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

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

Herman Melville

1. 01 - Preface and The Jacket
2. 02 - Homeward Bound
3. 03 - A Glance At The Principal Divisions, Into Which A Man-of-War's Crew Is Divided
4. 04 - Jack Chase
5. 05 - Jack Chase on a Spanish Quarter-Deck; 06 - 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
6. 07 - Breakfast, Dinner, And Supper
7. 08 - Selvagee Contrasted With Mad-Jack
8. 09 - Of The Pockets That Were In The Jacket; 10 - From Pockets To Pickpockets
9. 11 - The Pursuit of Poetry Under Difficulties
10. 12 - The Good or Bad Temper of Men-of-War's Men, In a Great Degree, Attributable to Their Particular Stations and Duties Aboard Ship
11. 13 - A Man-of-War Hermit In A Mob
12. 14 - A Draught In A Man-of-War; 15 - A Salt-Junk Club In A Man-of-War, With A Notice To Quit
13. 16 - General Training In A Man-of-War
14. 17 - Away! Second, Third, and Fourth Cutters, Away!
15. 18 - A Man-of-War Full As A Nut
16. 19 - The Jacket Aloft
17. 20 - How They Sleep In A Man of War
18. 21 - One Reason Why Men-of-War's Men Are, Generally, Short-Lived
19. 22 - Wash-Day And House-Cleaning In A Man-Of-War
20. 23 - Theatricals In A Man-of-War
21. 24 - Introductory To Cape Horn
22. 25 - The Dog-Days Off Cape Horn
23. 26 - The Pitch of the Cape
24. 27 - Some Thoughts Growing Out Of Mad Jack's Countermanding His Superior's Order
25. 28 - Edging Away
26. 29 - The Night-Watches
27. 30 - A Peep Through a Port-Hole at the Subterranean Parts of a Man-of-War
28. 31 - The Gunner Under Hatches
29. 32 - A Dish of Dunderfunk
30. 33 - A Flogging
31. 34 - Some of the Evil Effects of Flogging
32. 35 - Flogging Not Lawful
33. 36 - Flogging Not Necessary
34. 37 - Some Superior Old London Dock From the Wine-Coolers of Neptune
35. 38 - The Chaplain and Chapel In A Man-of-War
36. 39 - The Frigate In Harbour.--The Boats.--Grand State Reception of The Commodore
37. 40 - Some of the Ceremonies in a Man-of-War Unnecessary and Injurious
38. 41 - A Man-of-War Library
39. 42 - Killing Time In A Man-of-War In Harbour
40. 43 - Smuggling In A Man-of-War
41. 44 - A Knave In Office In A Man-of-War
42. 45 - Publishing Poetry In A Man-of-War
43. 46 - The Commodore on the Poop, And One of 'The People Under the Hands of the Surgeon
44. 47 - An Auction In A Man-of-War
45. 48 - Purser, Purser's Steward, And Postmaster In A Man-of-War
46. 49 - Rumors Of A War, And How They Were Received By The Population Of The Neversink
47. 50 - The Bay of All Beauties
48. 51 - One of The People Has An Audience With The Commodore And The Captain On The Quarter-Deck
49. 52 - Something Concerning Midshipmen
50. 53 - Seafaring Persons Peculiarly Subject To Being Under The Weather.--The Effects Of This Upon A Man-Of-War Captain
51. 54 - The People Are Given Liberty
52. 55 - Midshipmen Entering The Navy Early
53. 56 - A Shore Emperor On Board A Man-Of-War
54. 57 - The Emperor Reviews The People At Quarters
55. 58 - A Quarter-Deck Officer Before The Mast
56. 59 - A Man-Of-War Button Divides Two Brothers
57. 60 - A Man-Of-War's-Man Shot At
58. 61 - The Surgeon Of The Fleet
59. 62 - A Consultation Of Man-Of-War Surgeons
60. 63 - The Operation
61. 64 - Man-Of-War Trophies
62. 65 - A Man-Of-War Race
63. 66 - Fun In A Man-Of-War
64. 67 - White-Jacket Arraigned At The Mast
65. 68 - A Man-Of-War Fountain, And Other Things
66. 69 - Prayers At The Guns
67. 70 - Monthly Muster Round The Capstan
68. 71 - The Genealogy Of The Articles Of War
69. 72 - 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
70. 73 - Night And Day Gambling In A Man-Of-War
71. 74 - The Main-Top At Night
72. 75 - Sink, Burn, And Destroy.--Printed Admiralty Orders In Time of War
73. 76 - The Chains
74. 77 - The Hospital In A Man-Of-War
75. 78 - Dismal Times In The Mess
76. 79 - How Man-Of-War's Men Die At Sea
77. 80 - The Last Stitch
78. 81 - How They Bury A Man-Of-War's Man At Sea
79. 82 - What Remains Of A Man-Of-War's Man After His Burial At Sea
80. 83 - A Man-Of-War College
81. 84 - Man-Of-War Barbers
82. 85 - The Great Massacre of the Beards
83. 86 - The Rebels Brought To The Mast
84. 87 - Old Ushant At The Gangway
85. 88 - Flogging Through The Fleet
86. 89 - The Social State In A Man-Of-War
87. 90 - The Manning Of Navies
88. 91 - Smoking-Club In A Man-Of-War, With Scenes On The Gun-Deck Drawing Near Home
89. 92 - The Last Of The Jacket
90. 93 - Cable And Anchor All Clear
91. 94 - The End

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Summary

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)