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Cruise on an Opium Clipper | British opium trade | opium smoking

Opium Salior

Published April 6th 2013
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Excuse me, he continued, but might I ask if youare a seafaring man ? Oh, yes, I replied, I have been well trained to thesea. I suppose I have been in all kinds of ships belongingto almost every nation under the sun. As for my capabilities,IMoreExcuse me, he continued, but might I ask if youare a seafaring man ? Oh, yes, I replied, I have been well trained to thesea. I suppose I have been in all kinds of ships belongingto almost every nation under the sun. As for my capabilities,I leave that to my superiors to judge upon.Well, he observed, I am in want of some menand officers. Would you care about joining our service 1 What service is it ? I asked.The opium trade, and there is the vessel, pointingtowards a moderately sized, trim-looking schooner lying atanchor in the river not far from where we were standing.She looked a perfect beauty as she lay there, with herboarding nettings triced up all round her, and her gunsrun out and shining in the rays of the sun, so brightlywere they polished. Her booms were also swung out forthe various boats to hang on to, for there was more roomin the river then, than there is now. I doubt much if theincreased traffic would admit of vessels having boat boomsswung out nowadays.I had heard a good deal about this opium trade, oneway and another. Some condemned it, while otherslaughed at their conscientious scruples. I was youngand eager for adventures out of the ordinary way ofa seafaring life, so I replied to my questioner that I had no objections to join him, pay and other conditionsbeing satisfactory.