White Jacket, or The World in a Man-of-War

Herman MELVILLE (1819 - 1891)

This is a tale based on Melville's experiences aboard the USS United States from 1843 to 1844. It comments on the harsh and brutal realities of service in the US Navy at that time, but beyond this the narrator has created for the reader graphic symbols for class distinction, segregation and slavery aboard this microcosm of the world, the USS Neversink. (Introduction by James K. White)

Genre(s): Nautical & Marine Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 I - Preface and The Jacket James K. White
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Play 02 II - Homeward Bound James K. White
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Play 03 III - A Glance At The Principal Divisions, Into Which A Man-of-War's Crew Is Divided James K. White
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Play 04 IV - Jack Chase James K. White
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Play 05 V - Jack Chase on a Spanish Quarter-Deck;
VI - The Quarter-Deck Officers, Warrant Officers, and Berth-Deck Underlings Of A Man-of-War; Where They Live In The Ship; How They Live; Their Social Standing On Shipboard; And What Sort Of Gentlemen They Are
James K. White
00:30:30
Play 06 VII - Breakfast, Dinner, And Supper James K. White
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Play 07 VIII - Selvagee Contrasted With Mad-Jack James K. White
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Play 08 IX - Of The Pockets That Were In The Jacket;
X - From Pockets To Pickpockets
James K. White
00:11:37
Play 09 XI - The Pursuit of Poetry Under Difficulties James K. White
00:11:39
Play 10 XII - The Good or Bad Temper of Men-of-War's Men, In a Great Degree, Attributable to Their Particular Stations and Duties Aboard Ship James K. White
00:15:03
Play 11 XIII - A Man-of-War Hermit In A Mob James K. White
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Play 12 XIV - A Draught In A Man-of-War;
XV - A Salt-Junk Club In A Man-of-War, With A Notice To Quit
James K. White
00:29:35
Play 13 XVI - General Training In A Man-of-War James K. White
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Play 14 XVII - Away! Second, Third, and Fourth Cutters, Away! James K. White
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Play 15 XVIII - A Man-of-War Full As A Nut James K. White
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Play 16 XIX - The Jacket Aloft James K. White
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Play 17 XX - How They Sleep In A Man of War James K. White
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Play 18 XXI - One Reason Why Men-of-War's Men Are, Generally, Short-Lived James K. White
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Play 19 XXII - Wash-Day And House-Cleaning In A Man-Of-War James K. White
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Play 20 XXIII - Theatricals In A Man-of-War James K. White
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Play 21 XXIV - Introductory To Cape Horn James K. White
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Play 22 XXV - The Dog-Days Off Cape Horn James K. White
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Play 23 XXVI - The Pitch of the Cape James K. White
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Play 24 XXVII - Some Thoughts Growing Out Of Mad Jack's Countermanding His Superior's Order James K. White
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Play 25 XVIII - Edging Away James K. White
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Play 26 XXIX - The Night-Watches James K. White
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Play 27 XXX - A Peep Through a Port-Hole at the Subterranean Parts of a Man-of-War James K. White
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Play 28 XXXI - The Gunner Under Hatches James K. White
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Play 29 XXXII - A Dish of Dunderfunk James K. White
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Play 30 XXXIII - A Flogging James K. White
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Play 31 XXXIV - Some of the Evil Effects of Flogging James K. White
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Play 32 XXXV - Flogging Not Lawful James K. White
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Play 33 XXXVI - Flogging Not Necessary James K. White
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Play 34 XXXVII - Some Superior Old "London Dock" From the Wine-Coolers of Neptune James K. White
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Play 35 XXXVIII - The Chaplain and Chapel In A Man-of-War James K. White
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Play 36 XXXIX - The Frigate In Harbour.--The Boats.--Grand State Reception of The Commodore James K. White
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Play 37 XL - Some of the Ceremonies in a Man-of-War Unnecessary and Injurious James K. White
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Play 38 XLI - A Man-of-War Library James K. White
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Play 39 XLII - Killing Time In A Man-of-War In Harbour James K. White
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Play 40 XLIII - Smuggling In A Man-of-War James K. White
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Play 41 XLIV - A Knave In Office In A Man-of-War James K. White
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Play 42 XLV - Publishing Poetry In A Man-of-War James K. White
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Play 43 XLVI - The Commodore on the Poop, And One of 'The People" Under the Hands of the Surgeon James K. White
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Play 44 XLVII - An Auction In A Man-of-War James K. White
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Play 45 XLVIII - Purser, Purser's Steward, And Postmaster In A Man-of-War James K. White
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Play 46 XLIX - Rumors Of A War, And How They Were Received By The Population Of The Neversink James K. White
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Play 47 L - The Bay of All Beauties James K. White
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Play 48 LI - One of "The People" Has An Audience With The Commodore And The Captain On The Quarter-Deck James K. White
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Play 49 LII - Something Concerning Midshipmen James K. White
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Play 50 LIII - Seafaring Persons Peculiarly Subject To Being Under The Weather.--The Effects Of This Upon A Man-Of-War Captain James K. White
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Play 51 LIV - The People Are Given "Liberty" James K. White
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Play 52 LV - Midshipmen Entering The Navy Early James K. White
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Play 53 LVI - A Shore Emperor On Board A Man-Of-War James K. White
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Play 54 LVII - The Emperor Reviews The People At Quarters James K. White
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Play 55 LVIII - A Quarter-Deck Officer Before The Mast James K. White
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Play 56 LIX - A Man-Of-War Button Divides Two Brothers James K. White
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Play 57 LX - A Man-Of-War's-Man Shot At James K. White
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Play 58 LXI - The Surgeon Of The Fleet James K. White
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Play 59 LXII - A Consultation Of Man-Of-War Surgeons James K. White
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Play 60 LXIII - The Operation James K. White
00:28:06
Play 61 LXIV - Man-Of-War Trophies James K. White
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Play 62 LXV - A Man-Of-War Race James K. White
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Play 63 LXVI - Fun In A Man-Of-War James K. White
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Play 64 LXVII - White-Jacket Arraigned At The Mast James K. White
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Play 65 LXVIII - A Man-Of-War Fountain, And Other Things James K. White
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Play 66 LXIX - Prayers At The Guns James K. White
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Play 67 LXX - Monthly Muster Round The Capstan James K. White
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Play 68 LXXI - The Genealogy Of The Articles Of War James K. White
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Play 69 LXXII - "Herein Are The Good Ordinances Of The Sea, Which Wise Men, Who Voyaged Round The World, Gave To Our Ancestors, And Which Constitute The Books Of The Science Of Good Customs" --The Consulate Of The Sea James K. White
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Play 70 LXXIII - Night And Day Gambling In A Man-Of-War James K. White
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Play 71 LXXIV - The Main-Top At Night James K. White
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Play 72 LXXV - "Sink, Burn, And Destroy."--Printed Admiralty Orders In Time of War James K. White
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Play 73 LXXVI - The Chains James K. White
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Play 74 LXXVII - The Hospital In A Man-Of-War James K. White
00:19:08
Play 75 LXXVIII - Dismal Times In The Mess James K. White
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Play 76 LXXIX - How Man-Of-War's Men Die At Sea James K. White
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Play 77 LXXX - The Last Stitch James K. White
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Play 78 LXXXI - How They Bury A Man-Of-War's Man At Sea James K. White
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Play 79 LXXXII - What Remains Of A Man-Of-War's Man After His Burial At Sea James K. White
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Play 80 LXXXIII - A Man-Of-War College James K. White
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Play 81 LXXXIV - Man-Of-War Barbers James K. White
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Play 82 LXXXV - The Great Massacre of the Beards James K. White
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Play 83 LXXXVI - The Rebels Brought To The Mast James K. White
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Play 84 LXXXVII - Old Ushant At The Gangway James K. White
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Play 85 LXXXVIII - Flogging Through The Fleet James K. White
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Play 86 LXXXIX - The Social State In A Man-Of-War James K. White
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Play 87 XC - The Manning Of Navies James K. White
00:27:08
Play 88 XCI - Smoking-Club In A Man-Of-War, With Scenes On The Gun-Deck Drawing Near Home James K. White
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Play 89 XCII - The Last Of The Jacket James K. White
00:11:35
Play 90 XCIII - Cable And Anchor All Clear James K. White
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Play 91 The End James K. White
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