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"Reading in" a new captain

The reference here that Mary made to Harry Thompson’s "To the Edge of the World" intrigued me enough to locate a copy and begin reading it (today). It concerns Charles Darwin's fateful voyage on the Beagle, but it also focuses on the Beagle's captain, Robert Fitzroy.Click Here for some info on him.

I realize that this book is a fictionalized account and subject to the author’s whims but it is supposedly based on facts. On page 27 (near the bottom), as Fitzroy assumes command of the Beagle, Fitzroy’s commission is read to the crew, not by himself, but by the then acting captain of that ship, Lieutenant W.G. Skyring.

I’ve never read any account where the new captain did not read himself in, but upon reflection, having a current officer "read in" a new captain almost makes sense. It’s like passing the baton of command from one officer (known to the crew) to another.

Has anyone run into this method of "reading in" before, especially in a first hand account? Or is this just a mistake by the author?


Wed Oct 11, 2006 10:15 am
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