The Boy's Own Sea Stories; The Adventures of a Sailor, Narrated by Himself

The Boy's Own Sea Stories; The Adventures of a Sailor, Narrated by Himself

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...myself a little warm clothing, of which I stood much in need. I had now been so long in warm weather that I had scarcely any woollen clothes, and dreaded doubling the Cape with so poor a fit-out as I possessed. But necessity knows no law. Whether I wanted or not, I had to face the weather. Although three weeks ashore in Port Loius, I saw scarcely anything of the city, and nothing at all of the suburbs and neighbourhood, or of any other portion of the island. The city is situated at the bottom of a tolerably roomy basin, which forms the anchorage. It is surrounded on all sides, but the north, with high mountains, the rugged volcanic peaks of which rise in most singular shapes. The population is composed of many different nations, both Oriental and Occidental Among Europeans, French and English predominate. Of the Eastern races, the Hindoos are in point of numbers the strongest, but there are Parsees, Chinese, Malays, Africans, Madagascar ones, Arabs--in short, representatives of nearly every race and nation of the Orient. The natives, who are mostly black, the descendants of Madagascarenes, speak a barbarous species of French, but generally understand English in addition. The little I saw of the Mauritius pleased me much, and I resolved if possible to return thither at some future time, and make it my port of departure for a while, sailing hence in the little traders which frequent the bays of Madagascar, and explore the adjoining African coast, and the islands of the Indian Ocean. As this one of my day-dreams was, singularly enough, realised to some extent afterward, I will defer any farther description of Port Louis and its environs until it turns up again in the regular course of my narrative; merely saying here, that it derived much of its...
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  • Paperback | 114 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 218g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236504801
  • 9781236504807