chapter  IV
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There was something about Captain Blewitt which Northwood did not quite like, yet the new commander of the Don Pedro was a taking sort of man, a good-looking fellow of some forty years of age, well educated, and wellconnected, as it afterwards appeared. There was nothing unsatisfactory about the new captain for several voyages. Indeed, he showed himself to be a smart sailor, who could make quick passages. But after a certain time, Northwood had occasion to remark that, once the Don Pedro got into harbour, the barque rode at her anchors until she threatened to "ground on her beef bones," and that the captain himself seemed to be a man much given up to his pleasures when in port.