The Royal Navy; A History from the Earliest Times to the Present Volume 1

The Royal Navy; A History from the Earliest Times to the Present Volume 1

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...is described as sailing in search of "Estotiland," which lies a thousand miles to the west of "Frisland." Kerry lies not to the west of the Faroes but almost due south,3 and six hundred miles distant. There is no notice in the narrative of so extraordinary a divergence from the course which would naturally be steered. "We were driven we knew not where for eight days," are the words, which suggest, indeed, a divergence, but hardly a voyage in a totally different direction. And the Zeni 1 Vide maps collected in Nordenskjold's ' Facsimile Atlas.' 2 'Zeni, ' xcix. 3 The position of " Icaria" on the chart is also against Kerry, unless this is one of the younger Zeuo's " interpolations." 1390. BOMBASTIC NATURE OF THE STORY. 333 knew of the compass, so that we should expect them to have at least recorded such a change of course. The story of the fisherman hardly concerns us, as he was not an Orkneyman but a Faroe islander. His "Estotiland" has been identified with Newfoundland, his "Drogio" with Nova Scotia. The civilised people he found dwelling in the "fair and populous city " are assumed to have been the descendants of the Norse colony planted centuries before by Leif Eriksson and his followers. There are, however, no clear traces of a Norse settlement in Newfoundland or Nova Scotia; no ruins of a city and no indisputably Norse relics have been disinterred. The ocean of time has closed upon the Norseman and does not give up its dead. Yet the evidence of some settlement appears indisputable.1 Others again have seen in this people the remnants of the Irish colonisation with even less probability. The fact that the people drank beer points to a Norse origin. Yet at no time...show more

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  • Paperback | 286 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 513g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236535782
  • 9781236535788