Philip Vandeleur's Victory

Philip Vandeleur's Victory

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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. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ..."Berenice," a recital somewhat tedious to the reader, I fear, but necessary to record, in order that it may follow me through the remainder of these pages. From a boy I have sprung up into a young man, and on this 22nd of August, 184--, am walking the quarter-deck of H.M.S. " Hyacinth," now lying at Spithead with the blue-peter flying, awaiting the reply, from the Admiral's office, to our signal requesting permission to weigh. Our destination was Madras, and there we arrived, after a somewhat tedious passage of three months, only to take in water and fresh provisions before moving on again; for the Admiral had sailed for Hong-Kong, leaving orders for us to follow him to that island without delay. After a lengthy passage it is particularly disappointing to miss the run on shore which the scanty accommodation of a small ship renders so pleasant, but there is no help for such contre-temps in Her Majesty's service, where orders must be obeyed without question; and we had scarcely tired of feasting our eyes upon the surf-beaten city, before the clank of the pauls resounded as the anchor was run up to the bows, and the sails once more threw a shadow on the deck. In due course we reached Hong-Kong, and after a fortnight to paint, refit, give the men a run a-shore, and get our clothes washed, we were ordered off once more, this time to Manilla, where an English vessel had run aground, giving rise to some salvage dispute between her owners and the Spanish Government. We looked forward to this trip with great pleasure, as the men-of-war on the East Indian station seldom have an opportunity of visiting the Philippines. A week's pleasant cruise brought us to our destination, when, much to our disappointment we found the ship's draught of...
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  • Paperback | 58 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236539966
  • 9781236539960