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Born in England December 12, 1870, he first went to sea at 16, onboard the ship Astoria, with a cargo of coal bound for Shanghai. He suffered a fall and ended up hospitalized in China, where he took to his passion of painting ships. The downtime provided him the opportunity to earn a second mate's certificate, and he joined the Blue Anchor Line as a junior officer. He served for seven years, and spent years as a stage actor following this.
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