Nobby Ewart

Captain Charles J.F. ("Nobby") Ewart was in command of H.M.S. MELPOMONE in the Mediterranean and West Indies 1859-1863 and was renowned for his meticulous views on uniformity.

Stories related of him include the whitewashing of one of the ship's fowls so that it would match the others, the securing of chickens to the deck with staples and ducks with tacks to ensure their being accurately 'dressed by the right' for inspection, and even the blackening of the eyes of the rest of his boat's crew when one member appeared with a black eye.

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