chapter  23
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CRABTREE AND THE SEA

WithF. J. J. Cadwallader

Fluellen Crabtree, cobbler of Chipping Sodbury and former master mariner one night in 1753 stealthily regained his breeches, girded on his sword and bade a silent farewell to the now submisive subsiding form of Mary, his wife. Fluellen’s need to depart arose from that pre-science which was the curse of all the Crabtrees. For he knew that in two and a half short years the Seven Years War would erupt and that England would need all her seamen.