The Log of the Blue Dragon, 1892-1904

The Log of the Blue Dragon, 1892-1904

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...that our sin) was under water./ Tired as we were we hastened to where we had left the dinghy, and sure enough nothing but the burgee of the Blue Dragon was visible above the water. Our clothes (we had nothing whatever but what we stood in) were soaked. We fed at the hotel and talked to the visitors till midnight; then skipper and bosun went off to board the Blue Dragon. It was now low water and she was high and dry. We dragged and carried the dinghy for half-a-mile to where she lay--found her full of water. She had taken the ground on the edge of a pool, the starboard leg had been forced up and a great hole made in the top and second planks. Skipper baled her out whilst the bosun tried to repair damage; but it was an awkward job as the gunwale was under water in the pool. Then we waited till the tide began to flow. Soon we saw that the repairs were of little use. The water poured in, the night was dark, our lantern was unfixable, and for two long hours we toiled. First one and then the other baled with the bucket, standing up to our knees in the water, baling out floating candles, cigars, biscuits, leaves of books, etc., etc. The yacht being right on her beam ends the pump would not work until the water had risen a great height inside, then one pumped whilst the other baled. The skipper was almost done, but the bosun did double spells with the bucket. The water still gained. It was frantic, back-breaking, heart-breaking work filling the bucket in the angles and corners of the cabin top, lifting it high overhead and chucking its contents over the side; at last, almost at the end of our strength, though the bosun's efforts were gigantic, the skipper gave a great shout, " She's rising!" and slowly the gunwale more

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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236873181
  • 9781236873187