The Coble; A Few Papers Written During Leisure Hours of the Winter of 1884-5

The Coble; A Few Papers Written During Leisure Hours of the Winter of 1884-5

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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. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ..."Lucinda," and " Caledonia," boats of " Our" Club, were allowed to enter for the race, but ought to have been rejected on the ground of their superior sailing qualifications and the perfection of their sails and gear. The wind was at first N.N.E. and very moderate, and the boats hung together, making little or no progress. It however soon veered west and fmshening, the contest began in earnest. The "Caledonia" sailed away from the ruck followed by " Indian Hunter," " Scotia," " Polly," " Ada," &c. The run south was a fine sight, and to those on board of the oflicial steamer especially. The cobles rounded the centre buoy in the following Or(ie1" viz: " Caledonia," " Ann," " Scotia," " Indian Hunter," &c. After passing the centre buoy, a long board was made in-shore by all the boats except the " Indian Hunter" which stood off to sea; her crew apparently abandoning the race to hunt for ships, and, as in the course of the afternoon the wind returned to the N.N.E. and placed her to windward of the others, it was a lucky hit for her. After leaving the centre buoy the " Caledonia" outsailed the fleet so rapidly that it was considered she would eventually be the winner by at least a mile. When tacking off the Trow Rocks however, she encountered a sudden and violent squall which carried away her long mast, and many precious minutes were lost before a jury one could be rigged and stepped. She was, notwithstanding this mishap, in time to win the 2nd prize, though by only ten seconds, and would have won the first one if she had continued under the jib and mizen only, or...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123679222X
  • 9781236792228