A Share In The Whole Ship


The first time Jones and his shipmates saw this camaraderie at work, stunned silence settled throughout the British ship. The extent of the sailors’ astonishment was “not easy to explain,” Jones said. But clearly it was based on more than a mere class-bound response to lese majesty (and indeed may have a good deal to do with the fact that some forty years later Jones was writing his account of it in “a tiny corner of a small port in the United States”). “It was as if each individual American gob had a share in his ship, the whole ship, and not just in one or two small corners of it.”