Great Shipwrecks

Great Shipwrecks

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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. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...sped through the water at the rate of thirteen miles an hour. It was equally impossible to turn off the steam and stop her, for no man could descend into the burning engine-room and live. The captain probably hoped that the vessel would' be arrested in her headlong course by the exhaustion of the boilers; not knowing that one of the engineers, at the first alarm of fire, and to prevent explosion, had turned on the feeding-pipe from the cistern, so as to maintain a continuous supply. Ho ordered the boats to be kept fast until he should command them to be lowered, and cheered the men in their strenuous exertions to save the ship. But of all man's slaves which occasionally become his masters, Fire, when it throws off its subjection, is the most tyrannical; and on board the Amazon it refused to check its fury. So, as the ship sped onward, and the flames waxed ever stronger, and the chances of safety were diminished, the cry broke out, " Every man for himself!" The captain hurriedly issued orders to lower the forward life-boats; but it was too late. They too were on fire! When this was discovered, all order and discipline seemed to disappear immediately, and instead of fortitude and resolution, a selfish desire for preservation entered almost every breast. Not, indeed, that men worthy of Old England were wholly wanting in this terrible crisis; for many of the crew and passengers still expressed themselves willing to obey the orders of the captain and Mr. Roberts, his chief officer. Endeavours were made by different groups, says a recent writer, to get the boats into the water; and now were seen, in horribly fatal light, the consequences of adopting an innovation upon established practices without using necessary precautions. The...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 299g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236906373
  • 9781236906373