Outdoor Games and Recreations; A Popular Encyclopaedia for Boys

Outdoor Games and Recreations; A Popular Encyclopaedia for Boys

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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. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...the sculls, too, are useful, as their broad tops do not sink so deep in the mud. Push against the roots of the rushes, or the rushes themselves, and be careful that the blade doesn't slip and send you toppling into the water. Budd generally straddled the bow with his shoes and stockings off, and catching hold of the most distant rushes he could reach, pulled them towards him. A yard and a half a minute is not bad racing-time under such circumstances. You emerge suddenly into a swiftly-flowing and terribly weedy stream that swings your boat completely round, unless you are quick enough to seize the sculls and pull hard Then the towing-line is again thrown to the man on the bank, who all this time has been cooling his heels and shouting derisive remarks, and the crew settle down for a few minutes' rest. Vain hope! in twenty yards there is a bend of the river so sharp that the tower is actually pulling the boat backwards. Shouts bring him to a not unwilling stop, and some one has to take the sculls again and pull round the corner with the assistance of a man punting with the long boat-hook, for the rudder is no good, there is not enough way on for it to take much effect. Every few hundred yards the towing fails owing to trees, or bushes, or more rushes, or something or other; then the line has to be wound up (an awful nuisance), and the tower taken on board, unless he prefers to find a cross-country route to where there is the semblance of a path again. This is what boating on the very Upper Thames is like, and I hope you will enjoy it. Ham Weir, just below Hannington Bridge, is a picturesque spot, and a capital place to have dinner. Kempsford is a village a mile and a half farther on; the square tower of the church is conspicuous for some time. It...show more

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  • Paperback | 214 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 390g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236514025
  • 9781236514028