Excerpt from Contraband: A Romance of the North Atlantic
Even the brief view I had obtained of the boat impressed me strongly, both with its beauty, and sea going qualities. I was sailor enough to appreciate all this at a glance. The Esmeralda was quite evi dently the last word in marine construction - a play thing to a man to whom expense meant little. I was aboard a steam yacht, schooner-rigged aloft, of over fifteen-hundred tons, constructed for deep-water cruis ing, well-manned, and able to combat the storms of any ocean. Within, the furnishings were rich and tasteful, while the manner in which she slipped through the waters evidenced the mighty power of the engines. Within my stateroom the vibrations of the screw were scarcely perceptible, yet already we must have been traveling seaward at fifteen knots.
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