The New Annual Register, Or, General Repository of History, Politics, Arts, Sciences, and Literature for the Year Volume 1821

The New Annual Register, Or, General Repository of History, Politics, Arts, Sciences, and Literature for the Year Volume 1821

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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. 1822 edition. Excerpt: ...to be hoisted, but the captain, stupified by liquor, would not consent. Between four and five o'clock, the" water forced away the cabin deck windows, and the luggage, provisions, &c. were floated up, the sea breaking over them. The waves increased along with the rising tide, and at last brought the vessel on her broadside. Soon after after the boat and deck lumber were washed overboard. AH who were able now got upon the ehrouds, and some held on by ropes fastened to the bulwarks, or to wherever they could find to keep them out of water, it being then breast high on deck, and nothing but the weather gunnel and mast to be seen. In this manner, men, women, and children clung, until exhausted by the continuance of the waves that burst over them, they began to drop from their hold and were overwhelmed. One tremendous wave which struck the 'weather bow, carried off from ten to fifteen poor souls at once, and every succeeding wave appeared to mark its victims; the survivors had scarcely time to breathe between. The captain was among the first who perished. A woman with two children was washed from her hold, and they all three perished, locked in each other's arms. Out of ten men who clung to the ropes, seven were washed overboard by a tremendous wave. It is impossible to learn the exact number of those who perished, but it may be safely stated at fifty souls. Many of the passengers were of the most respectable families on their way to meet his majesty in Ireland, and carried with them considerable property. All the survivors state the accident to have originated in the intoxication of the captain and his mate, and the greater part of the crew, the steward and one or two others only having done their duty. Between seven and eight o'clock the...show more

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  • Paperback | 390 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 694g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236639979
  • 9781236639974