Narrative of the Voyages and Adventures, of George Irwin During Ten Years in the Navy & Merchant Service, Written by Himself

Narrative of the Voyages and Adventures, of George Irwin During Ten Years in the Navy & Merchant Service, Written by Himself

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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. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ...the course of the night we got the plughole stoped; and then we could keep her pretty frte of water. It still blew very fresh, and our only carJ was to keep the boat head to thewind for fear of upsetting. VVc continued in this position all night, in full expectations at day light to be relieved from our perilous situation. But when it appeared we swept the horizon round without seeing anything but water-and sky; and the frail boat that we were in, which was the only hope we had to depend on. We could form no idea what distance we were from lan.h but I was possitive we were on a lee shore, as when I left the helm at. four o'clock in the afternoon the wind was W.N.W., till we never inclined bearing in for the coast, expecting to fall in with some of the fleet. We kept drifting all day, and about two hours before sun set I stood up on the head sheets and thought I saw land, but my companions persisted I was wrong. But I still had a notion that land could not be far off; I sat myself down and resumed my task at the oar. After rowing a while I took another look out, and was convinced that I saw the mountains above Cadiz, how it happened 1 cannot tell, but my big flushing coat was in the boat, I told the two men that were pulling the two mid-ship's oars to be sure to keep her head to wind, while I took the bow and alter oars, the one to make a mast, and the other a yard, having got them rigged out, I took my coat for a sail, and jumping into the ttern sheets. I picked up a piece strand of a rope made a grummet, and taking one of the oars, I clapt her right'before the wind. A little before sun set we were within half a mile of the beach, on which was running a very heavy surf, and how to take it seemed to be very hazardous; and not knowing the coast, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236565355
  • 9781236565358