The Cruise of the Alice May in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Adjacent Waters

The Cruise of the Alice May in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and Adjacent Waters

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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. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...sea, which decided us to head on our original course, instead of running to the leeward of Entry Island. If it should come on to blow hard, we considered that it would beat down the old sea, and we could then run for the southern side of Entry; while, if the wind moderated, we were gaining in every mile we sailed. Cruising among the Magdalen Islands is not a trifling sport; it requires judgment and caution, for there are no harbors accessible in bad weather, and the lee under the land made with one wind may become a deadly foe the next hour, while the seas which the winds raise in the Gulf are exceedingly dangerous, not because they are unusually high, but because they are short and steep--just the sort of waves which trip vessels rolling in a calm, or cause them to founder when hove to. But the wind soon began to moderate, and we headed northeast for the Bay of Islands, two hundred and fifty miles away. It was with enthusiasm that we saw the Alice May at last shaping a course for what promised to be one of the most interesting points in our cruise. The reports we had heard regarding the grandeur of the scenery on the west coast of Newfoundland, together with the savage reputation of the cliffs and people, had fired our imagination. Bryon Island and Bird Rock bore about west at noon; the latter was only two miles distant. It is indeed a lonely spot, entirely bare, and occupied only by the three light-keepers. Access can be had to it only by a crane overhanging the water from the precipice. A chair is lowered, and visitors are hoisted from the boat. The Rock has been the scene of two disasters within the last fifteen months. When the keepers were firing the fog-gun it exploded and killed two of them on the spot. It was several days before...show more

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  • Paperback | 42 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 95g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236889452
  • 9781236889454