The New Portsmouth, Southsea, Anglesey and Hayling Island Guide; Interspersed with Historical Notices

The New Portsmouth, Southsea, Anglesey and Hayling Island Guide; Interspersed with Historical Notices

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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. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...Royal: Ge0rge, a ship of war, carrying 100 guns, with nearly 900 persons on board, including the brave veteran, Admiral Kempenfelt, then upwards ofseventy years of age, sunk almost instantaneously to the bottom of the sea. This dreadful accident happened in consequence of the ship having been heeled down, in order to be repaired on the side; when the water rushing into the portholes of the lower gun deck, caused her to sink so rapidly, that all attempts to escape, other than by swimming, were impossible; consequently, nearly all on board perished. A victualling hoy, which lay alongside, was also borne down in the vortex, occasioned by the sinking of the ship. The latter was afterwards got up, as were the guns and part of the stores of the Royal George. Among the remarkable escapes at the time of this catastrophe, the following have been selected for notice: --the Captain (Wrangham) swam to a boat, and was picked up; and Lieutenant Durham (late Admiral Sir Philip C. H. Durham, G.C-B.) swam to the shore. Just as the ship was sinking, the Captain saw a young gentleman named Pierce, about twelve years of age, and said to him, "Pierce, can you swim?" to which he replied, "No." The Captain said, "Then you must try," and immediately threw him overboard. Mr. P., who related the circumstance to a friend said, " The moment I fell into the water, one of the seamen jumped overboard, and fell right upon me. I then thought it was all over; but fortunately, I know not how, I caught hold of him, and as he swam well, he kept both of us above water, until the ship settled, when he swam with me to the main shrouds, and landed me on the top." A sheep also swam on shore, with an infant on its back, who held only...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236776569
  • 9781236776563