Table of Contents:
  • The ocean. "The building of great ships"
  • The master of Badger's Island
  • The wreck of the William Badger
  • The town that made shoes
  • The Bonney journal
  • The Bliss journal
  • Deck wallopers and blubber-room hands
  • The harbor. Unfit for service
  • Hampton Roads coal hulk
  • "Contrabands of war"
  • The capture of Beaufort
  • "The sound of the last trumpet"
  • Wartime storeship
  • The scandal
  • The Fort Fisher campaign
  • The last watch
  • Appendix. post-William Badger profiles.