Narrative of a Voyage of Discovery to Africa and Arabia; 1821-1826

Narrative of a Voyage of Discovery to Africa and Arabia; 1821-1826

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ... by the impetuous action of the stormy wind that prevailed within. The Cockburn, while the Andromache was with her, experienced another in its full force. It gave timely warning, as usual; but the vessels were driven about before it, and such boats as were down at the time were either destroyed or materially damaged; yet there was no sea whatever, owing to the shelter that the land afforded. The wind was occasionally quelled by the fury of the torrent of rain that VOL. I. o 194-ASCENT oF THE MAPOOTA. continued falling while the tornado lasted. Not one who was present had ever witnessed so severe a gale; the frigate was borne down by it, as if she was under a heavy press of sail. The Andromache left Delagoa, with the vessels that she had brought with her, on the first of January. During her short stay, the fever had carried off two of the Cockburn's crew; the remainder at that time enjoyed excellent health, although previously several of them had now and then experienced slight attacks. At these times English Bill, and the eight natives who were hired with him, proved very useful. Shortly after the departure of the Andromache, the Cockburn proceeded up the river Mapoota. For a few miles, the shores on each side were thickly studded with mangroves; the country then became more open; it was tolerably well cultivated, and covered with natives, who, as the schooner, favoured by the flood, beat up the river against a contrary wind, expressed by their gestures the greatest admiration and astonishment. The first communication which the crew had with them was at a small village about four or five leagues up. It was some time before they could be prevailed NAT1vEs COME oN BOARD. 195 upon to venture on board, even although English Bill and his...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236514416
  • 9781236514417