I had been serving in the Channel and Atlantic Fleets, continuously, for
seven years—appointed from one ship to another, from a battleship to a
destroyer, from a destroyer to an armoured cruiser, and from her to the
_Russell_. In fact, I began to wonder whether my whole naval career was
to be spent plodding round the British Islands, and the limits of my
world were to be bounded by an occasional view of the coast of France,
and a still more infrequent sight of the rugged headlands of Spain.