This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ...other's voices. Besides, we knew you were French privateers; and when we did observe the boats shove off, pulling towards ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ...other's voices. Besides, we knew you were French privateers; and when we did observe the boats shove off, pulling towards "us, we thought they came to see what plunder they could pick up, not to save us." Here the mate's hard north-country visage brightened, and his small blue eye glistened from under his high cheekbones. " I have seen many brave and good boatmen come off in life-boats, and other shoreboats on our coast, in gales when no ship could shew a rag of canvass, but no man ever saw such a devil's bay as we lay in. The eddying swell whirling round and round, flying up like waterspouts, dead men, tea-chests, casks, bales of silk and cotton, ship-sails, spare boats and oars, men's hammocks, chests, were all tossed topsy-turvy about together. It made me Sir, very queer to look at it; for they all seemed alive, and the men moved their arms and legs about as if they were drunk. There was in particular an old balck nurse holding a white child in her arms, which she seemed trying to re-ship on board us, and then she spun round and round the rocks; and I thought I heard the body squeeling, every time they were dashed against the rocks. A man near me on the yard never took his eyes off her; and, all at once, he called out, as if he were stark mad, ---" Ay, ay, old devil, I am coming 1 I am coming!"--and dashed head foremost amongst 'em; he didn't strike out a stroke, but went down like lead. The old captain told me not to look below; and I did feel my head going round, as if I were top-heavy. A fish or a cork could not float steadily for an instant in that roaring whirlpool, and yet the American captain got near enough, after a number of trials, to throw a lead line on board, ...Read Less
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