The Beach Patrol; A Story of the Life-Saving Service

The Beach Patrol; A Story of the Life-Saving Service

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...that any could go who wished. A minute before almost any man there would have given a hundred dollars to be set ashore; but now that the way was open, they were willing to stand by the ship. The scene was much worse in the steerage, where they went next to inspire confidence. Ackerley had arrived by this time, and the four went down among the poor immigrants, who were sure that their last hour had come. Many of them could speak no English; they wept, groaned, prayed, in many languages. And when they learned that the three Life-Savers had really come from the shore, they wanted to hug them and shed tears of joy over them--no very pleasant thing, Tom thought, for they were none too clean. As matters stood now, there was little for the Life-Savers to do unless the ship began to show signs of breaking up; and the modern liners are too strong to go to pieces on a sandy beach except in the most violent seas. Tom and Ackerley and the Captain were of use to inspire confidence, but that was all for the present. He s a cool fellow, this Captain, Tom said to Captain Powers, when he had a chance. Yes, cool enough, the Captain answered, but he deserves to go to State s prison. Why so, Captain? Tom asked, surprised at such an assertion. For risking the lives of all these people, the Captain replied. Don t you see how the thing happened? That whistle we heard out in the fog came from the City of Boston. These two steamers have been racing across the Atlantic for the last four days. If the City of Boston could beat the fast Earopia into New York, it would be a great feather in her cap. She-was bound to try it, anyhow, and the Europia was bound not to let her do it...."show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236601505
  • 9781236601506