The Cruise of the Comet; The Story of a Privateer of 1812, Sailing from Baltimore, as Set Down by Stephen Burton

The Cruise of the Comet; The Story of a Privateer of 1812, Sailing from Baltimore, as Set Down by Stephen Burton

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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. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...my uncle for permission to go. " Ashore, lads? Of course you shall! Every good privateersman enjoys himself when he can, and so long as the crew behave themselves while at liberty, just so long do I make it a point to give them all possible pleasure of that kind. If you report on board before sunset, and do not leave the schooner until after sunrise, you are at liberty to explore the island to your heart's content while we are refitting." ' There was in our minds, as we prepared to visit the island, only the thought of odd sights to be seen, and no suspicion of the dangers we were destined to encounter. CHAPTER VI. A PLOT. IT was not until we were ready to go on shore that Donald and I understood how venturesome had Captain Tom been in thus stopping at Trinidad. Instead of anchoring off the Port of Spain, as we lads had expected would be the case, the Comet was moored under the shore in a little cove which, although close by the point that shut out the ocean from the Gulf of Paria, was not disclosed to our view until we had actually entered. It was a tiny harbour or basin among the coral reefs, and so nearly screened from view of any one entering the gulf as to make it really a hiding-place. It was as snug a port as any privateersman could wish, and so surrounded by land that the Comet might safely lie there throughout any weather with but a single anchor down. As I have said, Donald and I wondered why we did not proceed directly to the Port, and had we given more attention to our geography lessons in the past, the surprise would have come to us that Captain Tom had dared enter this gulf at all. When we made ready to go ashore, I remarked carelessly to the first mate that I had hoped we might have laid so near the Port of...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236902297
  • 9781236902290