At age 16, George Cupples convinced his father to let him go to sea as a ship's boy on an Indiaman. After the 18-month out-and-back voyage, he returned to Scotland, entered university and spent the rest of his life in Edinburgh, where he devoted himself to writing and dog breeding. He was, by the way, a correspondent of Charles Darwin. Cupples' experience at sea contributed heavily to The Green Hand (1856), which loosely follows the outward voyage of an indiaman.
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