"Captain Tushin's, your excellency!" shouted the red-haired, freckled gunner in a merry voice, standing to attention.
As he approached, a ringing shot issued from it deafening him and his suite, and in the smoke that suddenly surrounded the gun they could see the gunners who had seized it straining to roll it quickly back to its former position.
"When this answer was returned, and that safety of life was promised, the common sort being now at the end of their peril the most drew back from Sir Richard and the Master Gunner
, (it) being no hard matter to dissuade men from death to life.
If the projectile is to command the gunner
, we had better ram the gunner
into the gun.
The boatswain, the gunner
, the carpenter, and all the inferior officers, as soon as I was gone off in the boat, came up, and desired to speak with the captain; and then the boatswain, making a long harangue, and repeating all he had said to me, told the captain that as I was now gone peaceably on shore, they were loath to use any violence with me, which, if I had not gone on shore, they would otherwise have done, to oblige me to have gone.
It may be we may kill some alcamies (a fowl like our curlews) for ourselves, for I know he keeps the gunner
's stores in the ship." "Yes," says he, "I'll bring some;" and accordingly he brought a great leather pouch, which held a pound and a half of powder, or rather more; and another with shot, that had five or six pounds, with some bullets, and put all into the boat.
An old gunner
with a grey beard--that I can see now--with steady eye and grave face, went up to the gun and took a long aim.
He came over as he was, and the "Shikarris" shouted till the Gunners
' Mess sent over to know if they might have a share of the fun.
For example, a proportion of them, always the best marksmen, direct their fire entirely upon the wireless finding and sighting apparatus of the big guns of an attacking naval force; another detail attends to the smaller guns in the same way; others pick off the gunners
; still others the officers; while certain other quotas concentrate their attention upon the other members of the crew, upon the upper works, and upon the steering gear and propellers.
Some of the gunners
, in the exuberance of their enthusiasm, fired solid shot; but fortunately they had sufficient good judg-ment to train their pieces on the open sea, so no harm was done.
As the limber gunners
went to the rear, his horse trod in a rabbit hole and came down, throwing him into a depression of the ground.
Through the trees he watched the black figures of the gunners
as they worked swiftly and intently.