Rockingham or the Younger Brother

Rockingham or the Younger Brother

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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. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ...we had hands enough in the maintop. Still keeping the lead, I moved to the extremity from which the accidents had occurred, and proceeded, faithful to my word, to take the earing myself. This had been, on board the Culloden, one of my frequent and favourite exploits; yet, though not an unpractised hand. I had never made the attempt in such circumstances. The whole force of the gale seemed directed against me, as if to precipitate me from the giddy eminence I had reached, and never in the whole course of my life have I had such a desperate need of the utmost firmness of my nerves, and the utmost strength of my arm. The French topmen, however, stimulated by the presence and exertions of one whom they considered as merely an English landsman, fell stoully to their work; and point after point was firmly secured, until the sail was closely reefed. I then descended upon deck, and had the inexpressible gratification of hearing the four stout fellows who were at the helm declare to Royaumont, as I approached him, that the ship was perfectly manageable. Then luff a little more, said the captain, and all will be right. We were soon enabled to ascertain thatl had not been mistaken, and, though high rocks arose within a few hundred yards on either quarter, there was a channel through which we could move in comparative security. This we traversed with the utmost caution, until we were safe again in the deep water without. For some hours the gale continued with unabated force; but it now bore us away from the perilous approach of the coast, which we had neared too much in the night. During the evening the wind fell, the straits narrowed upon us, and we found an excellent anchorage in a small and sheltered bay. You...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236570448
  • 9781236570444