Part of the Acorn Archive
Hearts of Oak
Royal Navy [1891-1905]
This is the story of a man from North Devon.
It has been transcribed from his own notes and diaries,
a great deal of which was written on board the ship HMS BLANCHE,
and there are a number of documents, as well as his own biographical notes and letters to friends, which describe the times,
his work and life.
It must be emphasised here that these were written in a time
before present social codes and sensitivities.
It was also a very different world.
A world where words were used without malice.
A man of honour and respect.
An intelligent, humble and sensitive man.
West Africa Station Service 1900-1904
Coastguard Service from 1905
Charles Lewis had written, in his Journal.
Ideals of Friendship
“Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort
of feeling safe with a person;
having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but,
pour them all right out as they are, chaff and grain together,
knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping and
with the breath of kindness blow the rest away”
From Mrs Craik’s “Life for a Life”
“For the first time I carried on a conversation;
for the first time was the inmost sense of my words returned to me
more rich, more full, more comprehensive from another mouth.
What I had been groping for was returned clear to me.
What I had been thinking I have been taught to see”
“We were mixed up as meeting streams,
both to ourselves were lost,
We were one mass.
We could not give or take but for the same,
for he was I, I he.”