six hundred vessels were provided for the navy, of which two hundred war-ships were constructed, and four hundred and eighteen merchant vessels, three hundred and thirteen of which were steamers, were converted into ships of war, it can easily be seen how few men who were actually deep-sea sailors were placed on board of them.
There was very little attempt made to do more than to work them into useful shape at first.
The adage of the old service was, “It takes three years to make a sailor,” and sailors, in the proper sense of the term, most of them never became.
But on the regular ships of the navy all the old order was maintained.
The warrant-officers consisted of the boatswain, gunner
, sailmaker, and carpenter, and the divisions of the crew in this order followed: petty officers, able seamen, ordinary seamen, landsmen, and first-and second-class boys.
The chief petty officer is the master-at-arms, who is really the chief of police
of the ship; he has two assistants, who are called ship's corporals.
Then come the quartermasters, who, with the captain of the forecastle, are supposed to be the best of the ship's seamen.
The quartermasters, in time of action, steer the vessel, and in port, report to the